Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 3, 2019

Note: FOX’s live NFL broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the networks in the finals later today.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Thursday Night Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.7/18 12.05
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.3/6 6.01
Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.0/6 8.13
Superstore (NBC) 0.8/4 2.84
iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 0.76
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) 0.8/4 6.01
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.5/2 2.14
9 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.9/4 4.79
Mom (CBS) 0.8/4 6.40
The Good Place (NBC) 0.6/3 2.15
9:30 p.m. Carol’s Second Act (CBS) 0.7/3 5.68
Sunnyside (NBC) 0.3/2 1.28
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/3 3.34
Evil (CBS) 0.6/3 4.25
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.5/3 2.66


CBS had a fairly steady night on the second Thursday of the season.

At 8 p.m., “Young Sheldon” posted a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, down from its 1.1 final rating last week but steady with its premiere’s preliminary rating. “The Unicorn” followed it with a 0.8, matching its rating from a week ago, while “Mom” (0.8), “Carol’s Second Act” (0.7), and “Evil” (0.6) all stayed even week-to-week as well.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” remained the night’s no. 1 scripted show, despite falling from its season premiere’s 1.5 rating to a 1.3 this week. Its lead-out, “A Million Little Things” (0.9), similarly slipped one-tenth from its last outing, as did “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.5).

On NBC, “Superstore” (0.8), “Perfect Harmony” (0.5), and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) all matched their ratings from last Thursday. The same could not be said, however, for “The Good Place” (0.6) and “Sunnyside” (0.3), both of which dropped one-tenth week-to-week.

Rounding out the night, FOX’s second “Thursday Night Football” broadcast predictably won the night for the network, averaging a 3.7 rating with 12.05 million viewers. That puts it down a bit from the 3.9 preliminary rating and 12.71 million viewer audience that last week’s “TNF” broadcast scored, before adjusting up to a 5.6 with 17.62 million viewers in the finals.

Meanwhile, night 2 of the CW’s annual “iHeartRadio Music Festival” special averaged a 0.2 rating with 760,000 viewers.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.7/18 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 12.05 4.49 5.79 2.52 0.76



Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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