Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, October 31, 2019

Note: FOX’s live NFL broadcast may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network 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.) 2.8/14 10.19
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.1/5 5.69
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.7/4 5.76
Superstore (NBC) 0.7/4 3.14
The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.97
8:30 p.m. The Unicorn (CBS) – R 0.5/3 3.79
Perfect Harmony (NBC) 0.5/3 2.45
9 p.m. A Million Little Things (ABC) 0.7/3 4.14
The Good Place (NBC) 0.7/3 2.28
Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.6/3 4.54
Mysteries Decoded (The CW) – F 0.1/1 0.60
9:30 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) 0.6/3 2.62
The Unicorn (CBS) – R 0.4/3 3.27
10 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC) 0.7/4 3.89
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) 0.4/2 2.23
Evil (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.15


Thanks to the Halloween holiday, there were a number of predictable upticks and downticks in this week’s Thursday primetime ratings.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” topped the night’s scripted shows, despite scoring only a season low 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, down two-tenths from its 1.3 last Thursday. “A Million Little Things” similarly fell back down from its previous 0.9 to a 0.7, and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.4) capped off the night for the network, also down a tenth week-to-week.

NBC’s “Superstore” took its first hit of the season so far, slipping from a 0.8 to its first 0.7 of the fall. It was NBC’s only show of the night to slip from its ratings a week ago though, as “Perfect Harmony” (0.5), “The Good Place” (0.7), “Will & Grace” (0.6), and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7) all rose one-tenth from their last outings.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “Thursday Night Football” game was, unsurprisingly, the night’s top broadcast. Pending updates, the network’s broadcast of the San Francisco vs. Arizona game averaged a 2.8 rating and 10.19 million viewers, on par with how last week’s “TNF” game performed in the preliminary numbers.

On the CW, a “13 Scariest Movies of All Time” special raked in a 0.2 with 973,000 viewers, leading into the finale of “Mysteries Decoded,” which posted a 0.1 with 603,000 viewers. CBS, meanwhile, took the holiday off, and aired only repeats.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/14 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.5/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.19 4.02 3.04 3.61 0.79



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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