Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, September 27, 2018

Note: A live NFL broadcast on FOX will result in greater adjustments than usual for the networks in the finals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NFL Thursday Night Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.3/14 10.08
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.1/10 11.74
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.8/8 6.79
The Good Place (NBC) – P 1.0/4 3.12
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.78
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) 1.6/7 10.08
9 p.m. Mom (CBS) – P 1.3/5 7.99
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – P 1.1/4 5.08
The Originals (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.50
9:30 p.m. Murphy Brown (CBS) – P 1.1/4 7.42
10 p.m. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – P 0.8/4 2.99
S.W.A.T. (CBS) – P 0.7/3 4.98


Thursday night’s premiere of “Murphy Brown” – coming back to the air 20 years after its original run concluded  – couldn’t produce the kind of nostalgia-boosted ratings as other recent sitcom revivals.

Coming off the season 6 premiere of “Mom” as a lead-in, which scored a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and was down only one-tenth from its premiere last year, “Murphy Brown” grabbed a 1.1 for itself in the demo with 7.42 million viewers. But while it retained most of the “Mom” audience, it still came in behind both of CBS’ other series premieres this week, “Magnum P.I.” (1.2) and “FBI” (1.3), which are lukewarm at best results for a revival of an already established series.

It was a down night for CBS elsewhere as well, as both “The Big Bang Theory” (2.1) and “Young Sheldon” (1.6) fell four and one-tenth from their Monday premieres earlier this week. “SWAT” rounded out the night with a series low 0.7. Meanwhile, FOX’s first “Thursday Night Football” broadcast of the season easily dominated the night with an early 3.3 in 18-49 and 10.08 million viewers, on par with the preliminary “TNF” ratings from around this time last year.

On ABC, the “Grey’s Anatomy” season premiere posted a 1.8 – down from its premiere last Fall (2.3), its season 14 finale (1.9), and its 2017-18 average (1.9). “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.8) also fell three-tenths year-to-year.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Good Place” raked in a 1.0 with its hour-long season premiere, three-tenths less than the 1.3 it premiered with a year ago, and a tenth below its 1.1 season 2 average. It was followed by a 2-hour “Law & Order: SVU” (1.1), which like most veteran series this week, returned down from its premiere a year ago (1.4).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.3/14 1.5/6 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.08 5.52 8.44 4.10 0.64



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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