Masked Scheduler's Ratings Smackdown

"Will & Grace" probably lifted the surrounding comedies by a tenth, maybe two. It will not be bridged by "Grey's Anatomy" next week so I'm going 2.5-2.6. NBC needs to find some more compatible comedies for next season.
Shonda Rhimes got out of the network business just in time. Her brand will be hurt if evaluated by ratings moving forward.
FOX will renew "The Orville" for a second season for the same reasons "Scream Queens" got the Season 2 renewal.
On a mission for the next two weeks, so you may or may not be getting my invaluable insights. We'll see.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Note: CBS’ live NFL broadcast will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (CBS) 2.3/9 9.31
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 2.3/8 7.95
Superstore (NBC) – P 1.2/5 4.57
Gotham (FOX) 0.8/3 2.79
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.4/2 1.72
8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Football (CBS) (8:30-11 p.m.) 3.2/12 10.70
The Good Place (NBC) 1.3/5 4.62
9 p.m. Will & Grace (NBC) – P 2.9/10 10.04
The Orville (FOX) 1.1/4 3.73
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.2/1 1.05
9:30 p.m. Great News (NBC) – P 1.3/5 5.13
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 1.10
10 p.m. Chicago Fire (NBC) – P 1.5/6 7.18
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – P 1.1/4 4.03


“Will & Grace” returned to NBC after 11-plus years with solid ratings Thursday. The show scored a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and a shade over 10 million viewers, the best non-NFL number of the night by a long shot. It was also the best premiere by an NBC comedy (excluding post-Olympics episodes) since 2011.

It did not, however, give much of a halo to NBC’s other comedies. Lead-out “Great News” (1.3) had its best rating ever, but it also lost more than half of the “W&G” audience in adults 18-49. “Superstore” premiered to a 1.2, off 0.3 from last season’s debut and slightly ahead of its 2016-17 average.

“The Good Place” was even with last week’s premiere at 1.3. “Chicago Fire” scored a 1.5, off 0.3 from its 2016 premiere but in line with its average last season.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” opened to a 2.3, above its 2016-17 average and off a bit from last year’s premiere (2.5). “How to Get Away with Murder,” however, had its lowest-rated premiere at 1.1, below last year’s 1.4 and its season average of 1.3.

“Gotham” (0.8) slipped two tenths of a point vs. its premiere last week on FOX, but “The Orville” held steady at 1.1 despite increased competition. CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, which included a first-half weather delay, is currently at 3.2 and 10.7 million viewers. It should adjust up in the finals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/11 1.9/7 1.6/6 1.0/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 10.46 6.64 6.45 3.26 1.39


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.1/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 2.2/6

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: n/a, delayed by NFL overrun

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: n/a, delayed

: 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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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