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||
|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|
|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.
|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):
“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
“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
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Source: The Nielsen Company.