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[11/16/18 - 08:21 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Thursday Night Football" Continue Reign
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/15/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

FOX (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (7.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (5.928 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.442 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.265 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Station 19" (5.907 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.933 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "I Feel Bad" (1.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.444 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Supernatural
+20.00% - Station 19
+14.29% - SWAT
+14.29% - How to Get Away with Murder
+12.50% - Murphy Brown
+9.38% - Thursday Night Football
+8.33% - Mom
+7.69% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
+6.25% - Grey's Anatomy
0.00% - The Big Bang Theory
0.00% - Young Sheldon
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - The Good Place
0.00% - Legacies
-11.11% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-12.50% - Will & Grace (vs. 11/1/18)
-16.67% - I Feel Bad (vs. 11/1/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+288.89% - Thursday Night Football (vs. Gotham/The Orville)
+211.11% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game (vs. Gotham)
+9.09% - Station 19 (vs. Scandal)
-5.56% - Grey's Anatomy
-7.14% - Mom
-11.11% - SWAT
-11.11% - How to Get Away with Murder
-11.54% - The Big Bang Theory
-14.29% - Young Sheldon
-18.18% - Murphy Brown (vs. Life in Pieces)
-33.33% - Supernatural
-40.00% - Legacies (vs. Arrow)
-52.63% - Superstore (vs. Thursday Night Football Pre-Game)
-71.43% - The Good Place (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-71.43% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-75.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Thursday Night Football)
-82.14% - I Feel Bad (vs. Thursday Night Football)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.7/5; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.6/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.1/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/16/17):

NBC (9.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) took home top honors last night with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.356 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.958 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

CBS (8.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Young Sheldon" (11.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Scandal" (4.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.722 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.655 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Orville" (3.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.871 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.297 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night for The CW (1.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.00% - Thursday Night Football
0.00% - Scandal
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - Arrow
-3.70% - The Big Bang Theory
-4.55% - Young Sheldon
-5.26% - Grey's Anatomy
-6.67% - Mom
-8.33% - Life in Pieces
-9.52% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-10.00% - SWAT
-10.00% - The Orville

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Great Indoors)
+28.57% - Gotham (vs. Rosewood)
+28.57% - The Orville (vs. Pitch)
+22.22% - Scandal (vs. Notorious)
+3.70% - Thursday Night Football
0.00% - Supernatural (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
0.00% - Mom
0.00% - SWAT (vs. Pure Genius)
-9.52% - Thursday Night Football Pre-Game
-14.29% - Grey's Anatomy
-16.13% - The Big Bang Theory
-21.43% - Life in Pieces
-28.57% - Arrow (vs. Supernatural)
-35.71% - How to Get Away with Murder

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household averages were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 ratings were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," delayed by an NFL overrun; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," delayed by an NFL overrun; "Late Late Show," 0.3/3.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" was delayed by an NFL overrun.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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