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[04/17/20 - 08:17 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Disney Family Singalong" Delivers Big for ABC
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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (4/16/20):

ABC (6.783 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a huge boost on Thursday thanks to "The Disney Family Singalong" (10.303 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by new episodes of "Station 19" (6.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

CBS (6.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a distant second with new episodes of "Young Sheldon" (9.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), the season finale of "Mom" (7.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Broke" (5.582 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Tommy" (5.202 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was NBC (2.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of a repeat "Superstore" (2.714 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) alongside new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.214 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.456 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Indebted" (1.567 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.019 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Last Man Standing" (3.824 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Mental Samurai" (1.669 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, a new "Katy Keene" (0.526 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and the return of "In the Dark" (0.411 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Indebted
+16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 4/2/20)
0.00% - Station 19
0.00% - Broke
0.00% - Last Man Standing
0.00% - How to Get Away with Murder
0.00% - Will & Grace
0.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
0.00% - Katy Keene (vs. 3/26/20)
-12.50% - Man with a Plan
-16.67% - Tommy
-20.00% - Mom (vs. 4/2/20)
-23.08% - Young Sheldon (vs. 4/2/20)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+116.67% - The Disney Family Singalong (vs. Grey's Anatomy)
+44.44% - Station 19
+40.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+20.00% - How to Get Away with Murder (vs. For the People)
+20.00% - Will & Grace (vs. Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
+20.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. AP Bio)
0.00% - Indebted (vs. Abby's)
0.00% - Last Man Standing (vs. Gotham)
-12.50% - Broke (vs. Life in Pieces)
-20.00% - Mom
-30.00% - Man with a Plan (vs. Life in Pieces)
-37.50% - Tommy (vs. SWAT)
-44.44% - Young Sheldon (vs. The Big Bang Theory)
-50.00% - In the Dark
-75.00% - Katy Keene (vs. Supernatural)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/18/19):

CBS (6.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), the return of "Life in Pieces" (6.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Mom" (6.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), a second "Life in Pieces" (5.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.104 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (4.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then captured the silver with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Station 19" (4.960 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "For the People" (2.773 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the penultimate weeks of "Gotham" (2.068 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Orville" (2.683 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Superstore" (3.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "AP Bio" (1.835 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.790 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Abby's" (1.535 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.643 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.301 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "In the Dark" (0.670 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (0.986 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - SWAT (vs. 4/4/19)
0.00% - Station 19
0.00% - Superstore
0.00% - The Orville
0.00% - Gotham (vs. 3/21/19)
0.00% - For the People
0.00% - AP Bio
0.00% - Abby's
0.00% - Supernatural
0.00% - In the Dark
-5.26% - The Big Bang Theory (vs. 4/4/19)
-9.09% - Mom (vs. 4/4/19)
-16.67% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-20.00% - Grey's Anatomy

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Will & Grace (Repeat))
+12.50% - Superstore
0.00% - The Orville (vs. Showtime at the Apollo)
0.00% - Gotham
0.00% - Abby's (vs. Champions)
-11.11% - SWAT
-16.67% - AP Bio
-18.18% - Station 19
-20.00% - Life in Pieces
-25.00% - The Big Bang Theory
-25.00% - Grey's Anatomy
-28.57% - Mom
-33.33% - Supernatural
-47.37% - Life in Pieces (vs. Young Sheldon)
-50.00% - In the Dark (vs. Arrow)
-61.54% - For the People (vs. Scandal)

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," 1.5/4; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.8/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.3/2; "Late Show," 0.4/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 1.0/4 in metered-market households; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.2/2 in 18-49; "Late Late Show," 0.2/1.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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