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Thursday Final Ratings: NFL Draft Across Several Networks Draws its Second-Best Viewership To-Date

The combined 11.214 million viewers and 7.0 household rating across NFL Network, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes were an increase of 22 percent and 27 percent respectively, over round one of the 2017 NFL Draft (NFL Network + ESPN).

In the local Dallas market, the NFL Draft delivered a combined 12.4 household rating, up +118 percent versus last year.

The top-10 metered markets for ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage included Buffalo (8.3), Columbus (8.1), Cleveland (7.5), New Orleans (6.8), Birmingham, Ala. (6.5), Norfolk (6.1), Cincinnati (6.0), Oklahoma City (5.7), and (tied) Indianapolis, Louisville and Atlanta (5.6). Cleveland had been the highest-rated market for Round 1 on ESPN the past four years.

(Sources: NFL, ESPN)

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Thursday, April 26:

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 6.544 million viewers
– 4.5/8 HH
– 1.5/6 A18-49 (2.2/9 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
– 1.0/6 A18-34 (1.6/8 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
– 1.8/6 A25-54 (2.7/9 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

Station 19 (ABC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 5.169 million viewers
– 3.5/6 HH
– 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.3/5 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
– 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.9/4 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
– 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.7/5 F25-54, 0.7/2 M25-54)

Quantico (P) (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 2.661 million viewers
– 1.9/4 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
– 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
– 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.4/2 M25-54)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:00 PM, 31 min.)
– 11.793 million viewers
– 7.2/14 HH
– 2.0/9 A18-49 (2.3/10 F18-49, 1.7/8 M18-49)
– 1.0/6 A18-34 (1.1/6 F18-34, 0.9/6 M18-34)
– 3.2/12 A25-54 (3.6/13 F25-54, 2.8/11 M25-54)

Young Sheldon (CBS, 8:31 PM, 30 min.)
– 11.154 million viewers
– 6.8/12 HH
– 1.8/7 A18-49 (2.1/8 F18-49, 1.5/6 M18-49)
– 0.9/5 A18-34 (0.9/5 F18-34, 0.8/5 M18-34)
– 2.9/10 A25-54 (3.2/10 F25-54, 2.5/9 M25-54)

Mom (CBS, 9:01 PM, 29 min.)
– 8.310 million viewers
– 5.2/9 HH
– 1.3/5 A18-49 (1.6/6 F18-49, 1.0/4 M18-49)
– 0.7/3 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 0.6/3 M18-34)
– 2.2/7 A25-54 (2.5/8 F25-54, 1.8/6 M25-54)

Life in Pieces (CBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 6.222 million viewers
– 3.9/7 HH
– 1.0/4 A18-49 (1.3/5 F18-49, 0.8/3 M18-49)
– 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
– 1.6/5 A25-54 (1.9/6 F25-54, 1.3/4 M25-54)

S.W.A.T. (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 5.219 million viewers
– 3.4/7 HH
– 0.8/3 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
– 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
– 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.4/5 F25-54, 1.0/3 M25-54)

Superstore (NBC, 8:00 PM, 31 min.)
– 2.851 million viewers
– 1.9/4 HH
– 0.7/3 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
– 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
– 1.0/4 A25-54 (1.2/4 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)

A.P. Bio (NBC, 8:31 PM, 29 min.)
– 1.692 million viewers
– 1.1/2 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
– 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
– 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.7/2 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

Will & Grace (R) (NBC, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.730 million viewers
– 1.2/2 HH
– 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
– 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
– 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.7/2 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

Champions (NBC, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.497 million viewers
– 1.0/2 HH
– 0.4/1 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
– 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
– 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.6/2 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

Chicago Fire (NBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 5.552 million viewers
– 3.6/7 HH
– 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.1/5 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
– 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
– 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.6/5 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

NFL Draft on Fox – Day 1 (S) (Fox, 8:00 PM, 207 min.)
– 3.736 million viewers
– 2.4/4 HH
– 1.1/5 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 1.4/6 M18-49)
– 0.8/5 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 1.0/6 M18-34)
– 1.4/5 A25-54 (1.0/4 F25-54, 1.8/6 M25-54)

Half-hours for “NFL Draft on Fox – Day 1”:

8 p.m.
– 3.927 million viewers
– 2.5/5 HH
– 1.1/5 A18-49 (0.8/4 F18-49, 1.3/7 M18-49)

8:30 p.m.
– 3.985 million viewers
– 2.5/5 HH
– 1.2/5 A18-49 (0.8/4 F18-49, 1.5/7 M18-49)

9 p.m.
– 3.914 million viewers
– 2.4/4 HH
– 1.2/5 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 1.5/6 M18-49)

9:30 p.m.
– 3.996 million viewers
– 2.5/4 HH
– 1.2/5 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 1.5/6 M18-49)

10 p.m.
– 4.095 million viewers
– 2.5/5 HH
– 1.3/5 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 1.5/6 M18-49)

10:30 p.m.
– 3.264 million viewers
– 2.1/4 HH
– 1.0/4 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 1.3/6 M18-49)

Supernatural (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 1.506 million viewers
– 1.0/2 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
– 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
– 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.7/2 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

Arrow (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.867 million viewers
– 0.6/1 HH
– 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.3/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
– 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
– 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.3/1 M25-54)

La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 1.569 million viewers
– 0.8/2 HH
– 0.5/3 A18-49

El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 1.716 million viewers
– 0.9/2 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49

Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
– 1.421 million viewers
– 0.8/1 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49

Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
– 1.414 million viewers
– 0.8/2 HH
– 0.5/2 A18-49

La Tierra Prometida (R) (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.442 million viewers
– 0.3/1 HH
– 0.1/1 A18-49

El Principe (UniMás, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.285 million viewers
– 0.2/0 HH
– 0.1/0 A18-49

La Tierra Prometida (UniMás, 9:00 PM, 120 min.)
– 1.231 million viewers
– 0.7/1 HH
– 0.4/1 A18-49

La alfombra de Premios Billboard (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 1.507 million viewers
– 0.8/2 HH
– 0.5/3 A18-49
– 0.4/3 A18-34

Premios Billboard de la música latina (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 183 min.)
– 2.178 million viewers
– 1.1/2 HH
– 0.9/4 A18-49
– 0.8/4 A18-34

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  • What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Thursday, April 26 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    First 48 Mini (A&E, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.700 million viewers (#53)
    – 0.46 HH (#53)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#40)
    – 0.29 A25-54 (#35)

    Marcia Clark Investigates (A&E, 9:00 PM, 123 min.)
    – 0.649 million viewers (#60)
    – 0.46 HH (#53)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#88)
    – 0.24 A25-54 (#47)

    Southern Charm (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.141 million viewers (#22)
    – 0.82 HH (#19)
    – 0.40 A18-49 (#14)
    – 0.30 A18-34 (#20)
    – 0.54 A25-54 (#10)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.936 million viewers (#33)
    – 0.68 HH (#29)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#52)
    – 0.06 A18-34 (#98)
    – 0.23 A25-54 (#51)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.981 million viewers (#29)
    – 0.69 HH (#28)
    – 0.20 A18-49 (#47)
    – 0.07 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.25 A25-54 (#46)

    CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.089 million viewers (#23)
    – 0.79 HH (#22)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#43)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#88)
    – 0.27 A25-54 (#42)

    NFL Draft Round 1 (ESPN, 7:55 PM, 226 min.)
    – 5.336 million viewers (#1)
    – 3.33 HH (#1)
    – 2.11 A18-49 (#1)
    – 1.90 A18-34 (#1)
    – 2.22 A25-54 (#1)

    Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.897 million viewers (#35)
    – 0.62 HH (#33)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#32)
    – 0.18 A18-34 (#37)
    – 0.31 A25-54 (#32)

    Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.661 million viewers (#4)
    – 1.79 HH (#4)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#35)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#81)
    – 0.44 A25-54 (#17)

    Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.127 million viewers (#2)
    – 2.09 HH (#2)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#20)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#76)
    – 0.53 A25-54 (#11)

    The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.532 million viewers (#5)
    – 1.73 HH (#5)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#24)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#81)
    – 0.46 A25-54 (#15)

    Siren (FRFM, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.587 million viewers (#65)
    – 0.36 HH (#66)
    – 0.23 A18-49 (#40)
    – 0.23 A18-34 (#26)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#56)

    Atlanta (FX, 10:00 PM, 43 min.)
    – 0.487 million viewers (#76)
    – 0.32 HH (#74)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#38)
    – 0.24 A18-34 (#24)
    – 0.23 A25-54 (#51)

    Wonder Woman (2017) (HBO, 8:00 PM, 141 min.)
    – 0.334 million viewers (#89)
    – 0.21 HH (#90)
    – 0.11 A18-49 (#99)
    – 0.07 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.14 A25-54 (#83)

    Flip or Flop Vegas (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.077 million viewers (#24)
    – 0.76 HH (#23)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#43)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#81)
    – 0.30 A25-54 (#34)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.403 million viewers (#16)
    – 1.01 HH (#11)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#38)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#52)
    – 0.33 A25-54 (#30)

    House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.469 million viewers (#12)
    – 1.03 HH (#10)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#43)
    – 0.38 A25-54 (#22)

    Swamp People (HIST, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
    – 1.566 million viewers (#10)
    – 0.95 HH (#14)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#20)
    – 0.22 A18-34 (#28)
    – 0.46 A25-54 (#15)

    Truck Night in America (HIST, 10:03 PM, 62 min.)
    – 0.902 million viewers (#34)
    – 0.55 HH (#39)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#24)
    – 0.19 A18-34 (#33)
    – 0.39 A25-54 (#20)

    Diabolical (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.002 million viewers (#27)
    – 0.70 HH (#25)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#43)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#72)
    – 0.26 A25-54 (#43)

    Murder Calls (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.146 million viewers (#20)
    – 0.83 HH (#18)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#32)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#69)
    – 0.37 A25-54 (#24)

    All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.773 million viewers (#9)
    – 1.27 HH (#8)
    – 0.16 A18-49 (#62)
    – 0.04 A18-34 (#100)
    – 0.24 A25-54 (#47)

    Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.960 million viewers (#3)
    – 2.01 HH (#3)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#24)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#76)
    – 0.43 A25-54 (#18)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.513 million viewers (#6)
    – 1.72 HH (#6)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#81)
    – 0.36 A25-54 (#26)

    Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.449 million viewers (#14)
    – 0.86 HH (#16)
    – 0.90 A18-49 (#2)
    – 1.09 A18-34 (#2)
    – 0.78 A25-54 (#4)

    Ex on the Beach (MTV, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.725 million viewers (#50)
    – 0.45 HH (#56)
    – 0.43 A18-49 (#11)
    – 0.59 A18-34 (#4)
    – 0.32 A25-54 (#31)

    NHL Semifinals Eastern Conference Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Wizards (NBCSN, 7:03 PM, 160 min.)
    – 1.398 million viewers (#17)
    – 0.80 HH (#21)
    – 0.48 A18-49 (#7)
    – 0.43 A18-34 (#9)
    – 0.57 A25-54 (#8)

    NHL Live Post Semifinals (NBCSN, 9:43 PM, 17 min.)
    – 1.156 million viewers (#19)
    – 0.64 HH (#31)
    – 0.42 A18-49 (#12)
    – 0.36 A18-34 (#15)
    – 0.49 A25-54 (#13)

    NHL Semifinals Western Conference Game 1: San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (NBCSN, 10:00 PM, 171 min.)
    – 0.799 million viewers (#42)
    – 0.47 HH (#52)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#20)
    – 0.25 A18-34 (#23)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#28)

    NFL Draft Round 1 (NFLN, 8:00 PM, 222 min.)
    – 2.005 million viewers (#8)
    – 1.22 HH (#9)
    – 0.80 A18-49 (#4)
    – 0.59 A18-34 (#4)
    – 0.87 A25-54 (#3)

    My 600-Lb. Life: Super Sized (TLC, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.471 million viewers (#79)
    – 0.32 HH (#74)
    – 0.12 A18-49 (#93)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#88)
    – 0.16 A25-54 (#71)

    NBA Playoffs Pre-Game (TNT, 8:00 PM, 13 min.)
    – 1.053 million viewers (#25)
    – 0.70 HH (#25)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.23 A18-34 (#26)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#28)

    NBA Playoffs-Round 1 Eastern Conference Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks (TNT, 8:13 PM, 151 min.)
    – 2.408 million viewers (#7)
    – 1.54 HH (#7)
    – 0.84 A18-49 (#3)
    – 0.79 A18-34 (#3)
    – 0.90 A25-54 (#2)

    Inside the NBA Playoffs (TNT, 10:44 PM, 46 min.)
    – 1.417 million viewers (#15)
    – 0.97 HH (#12)
    – 0.57 A18-49 (#5)
    – 0.53 A18-34 (#7)
    – 0.62 A25-54 (#6)

    Impractical Jokers (TRU, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.554 million viewers (#69)
    – 0.32 HH (#74)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#24)
    – 0.27 A18-34 (#22)
    – 0.29 A25-54 (#35)

    Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes (TRU, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.346 million viewers (#88)
    – 0.22 HH (#87)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.18 A18-34 (#37)
    – 0.16 A25-54 (#71)

    RuPaul’s Drag Race 10 (VH1, 8:00 PM, 90 min.)
    – 0.771 million viewers (#47)
    – 0.48 HH (#49)
    – 0.41 A18-49 (#13)
    – 0.38 A18-34 (#13)
    – 0.38 A25-54 (#22)

    Untucked 9 (VH1, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.581 million viewers (#67)
    – 0.35 HH (#69)
    – 0.31 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.31 A18-34 (#17)
    – 0.28 A25-54 (#39)

    Braxton Family Values (WETV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.879 million viewers (#37)
    – 0.63 HH (#32)
    – 0.27 A18-49 (#31)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#40)
    – 0.37 A25-54 (#24)

    Hustle & Soul (WETV, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.483 million viewers (#77)
    – 0.36 HH (#66)
    – 0.16 A18-49 (#62)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#69)
    – 0.24 A25-54 (#47)

    Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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