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Thursday Overnights: Football Rules on NBC; ‘Young Sheldon’ on CBS is a Solid Fit

'Gotham' on Fox and 'Arrow' on The CW Continue to Under Deliver

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.9/12, CBS: 5.7/10, ABC: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 2

Percent Change from Opening Thursday in 2016 – 9/21/16:
CBS: +10, NBC: + 8, Fox: + 5, ABC: – 2, CW: -23

-Ratings Breakdown:
Last night’s NFL match-up — Pittsburgh Steelers 40, Tennessee Titans 17 — led NBC to Thursday overnight victory with an estimated 7.2 rating/12 share in households from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. Combined with coverage on the NFLN and that household rating rose to a 9.4 (with a 4.5 rating in adults 18-49). As always, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

On CBS, recent entry “Young Sheldon” is the real deal, with a dominant 7.4/12 in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour and retention out of lead-in “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 8.9/15 at 8 p.m.) of a solid 83 percent. No other series in the past has held this much of the “Big Bang” lead-in.

Next on the Eye net was “Mom” at a second-place 5.5/ 9 (#2) in the 9 p.m. half-hour, followed by “Life in Pieces” (#2: 4.0/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) and episode of three of crime solver “S.W.A.T.” (#2: 4.2/ 7 at 10 p.m.). While nothing exceptional, “S.W.A.T.” did beat failed year-ago time period occupant “Pure Genius” (3.7 / 6 on 11/17/16) by 11 percent. And it bested competing “How To Get Away With Murder” on ABC (#3: 3.0/ 5) by 40 percent.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was old faithful “Grey’s Anatomy” at a consistent 5.6/ 9 at 8 p.m. (#2), followed by another episode in this final season of “Scandal” (#3: 3.9/ 6) at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, it was overnight business as usual on both Fox (8 p.m. – “Gotham”: #4: 2.0/ 3; 9 p.m. – “The Orville”: #4: 2.4/ 4) and The CW (8 p.m. – “Supernatural”: #5: 1.2/ 2; 9 p.m. – “Arrow”: #5, 1.0/ 2). At this point, it is time for Fox’s perennially low-rated “Gotham” to conclude.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, November 16:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.7/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.9/15 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in Pittsburgh”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.4/12 (#1)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers): 6.9/12 (#2)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers): 7.8/13 (#1)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers): 8.0/13 (#1)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers): 7.2/12 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 4.1/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Thursday Night Football” (Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers): 7.2/12 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. You say “solid fit”, but I see a show still losing more and more of its lead-in. The proof will be when it stops eroding week after week… So far it’s still the highest-rate new show (which ain’t saying much sadly)

    Otherwise, puny, tiny ratings for everything not BBT and spinoff… 🙁