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Thursday Overnights: NBC’s ‘Will & Grace’ Concludes its First Return Season

'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Young Sheldon' Lead CBS to Victory

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 4.0/ 7, NBC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +15, Fox: + 5, CW: no change, ABC and NBC: – 7 each

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  • What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, April 5 broken out by half-hour:

    8:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
    CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.6/15 (#1)
    NBC – “Superstore”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

    8:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
    CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 7.4/12 (#2)
    NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
    Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

    9:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Station 19”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
    CBS – “Mom”: 5.4/ 9 (#1)
    NBC – “Will & Grace” (season finale): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
    CW – “Arrow”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

    9:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Station 19”: 3.7/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
    NBC – “Champions”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
    Fox – “Showtime at the Apollo”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
    CW – “Arrow”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

    10:00 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal”: 3.1/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.4/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.6/ 6 (#1)

    10:30 p.m.
    ABC – “Scandal”: 3.0/ 6 (#3)
    CBS – “S.W.A.T.: 3.3/ 6 (#2)
    NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 3.7/ 7 (#1)

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

    Written by Marc Berman

    Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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. I’ve enjoyed this revival season of Will & Grace its been much better than the last 2-3 seasons of the show. It’s just a shame NBC really sunk it by scheduling it around so many losers but I do think NBC will try to get the ratings back up next season as a result of their multiple season renewal a few weeks ago where its gonna air through 2020 so that let’s me know NBC has plans to revamp the schedule around it this fall.

      • I agree completely on all counts. I have really enjoyed this season. The combination of nostalgia and just well-written episodes have been a pleasant surprise. I don’t know if NBC thinks that if they just keep throwing things around it, something will eventually catch on or if they will put it in a more suitable slot. Maybe they will put it at 8:00 with Superstore after it and then dramas after that.
        The reason I wonder if they will keep putting shows around it is because of how they, for years, tried to find something after Friends.

        • Yeah I really like the combination of nostalgia and well-written episodes and its been consistent the whole season like they never slowed down. That’s what I would like to know though from NBC’s end if they plan on throwing more things around it or putting it in a better slot with better help before it or around it. Another thing we gotta figure out is if they stick with the two-hour comedy block as well or split the comedy hours up elsewhere. They could go back to dramas like TIU or Chicago Med moving back to Thursdays, It seems like they will likely do something drastic on Tuesdays or Thursdays next season.

          The only thing that I know from NBC is on the development side is that they have four multi-cams in development so they’ll probably pick two of those and try them around Will & Grace. NBC may come out of nowhere with another revival as well.

          I was talking to someone about a month ago on another site who thinks that NBC will remain patient with Thursdays and wait until BBT ends to make their mark on the night. That right there could be interesting so it wouldn’t surprise me if they leave Thursdays alone and take one last year of beating and go for it all in 2019-20 which kind of makes sense with that extra year of renewal for W&G.

          • I think NBC should lead the night with Will & Grace as the other sitcoms bring down W&G during the second half of the year just my opinion surprise that NBC renewed it already for a season 3.

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    2. I thought W&G was supposed to bring the ratings of the other shows up? The season finale came in THIRD for the night. There seems to be a lot of excuses for why the ratings for W&G have steadily declined and ended with the season lows for its last two episodes. I blame the Russians.

    3. Wasn’t W&G supposed to bring up the ratings of the shows around it? Now we need better shows to prop it up? I think if the writers focused on character development and not on one liners, W&G would have a better shot. And layoff the politics please.

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