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CBS Tops Night One of the November Sweeps

Not Everything on the Eye Net is Perfect, However

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, October 27 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 8.47 million, NBC: 5.45, ABC: 5.29, Fox: 3.13, CW: 1.76

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.8 rating.6 share, ABC: 1.4/ 5, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.95 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (time period return)
Viewers: 14.41 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 3.4/13 (#1)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 4.15 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.34 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.73 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.05 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

CBS – The Great Indoors (series premiere)
Viewers: 9.25 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Rosewood
Viewers: 3.37 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow
Viewers: 1.81 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Notorious
Viewers: 3.94 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Mom (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.59 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.68 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Pitch
Viewers: 2.91 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.84 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Notorious
Viewers: 3.67 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Life in Pieces (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.37 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.99 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Pitch
Viewers: 2.91 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.66 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 4.08 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

CBS – Pure Genius (series premiere)
Viewers: 6.71 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1t)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 4.02 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

CBS – Pure Genius (series premiere)
Viewers: 6.53 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – The Blacklist
Viewers: 5.34 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Very interesting Thursday I haven’t analyzed the ratings in a few days. CBS was obviously king here to nobody’s surprise as BBT just killed everything in front of it but give Grey’s credit for not moving at all against it. The Great Indoors did pretty well despite the reviews but Kevin Can Wait got bad reviews too and still is doing fine so that doesn’t matter. TGI just like Life in Pieces will be okay because it’s on behind BBT but I fear it will end up like The Odd Couple the moment it moves away from BBT. Mom did a solid job as usual although I think it’s a better fit with the Monday lineup of dad comedies. Life in Pieces pretty much showed how much of a pretender it was hiding behind BBT last season. I expect that turkey to be cancelled with The Odd Couple unless a miracle happens and CBS doesn’t bring in two new comedies to the fall schedule. Pure Genius as usual was Pure Garbage and was setup to fail from the get go so maybe CBS should bring in Code Black there.

    Grey’s the only show worth bringing up on ABC but one of my themes this season is exposing Ms. Dungey for programming the network so badly this season like her mistake with her most profiled show Designated Survivor turning it into a flop against one of the quiet television killers right now Chicago PD instead of programming it to a 9pm timeslot where it fits better. With Scandal being a political show you would’ve thought that would’ve been the perfect slot for Designated Survivor and that show was only supposed to air 13 episodes anyways so by the time its season ended Scandal returns and you don’t lose a beat there but ABC got greedy into thinking they had some kind of hit and try to get max episodes out of it and giving way too much respect to Shonda who hasn’t produced a new hit since Scandal and that was what 4 years ago? Man I can go on and on but I refuse to because I gotta talk about NBC.

    I’m not going to continue to bringing up how badly the comedies are doing at 8pm on Thursdays and how The Good Place is in a very Bad Place with those ratings and will be a one and done. Very bad viewership and poor low 1s demo numbers has got to go. Chicago Med went up to a season-high 7.1 million viewers and a 1.5 so that show despite the poor lead-in continues to do heavy lifting on Thursday. Maybe the Chicago PD crossover helped there but if NBC actually gave it some real help they could fix Thursdays a lot quicker like fix 8pm and move Chicago Fire with Med they would be good on this night.

    I really wanted to talk about the possibility of Will & Grace returning to the network next season because this is a very good move for the network regardless if its return fails or not. I’ve been talking to a few people the past couple of weeks on these ratings sites about what NBC can do to finally fix their comedy situation for the first time in 12 years since Friends, Frasier, and Will & Grace ended and that was bring back one of those high-rated comedies. They already missed out on their opportunity in my opinion with Fuller House from Netflix but they got another opportunity to correct that mistake with Will & Grace. I think NBC who has failed to tap into getting viewers back by going back to traditional comedies may finally be able to do it this time because Will & Grace should be able to self-start a block of those comedies like CBS has done successfully. I think bringing one of those comedies back is the only way they get their comedies back on track.

    Now NBC this past year went back to the niche comedies based off of Superstore doing better than expected in the winter but like I knew back then it was not the answer and that’s proving me right this season. Will & Grace who can live off of its brand name can at least bring in a bigger audience but the way NBC schedules it will be key as well.

    World Series promotion didn’t help FOX as it looks like viewers are only watching the baseball game and football on Sunday afternoons and that’s it. FOX really is a dead network outside of Wednesdays.

    • I absolutely detested The Great Indoors. This is anecdotal but two of my colleagues also tried to watch it and won’t be anymore. I will be curious to see if it falls more than the standard 10-20% next week like most new shows.

      • A lot of people did but there was some people who said it had potential too. If Kevin Can Wait which was not liked people can hang on like it maybe TGI can too but I feel it’s another The Odd Couple and CBS still has to look another comedy next season. It will definitely be falling which is going hurt Mom and LiP even more and Thursday Night Football is on NBC in a few weeks but I think the first matchup is weak so CBS has some time here.

    • The Great Indoors lost over a third of its lead-in. It’s just bad for a “Big Premiere”… It’s not as bad as some of the insta-flops we’ve had recently, ut it’s still bad.

      You are way too kind with Chicago PD. A show with 7 million viewers isn’t a “killer” by any stretch. It’s just doing not as poorly as the shows in the same slot.

      Shonda hasn’t had a hit since her only real hit Gray’s (still one more hit than 98% of TV’s current in-demand producers 🙁 ).

      But totally agree with you on Channing Dungey.

      Remember how I called it when she renewed 12 flops as her first move? Nobody (that I know of) dared state what was so painfully obvious to both of us. 🙂

      Totally disagree on Will & Grace. That the show ever worked was a minor miracle and it is the kind of lightning you just cannot capture again (especially since they’ll be saddled with 15 executives supervising the new pilot’s shoot all wanting to “improve” on it.

      It does show how awful the shows Bob Greenblatt picks are, that it’s even being discussed seriously.

      NBC can improve. They just need to fire their executives and hire people who know about making TV shows to make the calls.

      It’s clearly not going to happen as it would be “too risky” when the utter failure under Greenblatt is apparently risk-free…

  2. Seemingly Thursday at 10PM is a great way for things on NBC to slump. The Blacklist did much better at 9PM. Glad Chicago Med is seemingly doing fine though at 9PM now.

    CBS is having the thing NBC use to have with shows working after Friends and Senfield. Pretty much they couldn’t find much of anything. I wouldn’t be surprised that BBT goes off the air without something to take its place either. Though BBT doesn’t put up 5.0 plus demos anymore so it doesn’t look nearly as drastic now.

    • When the last hits stop broadcasting, the place will finally be safe to claim everything is a mega-hit.

      The problem is that the networks will have lost all cultural and financial relevance by that time (which is perilously close).

  3. Thursday has one hit left (BBT), one sorta-semi-solid show (Gray’s), one that aspires to being solid (Chicago Med) and everything else should be dumped immediately.

    Pure Genius flopped at the gate and everything else is just sad.

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