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The Return of ABC’s TGIT-Themed Line-Up Dominates Thursday

'Riverdale' on The CW Left at the Starting Gate

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.3 rating/9 share, CBS: 4.5/ 8, Fox: 2.1/ 3, NBC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Perfect Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: +165, – 4, CW: -27, NBC: -56, Fox: -65

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Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was the network to beat in the household overnights on this final Thursday in January care of the return of its TGIT-themed line-up: “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1 for the evening: 6.6 rating/11 share at 8 p.m.), “Scandal” (season premiere: #1: 5.5/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (#1: 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m.). While not as strong as previous seasons, “Scandal” is still a vast improvement from recent failed time period occupant “Notorious” and a welcome return on ABC.

In series-premiere news, drama “Riverdale,” based on the iconic “Archie” comic book characters, was left at the starting gate on The CW with a mere 1.0/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, that could not even top modest year-ago time period occupant “The 100” (1.1/ 2 on 1/28/16), and it dropped by 17 percent from the time period debut of lead-in “Supernatural” (1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.). Particularly alarming was a loss of 18 percent in the second half-hour (1.1/ 2 to 0.9/ 1).

CBS honored the memory of the late, and great, Mary Tyler Moore with special, “Mary Tyler Moore – Love is All Around,” hosted by Gayle King, at a 4.7/ 8 in the 9 p.m. hour. But the first half of the special seemed more like “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” featuring Gayle interviewing Oprah, than a tribute to this legend.

Leading out of Mary Tyler Moore special was the series-finale of “Pure Genius” at a typical 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m. Earlier in the evening on the Eye net were encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory: (#2: 6.1/10) and “Mom” (#2: 4.7/ 7) from 8-9 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its combination of “Hell’s Kitchen” (#3: 2.7/ 4) and “My Kitchen Rules” (#4: 1.6/ 3), which does not compare to year-ago time period occupant “American Idol.” And NBC populated with evening with repeats of “Superstore” (two episodes: #4: avg. 1.8/ 3 from 8-9 p.m.), “Chicago Med” (#: 2.5/ 4) and “The Blacklist” (#3: 1.7/ 3).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, Jan. 26:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 6.6/11 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory (R): 6.1/10 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (time period premiere): 1.2/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy” (return): 6.5/10 (#1)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 4.7/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Supernatural” (time period premiere): 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season premiere): 5.5/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Mary Tyler Moore – Love is All Around”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale” (series premiere): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal” (season premiere): 5.4/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Mary Tyler Moore – Love is All Around”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Chicago Med” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “My Kitchen Rules”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Riverdale” (series premiere): 0.9/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (return): 3.9/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Pure Genius” (series finale): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (R)” 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (return): 3.9/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Pure Genius” (series finale): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Blacklist” (R)” 1.6/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. agreed. The Oprah segment during the MTM hour was overly long and became less about Mary and more about Oprah. Weird. But the rest of show show was quite good, especially since it was thrown together in 48 hours.

    • What? Oprah wanting to talk about Oprah? SHOCKING!! Those awful, self-serving Weight Watchers commercials never cease to make me groan.

      • Or the fact that she’s on the cover of every issue of her magazine? Ugh. Not a fan of her or Gayle. MTM deserved better.

      • Funny, I was thinking the same; she had a line in one of those spots, something like, “I’ve never felt deprived”. I guess NOT when you are worth $2 Billion or whatever!!

  2. Sorry to read about Mannix, Mike Connors. Loved that show. But, I don’t reacall him doing much TV after that. Those were the days.