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Season-High Total Viewers for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in Winter Return on ABC Thursday

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, January 18 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 9.33 million, ABC: 5.71, NBC: 4.18, Fox: 3.47, CW: 1.65

-Adults 18-49:

CBS: 1.7 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.5/ 6, Fox: 1.1/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 2

-Adults 18-34:

ABC: 1.1 rating/6 share, CBS: 0.9/ 5, Fox: 0.8/ 4, NBC: 0.5/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.21 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 9 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory
Viewers: 14.69 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/12 (#1)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 3.71 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3t)

Fox – The Four: Battle for Stardom
Viewers: 3.06 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3t)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.91 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.15 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 9 (#2)

CBS – Young Sheldon
Viewers: 13.24 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.08 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Fox – The Four: Battle for Stardom
Viewers: 3.26 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.83 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.39 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

CBS – Mom
Viewers: 9.26 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Will & Grace
Viewers: 4.49 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

Fox – The Four: Battle for Stardom
Viewers: 3.65 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.47 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 4.95 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2t)

CBS – Life in Pieces
Viewers: 6.79 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2t)

NBC – Great News
Viewers: 2.51 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

Fox – The Four: Battle for Stardom
Viewers: 3.91 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.37 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.91 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – S.W.A.T.
Viewers: 6.17 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 5.63 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.63 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – S.W.A.T.
Viewers: 5.81 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 5.66 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. From ABC:

    ABC’s TGIT Dramas Return with Double-Digit Gains – Grey’s Scores a Near 1-Year High in Viewers

    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 5.7 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): ABC’s TGIT lineup returned strong after a 2-month break with all 3 dramas up by double-digit percentages from where they left off among Adults 18-49 in November (since 11/16/17). ABC nearly caught a Big Bang-led CBS for #1 among Adults 18-49 (1.5/6 vs. 1.7/7), while beating all-original schedules on Fox by 36% (The Four = 1.1/4) and NBC by 50% (1.0/4). Topping CBS’ The Big Bang Theory on the night with Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), ABC’s Greys’ Anatomy came back as Thursday’s #1 TV show and helped ABC win the night on all 3 Nielsen measures.

    · In viewers (5.7 million) and young adults (1.5/6), ABC scored 15-week Thursday night highs – since 10/5/17.

    · At 8pm, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy returned up from its last telecast in November with Total Viewers (+9% – 8.2 million vs. 7.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+22% – 2.2/9 vs. 1.8/7), marking its most watched telecast in nearly 1 year and a best-since-premiere young adult number – since 2/9/17 and 9/28/17, respectively.

    · At 9pm, ABC’s Scandal built over its last airing in Total Viewers (+4% – 5.2 million vs. 5.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+18% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4), scoring best-since-premiere results – since 10/5/17.

    · At 10pm, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder came back with gains over its most recent broadcast in Total Viewers (+3% – 3.8 million vs. 3.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (+11% – 1.0/4 vs. 0.9/4), posting its best numbers since mid-October – since 10/12/17. HTGAWM tied for #1 in its hour among Adults 18-49 with drama competition on CBS (S.W.A.T. = 1.0/4) and NBC (Chicago Fire = 1.0/4) and is projected to straight out win the slot once TV Playback is included. In fact HTGAWM is the season’s 2nd-biggest gainer on broadcast TV in L+7 Playback in Adults 18-49 (behind only ABC’s Designated Survivor), more than doubling its L+SD rating with a +122% lift.

  2. From NBC:

    NBC Ratings: Week-to-Week Gains for “Will & Grace,” “Great News” & “Chicago Fire”

    “WILL & GRACE,” “GREAT NEWS” & “CHICAGO FIRE” GROW WEEK TO WEEK

    “WILL & GRACE” INCREASES BY +18% IN 18-49, “GREAT NEWS” BY +17% (CURRENTLY EQUALING ITS HIGH SINCE OCT. 26) & “FIRE” GROWS +11% TO TIE FOR #1 AT 10 P.M.

    “THE GOOD PLACE” MAINTAINS 100% WEEK TO WEEK DESPITE THIS WEEK’S RETURN OF “GREY’S ANATOMY” COMPETITION TO THE TIMESLOT, “SUPERSTORE” FINISHES WITHIN 0.1

    Thursday Primetime Ratings:

    NOTE: Some NBC and CW stations carried ACC basketball.

    “Will & Grace” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 9-9:31 p.m. ET):
    · Grows +18% week to week in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1) and +8% in total viewers (4.493 million vs. 4.165 million), despite this week’s return of timeslot competition from ABC’s “Scandal.”
    · Builds on its lead-in by +30% in 18-49 and +46% in total viewers.
    · Is up +18% vs. NBC’s non-sports average in the timeslot last season in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.1).
    · Will increase dramatically via time-shifting and VOD — “Will & Grace” has grown by +83% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (1.89 to a 3.45) and more than +4.0 million viewers overall (6.9 million to 10.9 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Will & Grace” 18-49 average increases to a 5.23.
    · Upscale: “Will & Grace” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 136 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes

    “Great News” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall from 9:31-10 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently up +0.1 of a point or +17% week to week in 18-49 (0.7 vs. 0.6) and +9% in total viewers (2.511 million vs. 2.308 million), pending updates.
    · Is currently equaling the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 26 (1.0) and delivering its most-watched episode since Dec. 21 (2.650 million at 8 p.m.)
    · Will grow with the addition of time-shifted and VOD viewership — “Great News” has increased by +22% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (0.82 to a 1.00) and +549,000 viewers overall (3.4 million to 3.9 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Great News” 18-49 rating grows to a 1.39.
    · Upscale: “Great News” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 128 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    “Chicago Fire” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Increases +11% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9) and +7% in total viewers (5.645 million vs. 5.297 million).
    · Ties for #1 among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in the timeslot in adults 18-49.
    · Is up +11% versus NBC’s non-sports average in the timeslot last season in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 0.9, L+SD) and is up +17% in total viewers (5.645 million vs. 4.824 million).
    · Will increase substantially via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Fire” is growing by +88% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.17 to a 2.20) and +4.0 million viewers overall (6.3 million to 10.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7. With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Fire” figure increases to a 2.93 in 18-49.

    “The Good Place” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET):
    · Maintains 100% week to week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.0) and 99% in total viewers (3.078 million vs. 3.105 million), despite the return this week of time-period competition from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
    · Grows week to week in adults 18-34 and all key adult-male demographics.
    · Will increase substantially with time-shifting and VOD – “The Good Place” is growing by +69% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 so far this season (from a 1.18 to a 1.99) and +1.9 million viewers overall (4.2 million to 6.1 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Good Place” figure increases to a 3.40.
    · Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 134 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    “Superstore” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET):
    · Finishes within 0.1 of last week in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.1) and retains 97% in total viewers (3.709 million vs. 3.830 million), despite the return this week of timeslot competition from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
    · Grows week to week among men 18-34 and maintains 100% versus last week in adults 18-34, men 18-49 and men 25-54.
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Superstore” is growing by +48% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.16 to a 1.72) and +1.2 million viewers overall (4.3 million to 5.5 million). When projected non-linear 35-day viewing is included, the “Superstore” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.85.
    · Upscale: “Superstore” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 117 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.0/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/3; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.2/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.3/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  3. From CBS:

    “THE BIG BANG THEORY,” “YOUNG SHELDON,” AND “MOM” ARE THURSDAY’S THREE MOST WATCHED SHOWS

    “LIFE IN PIECES” WINS TIME PERIOD IN VIEWERS AND A25-54

    “S.W.A.T.” WAS FIRST AT 10PM IN VIEWERS, A25-54 AND A18-49 (tie)

    CBS HANDILY TAKES NIGHT IN VIEWERS, A25-54 AND A18-49

    · At 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY won its half hour in viewers (14.69m), A25-54 (4.3) and A18-49 (2.9). THE BIG BANG THEORY was the #1 show for the evening in viewers and key measures.

    · At 8:30 PM, YOUNG SHELDON won its time period in viewers (13.24m), A25-54 (3.7) and A18-49 (2.4). YOUNG SHELDON was the #2 show for the evening in viewers and key demos.

    · At 9:00 PM, MOM also won its time period in viewers (9.26m), A25-54 (2.5, nc from last week) and A18-49 (1.6, nc), while ranking as the #3 show for the night in all measures.

    · At 9:30 PM, LIFE IN PIECES was first in its time period in viewers (6.79m), A25-54 (1.9, nc) and delivered a 1.2 in A18-49 (nc).

    · S.W.A.T. was first in the 10:00 PM hour in viewers (5.99m), A25-54 (1.6) and A18-49 (1.0, tie).

    · CBS easily won the night in viewers (9.33m) and key demos (2.6 in adults 25-54, 1.7 in adults 18-49).