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Thursday Overnights: ABC Inches Past Repeat Riddled CBS

ABC's 'A Million Little Things' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' Conclude Their Seasons

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 4.0/ 7, CBS: 3.9/ 7, NBC and Fox: 2.1/ 4 each, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +11, ABC: – 9, NBC: -25, CBS: -32, CW: -50

Ratings Breakdown:
With CBS in repeats (excluding sitcom “Fam”), ABC inched past the Eye net for Thursday overnight household dominance. The alphabet net featured veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1 for the night: 5.5/10 at 8 p.m.) and the season finale episodes of “A Million Little Things” (#3: 4.3/ 7 at 9 p.m.) and “How To Get Away With Murder” (#2: 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m.). Moving “A Million Little Things” to Thursday out of “Grey’s Anatomy” was, perhaps, the second best programming move by any broadcast network (behind NBC’s decision to make Wednesday a night of “Chicago” dramas). But this did not benefit “How To Get Away With Murder,” which I do predict will not be returning.

On CBS, aforementioned “Fam” remained on the proverbial fence with a 3.6/ 6 (#2) in households at 9:30 p.m. (out of a 4.3/ 7 for an encore of “Young Sheldon” in the 9 p.m. half-hour).

Elsewhere, “The Titan Games” on NBC concluded its inaugural season with a 2.9/ 5 in households in the 8 p.m. hour. Next week “Superstore” leads into the secon season premiere of comedy “A.P. Bio.” Next was just renewed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at a mere 1.7/ 3 in the 9 p.m. half-hour into “Will & Grace” at a 1.9/ 3 (#3) at 9:30 p.m. NBC’s main obstacle, needless to say, is finding hit comedies.

The Peacock net capped off the night with an encore telecast of the pilot episode of drama “The Enemy Within” at a 1.7/ 3 (#3) at 10 p.m.

Fox was at typical Thursday overnight levels (see chart below), while The CW featured a repeat of “Charmed” (#5: 0.5/ 1 at 8 p.m.) into “Legacies” at a 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m. (#5).

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households for Thursday, February 28, 2019:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/10 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.5/10 (#2)
NBC – “The Titan Games” (season finale): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Charmed” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “The Titan Games” (season finale): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Charmed” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things” (season finale): 4.2/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R) 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 4.0/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Fam”: 3.7/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Orville” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (season finale): 2.3/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Enemy Within” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder” (season finale): 2.1/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.” (R): 2.8/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Enemy Within” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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