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Thursday Overnights: ABC’s Relocated ‘A Million Little Things’ Fits in Well

Two New Editions of CBS Sitcom 'Fam' Do Not Impress

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.9 rating/7 share, NBC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening
CBS: +19, ABC: -11, NBC: -14, CW: -18, Fox: -19

-Ratings Scorecard:
ABC and CBS shared overnight leadership on this uneventful Thursday, with two repeat episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m.: #1t: 5.5 rating/9 share; 9 p.m.: #2: 4.2/ 7) leading into two episodes of newbie sitcom “Fam.” The 8:30 p.m. edition of “Fam” scored a second-place 4.4/ 7 in households, which held 80 percent of the “Big Bang” audience; while the regularly scheduled 9:30 p.m. edition of “Fam” slipped to a 3.5/ 6 (#2). Comparably, that 3.5 household rating was 17 percent below the 4.2/ 7 one week earlier. In other words, this is not an improvement over recent time period occupant “Murphy Brown.”

Of positive note for ABC was relocated “A Million Little Things” (#2: 4.3/ 7 at 9 p.m.), which held 80 percent of the veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1: 5.4/ 9 at 8 p.m.) lead-in. Comparably, this was equal to “Scandal” on the year-ago evening. In other words, it looks like ABC bought “A Million Little Things” a second season.

At 10 p.m., ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” could only muster a 2.2/ 4 in the household overnights (#3) despite facing encore telecasts of “S.W.A.T.” (#1: 3.0/ 6) and “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (#2: 2.3/ 4).

In season finale news, the ongoing critical acclaim for NBC comedy “The Good Place” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.) is enough to keep the sitcom alive. Lead-in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” scored a modest 2.0/ 3 in households (#4) in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Earlier in the evening on NBC was “The Titan Games,” which remained an improvement over recent regularly sitcoms at a 3.0/ 5 in the 8 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, both Fox and The CW had nothing unusual to report with its regularly scheduled Thursday line-up.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour and by show for Thursday, January 24:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.5/ 9 (#1t)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.5/ 9 (#1t)
NBC – “Titan Games”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.2/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Fam”: 4.4/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Titan Games”: 3.0/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 4.4/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.2/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.9/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “A Million Little Things”: 4.2/ 7 (#1)
CBS – “Fam”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “The Good Place” (season finale): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How To Get Away With Murder”: 2.3/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R)”: 2.3/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How To Get Away With Murder”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R)”: 2.9/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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