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Thursday Overnights: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ Crossover Resonates on ABC

'The Big Bang Theory' Leads CBS to More Thursday Victory

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 4.1/ 7, Fox: 2.3/ 4, ABC: 2.0/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +35, ABC: +21, CBS: – 5, ABC: -41, CW: -44

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as always, topped the Thursday overnights thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 8.5 rating/16 share at 8 p.m.). But only three original episodes are left. The remainder of evening on CBS – “Young Sheldon” (#1: 6.9/12 at 8 p.m.), “Mom” (#1: 5.3/ 9 at 9 p.m.). “Life in Pieces” (#1: 4.8/ 8 at 9:30 p.m.) and “S.W.A.T.” (#1: 3.6/ 7 at 10 p.m.) – was at typical Thursday overnight levels.

ABC featured a crossover between veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 5.5/10 at 10 p.m.) and spin-off “Station 19” (#2: 4.8/ 8), which both resonated in the overnights. But sophomore “For the People” did not benefit at a third-place 3.2/ 6 at 10 p.m. Chances of a third season for “Station 19” now seems like a sure thing.

In season premiere news, perennial CW benchwarmer ‘iZombie” returned with a modest 0.6/ 1 in households at 8 p.m., which led into a series low 0.4/ 1 for freshman drama “In the Dark” at 9 p.m.

In the specials department was the “2019 Miss USA Pageant” on Fox at a modest 2.3/ 4 from 8-10 p.m. NBC, meanwhile, was at usual Thursday overnight levels as follows:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy” (crossover with “Station 19”): 5.5/10 (#2)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory”: 8.5/16 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “2019 Miss USA”: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CW – “iZombie” (season premiere)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy” (crossover with “Station 19”): 5.3/ 9 (#2)
CBS – “Young Sheldon”: 6.9/12 (#1)
NBC – “A.P. Bio”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “2019 Miss USA”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “iZombie” (season premiere): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (crossover with “Grey’s Anatomy”): 4.7/ 8 (#2)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.3/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “2019 Miss USA”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CW – “In the Dark”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Station 19” (crossover with “Grey’s Anatomy”): 4.8/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces”: 3.7/ 6 (#12)
NBC – “Abby’s”: 1.1/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “2019 Miss USA”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “In the Dark”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.1/ 6 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “For the People”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.5/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.2/ 6 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. FROM NBC

    “SUPERSTORE” JUMPS +29% WEEK TO WEEK, MATCHES ITS 18-49 HIGH SINCE MARCH 2018

    “A.P. BIO,” “ABBY’S” & “SVU” ALSO GROW, “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” RETAINS 100% & IS CLOSE TO ROUNDING UP

    IN TOTAL VIEWERS, “A.P. BIO” INCREASES BY +13% WEEK TO WEEK

    VERSUS THE SAME NIGHT LAST YEAR, “SUPERSTORE” GROWS BY +13% IN 18-49

    Note that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is close to rounding up to a 0.6 in 18-49 rating (currently reporting a 0.548 in these preliminary fast-affiliate results).

  2. FROM ABC
    ABC Thursday Prime Time (8-11pm – 5.3 million and 1.0/5 in AD18-49): With its Thursday lineup returning after the prior week’s preemption for NFL Draft coverage opposite a Big Bang-fueled CBS (just two weeks away from the top-rated comedy’s series finale), ABC ran in a virtual tie with CBS for #1 in Adults 18-49 (1.0/5 vs. 1.1/5) as a TGIT crossover between Grey’s and Station 19 boosted both shows. The Net’s younger skewing lineup won Thursday in Adults 18-34 with Grey’s as the #1 TV show. Up by double-digits from two weeks ago in viewers (+15%) and young adults (+11%), ABC marked its most-watched Thursday overall in almost 6 months – since 11/15/18.

    · At 8pm opposite CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy rose over its last telecast by 11% in Total Viewers (6.9 million vs. 6.2 million) and by 8% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/7 vs. 1.3/7), drawing its biggest audience in 5 weeks – since 3/28/19. Grey’s stood as the night’s #2 TV show to The Big Bang Theory among Adults 18-49 (tied w/Young Sheldon).

    · At 9pm, ABC’s Station 19 won its hour by 20% among Adults 18-49 (1.2/6) over CBS’ comedies (Mom/Life in Pieces = 1.0/4). Delivering some of its strongest-ever lead-in retention out of Grey’s (93%/86%), Station 19 shot up from its last telecast by 33% in Total Viewers (6.4 million vs. 4.8 million) and by 50% in Adults 18-49 (1.2/6 vs. 0.8/4) for its best performance since October – 10/11/18.