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Thursday Overnights: ‘Will & Grace’ is the Real Deal for NBC

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.6/11, NBC: 3.7/ 6, ABC: 3.2/ 5, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change from Opening Thursday in 2016 – 9/21/16:

NBC: + 3, CBS: – 1, CW: – 8, ABC: -18, Fox: -47

-Ratings Breakdown:
The 31 to 30 victory for the Oakland Raiders over the Kansas City Chiefs on “Thursday Night Football” led CBS to Thursday overnight victory. The match-up scored an estimated 7.1 rating/12 share in households in primetime (from 8:30-11 p.m. ET). Overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

NBC, meeanwhile, made the absolute right decision bringing back “Will & Grace,” with the now ninth season of the highly awarded sitcom consistent at a second-place 5.0/ 8 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, that built from sophomore lead-in “The Good Place” (#2: 2.8/ 5 at 8:30 p.m.) by a hefty 79 percent, and it outrated year-ago time period occupant “Chicago Med” (4.5/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. on 10/20/16).

Unfortunately, NBC’s sophomore “Great News” continues to lose considerable steam at 9:30 p.m., with a third place 2.7/ 4 (and retention out of “Will & Grace” of only 54 percent).

NBC’s “Superstore” at 8 p.m., one of the true hidden gems in primetime at present, was consistent from one year earlier at a third-place 2.9/ 5. And the net’s relocated “Chicago Fire” perked up to a second-place 4.2/ 7 in the 10 p.m. hour, which outdelivered ABC’s competing “How To Get Away With Murder” (#3: 2.8/ 5) by 50 percent.

Earlier in the evening on ABC were encore telecasts of animated specials “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (#2: 3.7/ 6) and “Toy Story of Terror” (#3: 2.7/ 4) from 8-9 p.m., followed by this final season of “Scandal” at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.

Over at Fox, the combination of “Gotham” (#4: 2.1/ 4) and a repeat of “The Orville” (#4: 1.4/ 2) could not compete. But for a look at how “Gotham” does resonate in social media, click here http://brief.promaxbda.org/article/shows-keyed-into-comic-con-social-see-success.

The CW capped off the evening with its compatible combination of veteran “Supernatural” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and “Arrow” (#5: 1.1/ 2).

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, October 19:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (R): 3.7/ 6 (#2)
CBS – NFL Football Kickoff: 3.8/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Toy Story of Terror” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders): 6.3/11 (#1)
NBC – “The Good Place”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders): 7.1/12 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “The Orville” (R): 1.4/ 2 (#3)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders): 8.0/13 (#1)
NBC – “Great News”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Orville” (R): 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Arrow”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders): 6.7/11 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders): 7.4/13 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    • Agreed W&G has comeback so strong and Chicago Fire and Supernatural are very good shows, very good to see Supernatural still on the air doing its thing.

  1. Last night’s episode of Will & Grace was up there with being one of the funniest episodes they’ve ever done. So glad this show is back!

    • It was a great episode and an important one also. I always thought this sitcom got too silly at times, but last night it sent a valuable messing.

    • Yeah last night was one of the best they’ve ever done even going back to the original series. This show has been a breathe of fresh air no doubt.

        • Yeah I wouldn’t blame you for making that decision back then after season 5 it was getting awful but they’ve comeback with this revival and have gotten back to the basics like the the first 4 seasons of Will & Grace.

  2. Will & Grace should send a message to NBC to start looking more towards mainstream multi camera comedies. They continue to go down the road of pitching these niche market “30 Rock” shows that will never deliver the mass appeal of the old days when Friends, Frasier and Seinfeld ruled the airwaves. Although I love Superstore which does fill in the void for the Office … -:)

    • This I agree with more than anything right now I think NBC is the network in prime position to really get a nice multi-cam block going around Will & Grace. Although their single-cams were much acclaimed they’re too niche and will never be able to have a huge audience. NBC should really develop more comedies like Will & Grace with really good quality. Where I would start is rebooting one more comedy from the past that can get most of the original cast to do it and air that comedy at 8pm and that will help the entire block and the new comedies they bring in.

      • I’m a lot less sanguine than you about the so-called “success” of Will and Grace, but agree with you overall point. NBC (or any other network actually) has a wide open road to create good sitcoms that will hit.

        As far as reboots, I totally disagree. I never want to see another reboot ever again! (!!!!) !!! [is that enough punctuation? 😉 ]

  3. Will and Grace quickly went from 10.4 million viewers 9which was “solid”) to 6.5… I realize the rest of NBC’s night is a disaster so in comparison it’s better, but if that’s the “real deal” I think we should close the doors and throw away the keys… 😉