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

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.3/12, ABC: 4.1/ 7, NBC: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.2/ 2

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

CBS: + 6, ABC: + 5, Fox: – 4, NBC: – 5, CW: -14

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS won this second Thursday in the 2017-18 TV season thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles/Carolina Panthers match-up on NFL Football. The game averaged an estimated 7.9 rating/13 share in the household overnights and it stood well above the competition.

In week three news, it looks like the revival of “Will & Grace” on NBC is sticking, with a respectable (and second place) 5.0/ 8 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, this was 79 percent above lead-in “The Good Place” (#3: 2.8/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.). It was 23 percent above “Chicago Med” in the time period on the year-ago evening (4.4/ 7 on 10/13/16). And, immediately following, sophomore “Great News” sunk to a 2.8/ 5 (#3) at 9:30 p.m. So, now the challenge for NBC is to find something compatible after it. Tina Fey, unfortunately, does not reach a mass audience.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was critically worthy “Superstore” at atypical third-place 2.9/ 5 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which was on par with the year-ago evening. And relocated “Chicago Fire” at 10 p.m. (#2: 4.1/ 7) was a slight improvement from “The Blacklist” on the year-ago evening, besting ABC’s competing “How To Get Away With Murder” (#3: 2.9/ 5) by 41 percent in the household overnights.

ABC’s crown Thursday jewel remains “Grey’s Anatomy” at a consistent 5.7/ 9 at 8 p.m., which led into a third-place 3.8/ 6 for this final season of “Scandal” at 9 p.m.

In season premiere news was The CW’s combination of “Supernatural” (#5: 1.3/ 2), now in season 13, and relocated “Arrow” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which combined slipped by 14 percent from the year-ago combination of “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supernatural.”

Over at Fox, the combination of “Gotham” (#4: 2.1/ 4) and “The Orville” (#4: 2.4/ 4) could not compete. But for a look at how “Gotham” does resonate in social media, click here

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, October 5:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.8/10 (#1)
CBS – NFL Football Kickoff: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Superstore”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.1/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (season premiere): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Grey’s Anatomy”: 5.6/ 9 (#2)
CBS – Thursday Football (Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers): 7.1/12 (#1)
NBC – “The Good Place”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Gotham”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (season premiere): 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers): 8.1/13 (#1)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 5.0/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (season premiere): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Scandal”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers): 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “Great News”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “The Orville”: 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Arrow” (season premiere): 1.1/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers): 7.5/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “How to Get Away With Murder”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – Thursday Football (Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers): 7.9/14 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I really wouldn’t call it the “real deal”. Will and Grace is already below 7 million viewers and will likely continue to drop.

    It’s very far from the hits that NBC craves and can’t get close to.