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Updated Thursday Ratings: ABC Leads; CBS and Fox Tie for No. 2

THURSDAY FAST AFFILIATE RATINGS

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, January 24, 2018 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Total Viewers (in millions):
ABC: 5.75 million, CBS: 5.01, NBC: 4.11, Fox: 3.63, CW: 1.67

Adults 18-49 (rating / share):
ABC: 1.5 rating/6 share, Fox: 1.2/ 5, NBC: 0.9/ 4, CBS: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 2

Adults 18-34 (rating / share):
ABC: 1.1 rating/6 share, Fox: 0.8/ 4, NBC: 0.5/ 3, CBS: 0.5/ 2, CW: 0.4/ 2

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8:00 PM

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.67 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 2.3/9 (#1) Adults 18-34: 1.8/10 (#1)

CBS – MVP: Most Valuable Performer (S)
Viewers: 4.38 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.7/3 (#4) Adults 18-34: 0.4/2 (#5)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 4.22 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.2/5 (#2) Adults 18-34: 0.6/3 (#3)

Fox – The Four
Viewers: 3.16 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 1.0/4 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.7/4 (#2)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.02 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.6/2 (#5) Adults 18-34: 0.5/2 (#4)

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8:30 PM

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 8.35 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 2.2/9 (#1) Adults 18-34: 1.7/9 (#1)

CBS – MVP: Most Valuable Performer (S)
Viewers: 4.05 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.6/2 (#4) Adults 18-34: 0.4/2 (#4)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.61 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.1/4 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.6/3 (#4)

Fox – The Four
Viewers: 3.58 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 1.1/4 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.8/4 (#2)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.87 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.6/2 (#4) Adults 18-34: 0.4/2 (#4)

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9:00 PM

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.39 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.4/5 (#1) Adults 18-34: 1.0/5 (#1)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (RS)
Viewers: 6.86 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.3/5 (#2) Adults 18-34: 0.7/3 (#3)

NBC – Will & Grace (R)
Viewers: 2.56 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.6/2 (#4) Adults 18-34: 0.4/2 (#4)

Fox – The Four
Viewers: 3.73 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.2/5 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.8/4 (#2)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.43 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.4/2 (#5) Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#5)

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9:30 PM

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.01 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.2/5 (#2) Adults 18-34: 0.9/4 (#2)

CBS – The Big Bang Theory (RS)
Viewers: 6.52 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.1/4 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.6/3 (#3)

NBC – Great News (finale)
Viewers: 2.19 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.5/2 (#4) Adults 18-34: 0.3/1 (#4)

Fox – The Four
Viewers: 4.05 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.4/5 (#1) Adults 18-34: 1.0/5 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.34 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.4/2 (#5) Adults 18-34: 0.3/1 (#4)

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10:00 PM

ABC – How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.68 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.0/4 (#2) Adults 18-34: 0.7/4 (#1)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (R)
Viewers: 4.59 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.7/3 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 5.98 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.1/4 (#1) Adults 18-34: 0.6/3 (#2)

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10:30 PM

ABC – How to Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.40 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.9/4 (#2) Adults 18-34: 0.6/4 (#1)

CBS – S.W.A.T. (R)
Viewers: 4.23 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.6/3 (#3) Adults 18-34: 0.3/2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.07 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.0/5 (#1) Adults 18-34: 0.5/3 (#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. FROM ABC:

    ABC Wins Thursday with Grey’s the #1 TV Show at a 1-Year High in Viewership

    ABC Thursday Prime (8-11pm – 5.7 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): Holding exactly even with last week’s strong return for its TGIT lineup after a 2-month hiatus, ABC emerged as Thursday’s #1 network in Total Viewers (5.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.5/6).

    ABC won Thursday night by 25% in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49 and its demographic lead will become even more pronounced once delayed viewing is counted. Including just the first 3 days of TV Playback into the Adult 18-49 numbers, last week’s Grey’s shot up to a 3.3/13 rating (from a 2.3/9), Scandal to a 1.9/7 rating (from a 1.3/5) and HTGAWM to a 1.8/6 rating, nearly doubling its Live + Same Day number (+80% from a 1.0/4).

    · At 8pm, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy won its hour and stood as Thursday’s #1 TV show in Total Viewers (8.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.2/9). Grey’s was up for its 2nd straight telecast in Total Viewers (+9% – 8.5 million vs. 8.3 million) and held even with its Fast Affiliate rating (2.2/9) which went up 1-tenth in the Nationals, marking its most watched telecast in exactly 1 year – since 1/26/17.

    · At 9pm, ABC’s Scandal ranked #1 in its hour with young adults (tie) and remained even with last week’s return in Total Viewers (5.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/5) to match best-since-premiere results – since 10/5/17.

    · At 10pm, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder held even with the prior week among Adults 18-49 (1.0/4) at a best-since-premiere number – since 9/28/17.

  2. FROM NBC:

    NBC Ratings: “Superstore” Matches Its High Since Premiere Week, “Good Place” Scores Its High Since October

    “SUPERSTORE” EQUALS ITS 18-49 HIGH SINCE THE SHOW’S SEASON PREMIERE, INCREASES WEEK TO WEEK BY +20%

    “THE GOOD PLACE” GROWS +10% IN 18-49 AND +21% IN TOTAL VIEWERS FOR ITS HIGHS SINCE OCT. 26

    “CHICAGO FIRE” IS UP +10%, EQUALS ITS HIGH SINCE OCTOBER, WINS THE 10 P.M. HOUR

    Thursday Primetime Ratings:

    “Superstore” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET):
    · Earns its highest 18-49 rating since Oct. 26, 2017 (1.2) and equals the show’s high since its season premiere on Sept. 28, 2017 (1.3).
    · Delivers its most-watched episode since Oct. 26, 2017 (4.6 million).
    · Jumps +20% week to week in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.0) and +18% in total viewers (4.216 million vs. 3.565 million).
    · Ranks #2 in the competitive timeslot in adults 18-49, as well as adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demographics.
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD — “Superstore” is growing by +55% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.1 to a 1.7) and +1.3 million viewers overall (4.1 million to 5.4 million). When projected non-linear 35-day viewing is included, the “Superstore” 18-49 rating increases to a 2.85.
    · Upscale: “Superstore” is delivering a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes.

    “The Good Place” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET):
    · Generates the show’s highest rating since Oct. 26, 2017 (1.1) and matches its high since Oct. 12 (1.2).
    · Delivers its most-watched episode since Oct. 26, 2017 (4.0 million viewers).
    · Increases by +10% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0) and +21% in total viewers (3.612 million vs. 2.997 million).
    · Will increase substantially with time-shifting and VOD – “The Good Place” is growing by +70% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 so far this season (from a 1.16 to a 1.97) and +1.9 million viewers overall (4.1 million to 6.0 million). With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Good Place” figure increases to a 3.42.
    · Upscale: “The Good Place” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 137 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    “Chicago Fire” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Matches the show’s high 18-49 rating since Oct. 26 (1.2) and generates its most-watched episode since that same date (6.5 million).
    · Is up +10% week to week in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0) and +6% in total viewers (6.026 million vs. 5.675 million).
    · Ranks #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the timeslot in adults 18-49, total viewers and adults, men and women 25-54.
    · Will increase substantially via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Fire” is growing by +91% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.14 to a 2.18) and +4.0 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7. With the addition of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, the “Fire” figure increases to a 2.93 in 18-49.

    An encore telecast of “Will & Grace” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall from 9-9:31 p.m. ET):
    · Is up versus the show’s prior encore in this timeslot by +50% in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.4 on Dec. 28, 2017) and +13% in total viewers (2.563 million vs. 2.264 million).

    “Great News” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall from 9:31-10 p.m. ET):
    · Finishes within 0.1 of last week’s rating in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5) and retains 98% in total viewers (2.189 million vs. 2.237 million), despite this week’s encore lead-in.
    · Will grow with the addition of time-shifted and VOD viewership — “Great News” has increased by +25% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (0.8 to a 1.0) and +626,000 viewers overall (3.1 million to 3.7 million). When projected 35-day non-linear viewing is included, the “Great News” 18-49 rating grows to a 1.39.
    · Upscale: “Great News” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 130 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.0/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.4/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.6/4; “Late Show,” 0.4/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.2/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/2 with an encore.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  3. FROM CBS:

    “THE BIG BANG THEORY” AND “YOUNG SHELDON” ENCORES WIN TIME PERIODS IN VIEWERS AND ADULTS 25-54;

    “MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER” NFL TALENT SPECIAL FINISHES HOUR #2 IN VIEWERS

    EVEN WITH MOSTLY REPEATS, CBS FINISHES NIGHT #2 IN VIEWERS

    · From 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, the NFL talent special MVP: MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER finished #2 in its time period in viewers (4.21m).

    · At 9:00 PM, a special encore of THE BIG BANG THEORY finished #1 in viewers (6.86m) and adults 25-54 (1.8), also winning its time period in viewers over original competition by +27% (versus 5.39m).

    · At 9:30 P.M., YOUNG SHELDON won its time period in viewers over original competition by +30% (6.52m versus 5.01m) and also won its half-hour in A25-54 (1.7).

    · An encore S.W.A.T. was second in the 10:00 PM hour in viewers (4.41m).

    · CBS finished the night #2 in viewers (5.10m).

    • Seems the only reason they made this show was their anger ABC took American Idol away from them Lol. I hope FOX doesn’t wind up being the network that only shows mess like this. I won’t be a Fox viewer if that is the case.

  4. Chicago Fire’s performance was pretty funny it grew from an 0.5 to an 1.1 and from 2 million to 6 million viewers to top the hour so bad for ABC because that’s like 4 million people changing the channel to NBC at 10pm. If NBC can fix that timeslot next year CF can do even better than that.

    • Looks like NBC made the right move with Chicago Fire at 10PM on Thursday. At this point, I’d just leave it there for the remainder of its years.

      • I agree that was a good move by NBC with Chicago Fire it really helped them get back to being competitive in that hour and winning the slot, I agree as well they should just leave it there for the rest of its run as the show hasn’t really had a permanent timeslot and Med is doing just fine on Tuesdays at 10pm as well.