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Updated Thursday Ratings: Football Down but Still Dominant on CBS


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, October 25, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 7.86 million, ABC and NBC: 5.38 each, Fox: 3.49, CW: 1.65

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.1 rating/8 share, ABC: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 5, CW: 0.5/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.22 million (13), A18-49: 1.7/ 7 (#1)

CBS – NFL Football Kick-Off
Viewers: 6.55 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 4.57 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.94 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.98 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Grey’s Anatomy
Viewers: 7.49 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Miami Dophins vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Viewers: 8.67 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.98 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.74 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.87 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 5.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Miami Dophins vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Viewers: 8.73 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Will & Grace
Viewers: 6.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#2)

Fox – The Orville
Viewers: 4.07 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.42 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 4.71 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Miami Dophins vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Viewers: 9.15 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

NBC – Great News
Viewers: 4.00 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Fox – The Orville
Viewers: 4.23 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.32 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 3.72 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Miami Dophins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Viewers: 7.32 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away With Murder
Viewers: 3.50 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Miami Dophins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Viewers: 6.74 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.58 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Do you have the preliminary numbers for Telemundo’s Latin American Music Awards (latin AMAs)…the half hour ratings?

  2. Consider me shocked at Orville’s ratings. I expected them to do worse than Gotham initially. It will have a full season and probably a season 2 now.

    NBC needs to make some more multi cam shows. Why are so many networks stopping?

    • Orville is doing slightly better than expected and I didn’t think Gotham would be doing that badly. I think FOX would give it a full season at this point.

      I agree 100% that NBC needs to make more multi-cam shows it’s pretty clear those viewers are rejecting their single-cams. I think NBC will next season bring in at least 2-3 multi-cams to run around W&G. I don’t know why the networks have stopped in the first place when the single-cams haven’t done any better than the multi-cams in the past decade. I think you can see a trend towards multi-cams coming back with Will & Grace being successful and maybe Roseanne later in the season.

    • The Orville’s ratings are awful. FOX bet big on Seth MacFarlane yet again and he failed to deliver yet again.

      “Multi-cam” shows are considered “old” and “uncool” by network executives. They LOVE the fake-edgy “single-camera” comedies that only amuse them (or so it seems). That’s why. They’ve apparently entirely given up on the idea of generating real hits and thus saving the network from oblivion (it’s well on the way already) and thus do shows that they know will get them pats on the back at Hollywood parties and development jobs (well, for as long as that’ll last without a fresh infusion of hits).

  3. Will & Grace does it again but this time it upticks week-to-week which is a great sign for NBC. It’s doing much better than expected through this point I think there was some doubt about W&G holding up this well going into the TNF hiatus after next week. Quality definitely helps though as W&G has been on top of its game mirroring the first few seasons of the original series so I believe they’ve gained the trust of their viewers to keep the ratings up. Personally last week’s wasn’t better than the week before but still very good.

    Now I talked about this earlier but W&G is doing very well for NBC right now the most successful multi-cam they’ve had since well W&G itself 11 years ago so I do feel like the show could be doing even better easily if it was surrounded around winners instead of losers. NBC won’t be able to fix it fully for another season or two but the quick change needs to be Marlon replacing Great News which hopefully doesn’t return after next week when the comedies return in January. I think if NBC could revive another multi-cam from the past at some point in the next season or two they could control Thursdays for years to come like they used to for 2 decades.

    Chicago Fire looks like it did benefit from the Cubs not on against it as it went back up so that’s a good sign there if the lead-in was higher CF could easily be doing 7 million viewers and anywhere in the range of 1.3-1.6 on a regular basis.

  4. Will and Grace, Supernatural and Chicago Fire is the 3 I watch on Thursdays, Love all three show. Think more watch CW. To many fans for Supernatural on their Facebook. Even read where Austrian fans stream it. “Popular world wide.

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