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Updated Thursday Ratings: The NFL Leads CBS to Victory

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Thursday, October 19, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.51 million, NBC: 5.18, ABC: 4.54, Fox: 2.45, CW: 1.72

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.7 rating/10 share, NBC: 1.2/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC –It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (R)
Viewers: 5.99 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#2)

CBS – NFL Kick-Off
Viewers: 7.56 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Superstore
Viewers: 4.21 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.75 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.97 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC –Toy Story of Terror (R)
Viewers: 4.76 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders)
Viewers: 10.84 million (#1), A18-49: 2.9/11 (#1)

NBC – The Good Place
Viewers: 3.92 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2t)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 2.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 1.83 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 4.86 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders)
Viewers: 9.93 million (#1), A18-49: 2.8/10 (#1)

NBC – Will & Grace
Viewers: 6.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

Fox – The Orville (R)
Viewers: 2.22 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4t)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.55 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4t)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Scandal
Viewers: 4.48 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

CBS – Thursday Night Football (Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders)
Viewers: 10.61 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/11 (#1)

NBC – Great News
Viewers: 3.77 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Fox – The Orville (R)
Viewers: 2.19 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 1.51 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.66 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 8.78 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/10 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.36 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – How To Get Away with Murder
Viewers: 3.49 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.34 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/11 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.28 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Man like Marc said earlier Will & Grace is indeed the Real Deal for NBC right now this is the 4th week now and its started to stabilize and I heard it has room to go up in finals like it did last week so I’ll be on the lookout for that. W&G is doing pretty well against the baseball playoffs so next week I can see it staying where its at or even going up because there’s no more playoff baseball on Thursdays for the rest of the season. Mom is going to be interesting to see how it comes back though but I really believe Mom could end up having a tough time against W&G.

    I can’t say enough how good W&G has been since it returned on the quality side this is easily the best TV comedy on the air for me right now as I find myself laughing at least around 5 times or more an episode. I haven’t been disappointed yet and it seems to get better every episode. They’ve really gotten back to the basics and that’s what helps. The thing that really hurt the original W&G in the later seasons was that it was a super huge show and NBC inflated it with the guest star of the week format and that hurt the quality of the show. Right now they’re matching some of the best episodes of the original one that’s how good it is right now. Gotta thank NBC for bringing this show back because TV really needed its been such a dull era for comedies the past 10 years. I’m hoping NBC can develop a comedy that’s as good in quality as W&G but is a multi-cam though and invest money into it. They can reboot another one from the past as well.

  2. As for the rest of the ratings it was a very busy sports night with all of the major four sports in action the NFL, NBA, NHL, and baseball playoffs all in action. Real quick on all of those except hockey since I watched a little bit of all four of the sports last night. With the NFL crazy game and ending for the Raiders game on CBS, loved the way my Raptors looked in their opener and we gotta give Lonzo Ball more time, and the Cubs need to fix their pitching and hitting if they want to make another run here. Yanks/Dodgers is going to be an interesting series feels like the late 70s with these two matching up potentially in the World Series.

    NBC’s comedies outside of W&G were a real disappointment especially the 8pm hour which I thought would do better with no Grey’s on last night. Also Great News is now super flopping right now it doesn’t deserve to air another episode after this hiatus. Put Marlon on when the comedies comeback in January. This is another example of why NBC needs to run with multi-cams around Will & Grace next season. Chicago Fire got the same rating as last week but viewership was up a little bit. Episode was good I think CF will go up next week with no Cubs on for the first time in two weeks.

    ABC had an absolutely abysmal night without Grey’s Anatomy as Scandal showed that it needs to rest after its done and How To Get Away with Murder has gotten buried by Chicago Fire this season. ABC Thursdays is a mess without Grey’s.

    Gotham hasn’t done very well since moving to Thursdays it should’ve paired with The Gifted on Mondays.

    The CW is solid on Thursdays especially Supernatural but I’m starting to wonder if Arrow is seeing the end here soon. They got to replace one of their superhero shows soon.

  3. Once again Disaster Thursday… 🙁

    HTGAWM now has ridiculous ratings, Scandal (which never was as strong as advertised) is joining it quickly.

    Gotham, Superstore and The Good Place are also pronounced dead at the Ratings Clinic…

    And CW remains a laughable non-factor…

    And this is the easiest night to have good ratings!!!!

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