At 8pm, CBS's 'Young Sheldon' took victory, averaging a 1.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers. The program skewed very old with a 15 share in people over 50 and just a 0.5 rating in people 18-34. 'The Paley Center Salutes,' on NBC, was down just a tenth in the demo (1.0/5, 3.25 million), and ABC's 'Millionaire' (0.8/5, 6.2 million) took third. Finally, 'Katy Keene', on the CW, was invisible at just 0.1/1 (119,000 people in the demo) with 401,000 viewers.
'Man with a Plan' notched a modest 0.7/4 at 8:30 with 6.6 million viewers.
At 9pm, NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' took an easy victory, averaging a 1.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.6 million total viewers (1.7 million in the demo). The special was the youngest-skewing program on broadcast, scoring the day's best 18-34 rating (1.2) with an average viewing age of just 47.9 (for comparison, the next youngest was a FOX rerun at 55.8). In people over 50, the show had only a 3 share.
Elsewhere at 9pm, ABC's 'Station 19' (0.9/5, 5.6 million) was second on the hour and performed well in women demos, 18-49 (1.2/6) and 25-54 (1.7/6). A second episode of 'Man With a Plan' (0.7/4, 6.1 million) retained most of its lead-in (960,000 v. 897,000 in the demo); both episodes scored 9 shares in people 50+. In a distant last-place was CW's 'In the Dark' which mustered only a 0.1/0 rating (102,000) and 394,000 viewers. The show scored a 0 share in all major sub-demographics except for women 25-54 where it found a 1 share.
A new episode of 'Broke' at 9:30 was marginal at 0.6/3 in the demo with just under 5.1 million viewers.
Finally at 10pm, 'How to Get Away with Murder' (0.6/4, 2.8 million) took victory, up a tenth from second-place 'Tommy' (0.5/3, 5.1 million), and up three-tenths from third-place NBC drama 'Council of Dads' (0.3/2, 2 million). 'Murder' also found its usual success in key women demos, pulling a 0.9/5 in W18-49 and 1.2/5 in W25-54. 'Tommy' skewed extremely old: it had a 9 share in people over 50 and an average audience age of 67.9 - the highest for the night. As for 'Council,' it's low 18-49 rating cannot be fully attributed to an older audience, as the show managed only a 2 share in people over 50 and its median age of 60.9 is well below the CBS averages.
Cable highlights for the night include MTV's 'Jersey Shore' which ranked #1 in F12-34 (0.4 rating) and #2 in W18-49 (0.57), just one-hundredth behind Bravo's 'Real Housewives of NYC' (0.58). In total viewers, those two programs were at 895,000 and 1.2 million respectively. 'Families of the Mafia,' which followed 'Shore' had poor retention at 0.15/0.19 in those demos and only 355,000 viewers.
E!'s 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' was ranked #2 in F12-34 (0.37 rating) and #3 in W18-49 (0.47), with 810,000 viewers. 'Total Bellas' was at 0.3/0.33 in those demos with 600,000 viewers, and 'Kards Konfidential' had just 307,000.
Two episodes of 'Shaq Life' on TNT were virtually even between men and women 18-49 (both at 0.2 for the 9pm episode and 0.18/0.17 at 9:30), but lost 100K viewers, from 601,000 at 9pm to 508,000 at 9:30.
Other programs of note include WEtv's 'Growing Up Hip Hop' (413,000), Freeform's 'Siren' (340,000), UP's 'Bringing Up Bates' (356,000), FX's 'Better Things' (186,000), and Showtime's 'Desus & Mero' (61,000).