Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday Nielsens: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' Return to 3-Month Highs

CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' topped all of broadcast Thursday, according to Fast Affiliate data released by Nielsen Media Research. The show notched a 2.89 adults 18-49 rating/12 share and 14.7 million viewers. Following at 8:30pm, 'Young Sheldon' lost 0.5 from its lead-in, to a 2.396 rating/9 share and 13.2 million viewers. 'Mom' (1.56/6, 9.3 million) topped the 9pm hour, 'Life in Pieces' (1.199/5, 6.8 million) performed well at 9:30, and 'SWAT' (1.03/4, 6.0 million) won a close 10pm race.

Over at the alphabet, the 'Grey's Anatomy' (2.24 rating/9 share) winter premiere hit its second best demo numbers of the season (the season premiere had a 2.34/9), and a season high in total viewers (8.2 million). The return of 'Scandal' (1.25/5, 5.2 million) scored its second-best demo and viewership figures of the season, just behind the season premiere (1.36/5, 5.5 million). At 10pm, 'How to Get Away with Murder' (0.96/4, 3.8 million) returned relatively stable with its season average (0.94 rating, 3.73 million viewers).

 NBC's 'Will & Grace' (1.29 rating/5 share, 4.5 million) hit its second-lowest numbers of the season (a nice rise from last week's season-low 1.1 rating and 4.2 million viewers), but still topped the night for NBC. 'The Good Place' (0.98/4, 3.1 million) had solid retention with its 'Superstore' (1.01/4, 3.7 million) lead-in, and 'Chicago Fire' (0.97/4, 5.65 million) gained 0.3 from 'Great News' (0.65/3, 2.5 million).

On FOX, 'The Four' averaged a 1.149 rating/4 share and 3.5 million viewers over the course of its 2 hours, but did see growth in each half-hour: growing from 0.98 in its first half-hour, up to a 1.31 rating in its final half hour.

Finally, over at the CW, 'Supernatural' (0.604 rating/2 share, 1.9 million viewers) and 'Arrow' (0.47/2, 1.4 million) both stayed on par with their season averages. Season-to-date, 'Supernatural' is averaging a 0.6 rating and 1.79 million viewers, while 'Arrow' has averaged a 0.5 rating and 1.46 million viewers. 

In primetime, there were approximately 25.5% of adults 18-49 using television, slightly up from last Thursday's 25.3%.

Source: Live+same day data, Nielsen Media Research.

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