UPDATE 3 PM: As expected, the NBC series were adjusted down in the finals after the NFL pre-emption was taken out. Superstore (1.1) slipped a tenth from the fast nationals to finish down 0.2 from last week. The Good Place (1.2, -0.2 adjustment) finished the first part of its freshman run even week-to-week. Chicago Fire (1.3, -0.3) and The Blacklist (1.1, -0.2) were down 0.2 and 0.1 from last week, respectively.
Also as expected, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory was adjusted up a tenth to a 3.1 in 18-49, down 0.3 from last week, while The Great Indoors was adjusted down a tenth to a 1.6 for a 16% Week 2 drop. Also inching up a tenth to a 1.2 was ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, even with last week.
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PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: CBS’ post-football Thursday lineup slipped across the board in its second outing. The drop was biggest for flagship The Big Bang Theory (3.0 in adults 18-49, -0.4) though the hit comedy has a good chance of going up a tenth in the finals. After an OK not great start behind Big Bang last week, new comedy The Great Indoors (1.7) posted an OK Week 2 hold, currently down 0.2 (-11%) in 18-49 and 6% in total viewers (8.3 million). Even if it gets adjusted down, which Big Bang lead-outs often do because of a minute overrun, the slip will be a modest -16%. Mom (1.3) was down 0.2 from its season premiere last week, Life In Pieces (1.3) was off by a tenth.
New CBS medical drama Pure Genius (0.9) is not making a case for itself, slipping a tenth from its underwhelming debut, believed to be the lowest Live+Same Day premiere rating for an in-season CBS drama. The ratings bar at CBS is usually higher than other networks’ because of CBS’ deep bench, so the new drama may not get too many chances before the network makes a change in the time period.
Coming off the most thrilling and highest-rated World Series in decades, Fox’s baseball drama Pitch (0.9), which was promoted during the network’s baseball coverage, showed a small improvement, up a tenth from last week. Its lead-in, Rosewood (0.8), which is being moved to the lower-trafficked Fridays in January, was flat.
ABC’s Shondaland dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.1) at 8 PM and How To Get Away With Murder (1.1) at 10 PM were off by a tenth each, the latter tying a Live+SD series low, while newbie Notorious (0.8) was even.
NBC’s ratings were likely inflated by an NFL pre-emption. I will update the story with the finals. In the fast nationals, Superstore (1.2), which was least impacted, was down a tenth from last Thursday. The Good Place (1.4) is currently up from last week by two tenths, Chicago Med (1.6) and The Blacklist (1.3) each up by a tenth.
The CW’s Legends Of Tomorrow (0.6) was steady while veteran Supernatural (0.7) rose a tenth. In total viewers (1.84 million), Supernatural ticked up 9% to its largest audience since the season premiere.
CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
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