The midseason return of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (1.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 7.026 million viewers) delivered its best performance since its season debut, coming in a tenth higher than its most recent original episode in the demo. It finished second in Thursday’s primetime behind only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (2.3, 13.177M).
ABC’s move of A Million Little Things (1.1, 5.245M) to the night, after Grey’s, paid off. The freshman drama jumped 57% compared with its fall finale, tying its best-yet in the demo and clocking its best overall audience so far.
At 10 PM, however, return of How to Get Away With Murder (0.7, 2.842M) fell a tenth in the demo compared to fall finale, which had enjoyed a slightly stronger lead-in.
Big Bang Theory was Thursday’s most watched program and highest rated in the demo. Its lead-out Young Sheldon (1.7, 11.397M) ranked No. 2 for the night in total viewers, while trailing Grey’s in the demo.
CBS’ 9 PM Mom (1.3, 8.535M) took the time slot in both metrics, besting its comedy competition NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.9, 2.838M) by 200% in total viewers. After which, Week 2 of CBS’ new comedy Fam (1.0, 6.016M) dropped two-tenths in the demo relative to the previous week’s launch, while its Mom retention slipped to 77% this week from last week’s 86%.
NBC’s Titan Games (1.3, 4.858M) took a slight ding, though the competition series still came in 63% higher than NBC’s pre-Titan time slot average this season.
NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (0.9, 4.224M) took 10 PM, topping midseason return of HTGAWM; CBS stayed out of the skirmish, but its repeat S.W.A.T. (0.6, 4.234M) still managed to outrun ABC’s returning drama in total viewers.
On Fox, Gotham (0.7, 2.418M) and The Orville (0.7,2.975M) repeated their previous week’s demo performance.
The CW returned Supernatural (0.4, 1.439M) to same demo rating as final December episode, after which it repeated its Roswell reboot Roswell, New Mexico (0.3, 1.080M).
ABC (1.2, 5.038M) and CBS (1.2, 7.932M) tied for tops in the demo Thursday night; CBS was clear winner in total viewers. NBC (1.0, 3.926M) came in third, ahead of Fox (0.7, 2.697M) and CW (0.3, 1.260M).