Per Nielsen fast affiliates, the game drew in a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.15 million viewers, easily surpassing the rest of the night’s programming. Of course, as with major live events, numbers are set to rise pending adjustment.
Coming in second overall is the Season 6 premiere of Young Sheldon (0.7, 6.89M), which drew in the highest numbers for non-sports programming. The sitcom had a near-identical performance Thursday to its Season 4 finale back in May (0.7, 6.84M) and rose from that season’s opener in November 2020.
Also coming in steady for its new season was United States of Al (0.5, 4.74M). The comedy, which opened its sophomore season incorporating the crisis in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul, was steady in demo rating from its series debut in April. Bull (0.3, 4.13M) also premiere for CBS.
Grey’s Anatomy on ABC slipped from last week’s premiere by a tenth in demo rating and about 16% in viewers, but still topped non-sports programming in the 9 p.m. hour. The medical drama tied with the latest Law & Order: SVU (0.6, 3.88), which followed closely in viewers. As far as newbies go, the new CBS comedy Ghosts starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar had a modest premiere (0.5, 5.34M), performing better than some other newcomers in the past weeks.
The CW bid farewell to The Outpost, which saw its series finale pick up a 0.0 demo rating and 330,000 viewers.
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