Rookies Hold Steady, ‘Grey’s’ Continues To Shine As Hurricane Matthew Interrupts

There were only minor week-to-week fluctuations in the fast national ratings for last night. Since there may be adjustments from weather-related preemptions in the Southeastern part of the country for Hurricane Matthew coverage on top of the regular adjustments in the final Live+same day ratings, let’s take last night’s fast nationals with a larger than ever grain of salt and not read too much into every 0.1 rise or fall, at least not until the final ratings are released midday.

What is pretty certain is that the Thursday shows remained pretty steady week to week despite facing Thursday Night Football on CBS last night vs. the telecast on the NFL Network last week.

If Fox’s Rosewood keeps its fast national 18-49 rating of 0.9, it would be worth noting as that would be a second consecutive +0.1 gain for the sophomore procedural following that abysmal 0.7 Live+Same Day rating for the season premiere. Lead-out, freshman Pitch (1.0) was steady.

The other rookie Thursday drama, ABC’s Notorious (1.0), is currently off by a tenth from last week. Pitch and Notorious are in that frustrating area where they are not breaking out to earn an early pickup but are not dropping from their modest starts either to deserve swift cancellation. Both series are within 0.1 of their premiere Live+Same Day ratings.

Still, Notorious should be on shakier ground because it has a three times larger demo lead-in from Grey’s Anatomy, which logged another rock solid performance (2.3 in 18-49, currently off by a tenth from last week.)

NBC’s new comedy The Good Place (1.4) currently is running ahead of last week by +0.1, while Superstore (1.3) is even. In other minor fluctuations, NBC’s The Blacklist (1.2) is currently up a tenth from last week’s L+SD low. NBC’s Chicago Med (1.3) and ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder (1.3) are holding steady.

CBS’ Thursday Night Football is currently lower than the game on the network two weeks ago but still strong enough to win the night.

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