November 8, 2019



With Halloween out of the way, the networks returned to their regular Thursday schedules.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment), the chart below displays preliminary live+same day key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart.

ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY rose 0.2 to 1.3, while A MILLION LITTLE THINGS gained 0.1 to 0.8, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER held at 0.4.

CBS:  Returning from a rerun week, YOUNG SHELDON (1.1), THE UNICORN (0.8), MOM (0.8), CAROL’S SECOND ACT (0.7) and EVIL (0.5) were all steady.

NBC:  SUPERSTORE (0.7), PERFECT HARMONY (0.5), and THE GOOD PLACE (0.6) were steady.  WILL & GRACE (0.5) and SVU (0.6) both lost 0.1.

CW:  Back from reruns, SUPERNATURAL (0.3) and LEGACIES (0.2) held their numbers.

FOX:  The preliminary 2.6 for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was down 0.2 from last week’s early rating.

Tonight, ABC again flexes its synergy muscles with an episode of the cumbersomely titled upcoming Disney+ streaming series HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 live+same day ratings versus the same night last year and same night last week.

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top cable programs from this day.




About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.


  1. ChrisM

    I am guessing CBS made some deal with the devil to renew EVIL? I can’t see why unless there is some streaming reason, such as the possible flexibility of moving it to All Access, if ratings don’t improve. Or, maybe CBS thought renewing it so early would assure viewers they would not be wasting their time worrying it would be canceled?

    • BILL G

      I like EVIL, because it is a different TV show. The stories are a little bit far fetched, but well acted. The ratings would be higher if Football wasn’t on.

      • ChrisM

        I tried the first episode, but did not care for it. Oddly, one reason was the lead actress’ character having four girls seemed a bit much, but mainly, I just did not feel I would have the patience to get involved in some ongoing demonic subplot with Michael Emerson playing yet another strange, nerd-like character that he seems to be pigeon-holed into. It wasn’t bad, it just sort of all put me off of it.

        We forget their are delayed viewings, On Demand, and CBS streaming that probably helps it enough for renewal too.

    • TJ Neyland

      If they don’t move it to All Access, I can see the show moving to Wednesdays

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