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Primetime Ratings: NBC Wins With Football

NBC had the top score in broadcast prime Thursday, posting a 2.4 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, with Thursday Night Football leading the way. NBC’s viewer share was a 9. Next up was CBS at 1.6/6.

Football Night in America tallied a 2.1 on NBC, and the game, Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals, a 2.5. It was Thursday Night Football’s first run of the season on NBC. Two Thursdays before, the pre-game did a 1.5 on CBS and the game a 2.2.

On CBS, The Big Bang Theory did a flat 2.7 and Young Sheldon was a level 2.2. Mom was up 7% at 1.5 and Life in Pieces was a flat 1.2, then SWAT was off 9% from its premiere at 1.0.

ABC was at 1.3/5. The 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy ticked up 6% to 1.9 and Scandal did a flat 1.1. Taylor Swift performed a new song from her Rhode Island waterfront mansion during a break in Scandal. How to Get Away With Murder posted a level 0.9.

Fox did a 0.9/4, as Gotham rated a 0.9 and The Orville a 1.0. Both shows were flat.

Univision was at 0.6/2 and Telemundo at 0.5/2.

The CW rated a 0.5/2, as Supernatural scored a 0.6 and Arrow a 0.5. Both were flat.  

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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.