Fox won the Thursday ratings battle, with football leading the way. Thursday Night Football led Fox to a 2.4 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 13 share. In second was ABC at 1.1/6.
Many viewers were drawn to cable news for election updates, but many others simply wanted some entertainment.
Fox had Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers on across prime. It was up 9% over Falcons-Panthers the Thursday before.
ABC had two hours of The Bachelorette up 33% for a 1.4 and special Your Voice/Your Vote at 0.5.
CBS scored a 0.5/2 and NBC a 0.4/2. Comedies returned on CBS. Young Sheldon had a 0.7 season premiere and new Chuck Lorre comedy B Positive opened at 0.6, as did the season starter for Mom. After a Young Sheldon rerun, special CBS News 2020: America Decides got a 0.3.
On NBC, Superstore fell 17% to 0.5 and led into a Superstore repeat. Decision 2020: Election Special got a 0.4.
Univision rated a 0.3/2 and Telemundo a 0.3/1. Univision had La Rosa de Guadalupe down 20% to 0.4 and Imperio de Mentiras and Dulce Ambicion at flat 0.3s.
On Telemundo, El Domo del Dinero got a flat 0.2. Todo Por Mi Hija shot up 33% to 0.4 and Falsa Identidad tallied a level 0.2.
The CW had a 0.2/1. Supernatural went up 50% to 0.3 and The Outpost a flat 0.1.
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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.