Two broadcast networks broke away from the pack Thursday night as week four of the fall season saw reality beginning to set in for some of the latest shows hoping to usher in a new era of must-see Thursday nights.
Citing Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” NBC’s “Bad Judge” and Fox’s “Gracepoint” all lost ground from their results a week ago.
Meanwhile, CBS rolled to its expected easy victory on the strength of “Thursday Night Football.” The Jets-Patriots showdown had a preliminary 3.9 average rating in viewers 18-49, up a tick from a 3.8 for last week’s game. The report notes that the football numbers are subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the nature of live programming.
While not quite matching CBS’s results, ABC found itself a safe distance ahead of the pack as well, with its drama lineup continuing to produce solid numbers. “Grey’s Anatomy” equaled its 2.4 average in 18-49 from a week ago while “Scandal” dipped 3% to a 2.9. “How to Get Away with Murder” was off 13% with a 2.7.
Univision, Fox and NBC finished in a three-way tie for third place in the 18-49 demo with 1.2 averages for prime time overall. Fox’s “Bones” matched its 1.6 average from last week, but “Gracepoint” fell 11% to a 0.8.
NBC had one of the few shows to improve on a week ago, with “The Biggest Loser” ticking up 8% from its series low to register a 1.3 average in adults 18-49. “Bad Judge” fell one-tenth of a point to a 1.2, while “A to Z” and “Parenthood” both matched last week’s ratings — a 1.0 for “A to Z” and a 1.3 for “Parenthood.”
For prime time overall, CBS led the pack in the 18-49 demo with a 3.6 average, followed by ABC (2.7 average), Univision, Fox and NBC (all with 1.2 averages) and CW (0.7). CBS led total viewers with 11.9 million, ahead of ABC (9.3 million), Fox (5.1 million), NBC (4.3 million), Univision (3.0 million) and CW (1.6 million).