TV Ratings: ‘Scandal,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Return Hot, ‘Riverdale’ Premieres Cool

ABC’s “TGIT” lineup was back to full strength last night with the return of “Scandal,” giving ABC a big win while most of its competition was in reruns. And while the Season 6 premiere of “Scandal” notched an 18-49 demo rating it hasn’t seen since its midseason return last year, it’s “Grey’s Anatomy” that truly impressed.

“Grey’s” kicked the night off with a 2.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 9.52 million viewers, beating its own season premiere in the fall. For a show in its 13th season, that’s a feat in its own right, and not just astonishing in these days of increasingly fractured audiences.

“Scandal” brought in a 2.1 demo rating and 7.67 million viewers, beating the snot out of former slot occupant “Notorious.” That lifted the formerly flagging “How to Get Away With Murder” to a 1.5 in the demo and 5.4 million viewers.

The CW’s gritty Archie drama “Riverdale” had a bit of a soft premiere, with a 0.5 in the demo and 1.37 million viewers. While that demo rating doesn’t win any prizes against the rest of the broadcasters, its 0.4 rating in the 18-34 demo did tie that of its Fox competition. Lead-in “Supernatural” brought in a 0.6 and 1.71 million viewers.

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” drew a 1.2 in the demo and 3.98 million viewers. “My Kitchen Rules” notched a 0.8 and 2.19 million viewers.

CBS had two repeats of its Thursday comedies leading into its Mary Tyler Moore tribute special. “Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around” brought in a 0.8 in the demo and 8.5 million viewers. “Pure Genius” then finished out its first season with a 0.7 in the demo and 5.19 million viewers.

NBC was in repeats of its Thursday lineup.

As a reminder, many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three or seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.


TV Ratings Thursday: ‘Scandal’ and TGIT score for ABC, ‘Riverdale’ starts slowly

The return of the TGIT lineup to ABC gave the network a big boost Thursday night. “Scandal” premiered to a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, down a good amount from last year’s opener (3.3) but up over last spring’s finale (1.8) and in line with its 2015-16 average. “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.6) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.5) each scored season highs.

The CW’s “Riverdale,” on the other hand, premiered somewhat softly. Its o.5 was in line with the debuts of the network’s other new shows this season, “No Tomorrow” (0.5) and “Frequency” (0.4), and well below most TV by the Numbers users’ predictions for the premiere. “Supernatural’s” 0.6 was even with its last episode of the fall.

CBS got just a 0.7 from the season finale of “Pure Genius,” tying its season low. A special about the life of Mary Tyler Moore also drew a 0.7. FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen” scored a 1.2, off a tenth from last week, while “My Kitchen Rules” was steady at 0.8.

Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.7/4, 2.2/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/4, 2.0/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.4/3, 1.4/5

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.8/3

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns.
Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time.
Time Shifted Viewing: Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
The numbers for Thursday include a couple of heavily anticipated premieres:
TimeShowAdults 18-49 Rating/ShareViewers (millions)
8 p.m.Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)2.6/99.52

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R1.6/69.31

Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)1.2/43.98

Superstore (NBC) – R0.7/32.80

Supernatural (The CW)0.6/21.71

8:30 p.m.Mom (CBS) – R1.2/47.14

Superstore (NBC) – R0.7/32.37

9 p.m.Scandal (ABC) – P2.1/77.67

My Kitchen Rules (FOX)0.8/32.19

Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around (CBS) – S0.7/36.50

Chicago Med (NBC) – R0.7/33.98

Riverdale (The CW) – P0.5/21.37

10 p.m.How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)1.5/55.40

Pure Genius (CBS) – F0.7/35.19

The Blacklist (NBC) – R0.5/22.49
Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share2.0/71.0/41.0/40.7/30.6/2
Total Viewers (millions)7.533.086.643.021.54

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