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TV Ratings: CBS Wins Post-World Series Hangover Thursday

After a World Series for the ages ended Wednesday night, Thursday’s broadcast ratings feel a little anticlimactic.

CBS eked out a win for the night in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. First off was “The Big Bang Theory” with a 3.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 13.93 million viewers, down about four tenths from last week’s early results. “The Great Indoors” followed with a 1.7 and 8.3 million, down a few tenths from its premiere last week. “Mom” at 9 p.m. drew a 1.3 and 7.03 million viewers. “Life in Pieces” drew the same demo, but 5.96 million viewers. Medical drama “Pure Genius” came in with a 0.9 and 5.1 million viewers, down a few tenths from its debut.

NBC’s “Superstore” dropped a tick from last week, to a 1.2 demo rating and 4.05 million viewers, but “The Good Place” tacked on two tenths to a 1.4 and 4.43 million viewers. “Chicago Med” was up a couple ticks to a 1.6 in the demo and 7.42 million viewers. “The Blacklist” was also slightly up, to a 1.3 and 6.15 million viewers on the whole. NBC’s Atlanta and Tampa affiliates were airing Thursday’s Atlanta Falcons-Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL game, which may mean an adjustment once those markets are excluded in Nielsen’s final numbers this afternoon.

ABC’s Thursday night lineup continued to slog along without “Scandal.” Stalwart “Grey’s Anatomy” came in with a still-impressive 2.1 in the demo and 7.52 million viewers. (“Grey’s,” incidentally, also gathered the biggest 18-34 rating of the night, with a 1.7 in that demo.) “Notorious” has leveled off to a 0.8 in the demo and 3.62 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” dropped a tenth from last week’s prelims to a 1.1 and 4.04 million viewers.

On Fox, “Rosewood” came in with a 0.8 demo and 3.37 million viewers. “Pitch,” perhaps responding to baseball fever enveloping the country, ticked up a tenth from last week to a 0.9 in the demo (beating slot competition “Notorious”) and 2.77 million viewers.

On The CW, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” brought in its now-usual 0.6 and 1.74 million viewers. “Supernatural” drew a slightly up 0.7 and 1.84 million viewers.

As a reminder, most of these shows will see ratings increases of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is tallied. However, most of those increases won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make to advertisers.

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