TV Ratings: ABC Takes Thursday Demo Win With Ellen Pompeo-Directed ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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ABC narrowly took Thursday honors in adults 18-49 thanks to a boost from a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that was heavily promoted as the directorial debut of series star Ellen Pompeo.

CBS won the night in total viewers, however, with a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” The season premiere of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” was down from last season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” led off with a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers, up in the demo compared to last week. “Scandal” followed with a 1.6 and 6 million viewers, up in both measures from last week. At 10 p.m., ABC’s fortunes sank with “The Catch” (0.8, 3.5 million).

“Big Bang Theory” (2.5, 12.6 million) was once again a tentpole for CBS. “The Great Indoors” (1.4, 7.2 million), “Mom” (1.3, 7.1 million) and “Life in Pieces” (1.1, 6 million) were on par with recent deliveries. The season premiere of “The Amazing Race” clocked in with a 0.9 and 4.4 million viewers, down in both measures from last season’s premiere.


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On NBC, a repeat of “Superstore” led into a new episode of “Powerless.” The DC Comics-inspired comedy, airing its first new episode in three weeks, struggled to draw a crowd with a 0.6 and 2 million viewers. At 9 p.m. “Chicago Med” (0.9, 5.9 million) was down from its last new episode two weeks ago. “Blacklist: Redemption” closed out the night slightly up in the key demo from last week with a 0.8 and roughly steady in total viewers with 4.1 million.

For Fox, “Master Chef Junior” averaged a 1.0 and 3.5 million viewers. “Kicking and Screaming” managed a 0.6 rating and 1.8 million viewers.

And at CW, “Supernatural” drew a 0.6 and 1.7 million viewers, up from its last original episode on March 9. “Riverdale” followed with a 0.4 and 977,000 viewers.

For the night, ABC led in adults 18-49 (1.5 rating/6 share) by a hair over CBS (1.4/5). CBS had a comfortable lead in total viewers (6.9 million to ABC’s 5.8 million).

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  1. Susan says:

    Overall, these shows have such low ratings, and it’s not because of competition from the internet. It’s because the casts of these shows look nothing like America.

    We don’t live in a white/black world. Where are the Latinos, the Asians, the Indians…in other words, where is America? Hollywood is out of touch with America. It’s even out of touch with Los Angeles and California. It’s a fake world unto itself.

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