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TV Ratings: ‘MasterChef Junior’ Returns Solid, TGIT Continues to Reign

Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” has returned to remind us all that there is still joy in the world, and it comes from watching tiny cheflets make delicious-looking dishes for Gordon Ramsay. It also drew a very solid 1.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 4.21 million viewers for its Season 5 premiere Thursday night, an improvement on the slot for the network. “My Kitchen Rules” followed with a 0.9 in the demo and 2.54 million viewers.

ABC’s Shondaland lineup won the night as a whole, as is its wont. “Grey’s Anatomy” ticked down a bit from last week, but nevertheless stayed within its now-usual range with a 2.1 in the demo and 8.43 million viewers. “Scandal” also dipped slightly to a 1.6 in the demo and 6.24 million viewers, but “How to Get Away With Murder” stayed steady with a 1.3 and 4.92 million viewers.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” drew the biggest crowd in the demo and total viewers, as is its wont, with a 3.0 in the demo and 14.18 million viewers, down just a tick. “The Great Indoors” resumed its post-“Bang” slot with a 1.6 and 7.87 million viewers. “Mom” held onto that demo with a 1.6 and 7.71 million viewers. “Life in Pieces” held steady from last week with a 1.3 and 6.29 million viewers. “Training Day” sunk below its premiere with a 0.8 in the demo and just 4.42 million viewers.

On NBC, “Superstore” drew a 1.1 in the demo and 3.76 million viewers; “Powerless” dipped to a 0.9 and 2.8 million viewers in its second week. “Chicago Med” brought in a 1.2 and 6.04 million viewers. “The Blacklist” notched a 0.9 in the demo and 4.87 million viewers.

“Supernatural” led off on The CW with a 0.6 in the demo and 1.71 million viewers. “Riverdale” held steady with a 0.4 and 1.22 million viewers.

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

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