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TV Ratings: ‘The Orville’ Hits Highest Ratings Since Week 2

Fox sci-fi series “The Orville” is currently up in both measures in the Thursday overnight ratings, drawing its best numbers since its second episode.

According to Nielsen data, “The Orville” averaged a 1.2 rating on adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers, up by over 20 percent in both measures compared to its last original episode two weeks ago. That is also the third-highest night on record for the freshman series, with the next highest being Episode 2, which drew a 2.2 and 6.6 million viewers. It should be noted however that the overnight numbers are subject to adjustment later today.

Earlier on Fox, “Gotham” (0.9, 2.8 million) was even.

For CBS, “Thursday Night Football” is currently averaging a 2.2 and 8.1 million viewers, though due to the nature of live sports, those numbers will likely see greater than normal adjustment later today. It also drew an 8.4 rating in the metered market household ratings, a low for “Thursday Night Football” this season. This was not unexpected, as the game was a blowout with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-0.

On ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.8, 7.6 million) returned down slightly in the demo compared to its last original episode two weeks ago, but was still tied for being the top-rated show of the night and was the most-watched show of the night as well. Both “Scandal” (1.1, 4.9 million) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (0.9, 3.6 million) were even.

For NBC, “Superstore” (1.2, 4.6 million), “The Good Place” (1.1, 4 million), and “Will & Grace” (1.8, 6.6 million) were even. “Great News” (1.0, 4 million) was up in the demo, and “Chicago Fire” (1.2, 6.5 million) was even.

On The CW, “Supernatural” (0.6, 1.9 million) dipped in the demo, while “Arrow” (0.5, 1.4 million) was even.

CBS won the night, currently averaging a 2.1 and 7.9 million viewers. ABC was second in the demo with a 1.3 but finished just behind NBC for the second place total viewers spot. NBC averaged 5.38 million viewers while ABC averaged 5.378 million. NBC was third in the demo with a 1.3. Fox was fourth overall with a 1.0 and 3.5 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.5 and 1.6 million viewers.

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