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TV Ratings: ‘Will & Grace’ Returns as Thursday’s Top Scripted Show

The return of “Will & Grace” proved to be incredibly popular on Thursday night, according to Nielsen overnight data.

The revival of the classic sitcom scored a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched and highest-rated non-sports broadcast of the night. That also makes it one of the top premieres of the season thus far, behind only the Season 2 premiere of “This Is Us” (3.9, 12.9 million), the Season 11 premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” (4.1, 17.7 million) and the series premiere of “Young Sheldon” (3.8, 17.2 million).

Earlier on NBC, the Season 3 premiere of “Superstore” averaged a 1.2 and 4.6 million, down significantly in both measures from the Season 2 premiere, though Season 2 opened with a special episode tied in with the Rio Olympics. A new episode of “The Good Place (1.3, 4.6 million) was down slightly in total viewers. The Season 2 premiere of “Great News” drew a 1.3 and 5.1 million, up approximately 10 percent in the demo compared to the Season 1 premiere for a new series high in that measure. The Season 6 debut of “Chicago Fire” drew a 1.5 and 7.2 million viewers, down just under 20 percent in the demo from the Season 5 premiere but approximately even in total viewers.

On CBS,  “NFL Thursday Night Kickoff” drew a 2.3 and 9.3 million viewers, while the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears is currently averaging a 3.2 and 10.7 million viewers. However, the game ran late due to a weather delay, so those numbers will likely adjust more than usual later today. Thursday night’s game was also streamed on Amazon and the NFL Network.

On ABC, the two-hour Season 14 premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” drew a 2.3 and 7.9 million viewers, down less than 10 percent in both measures from the Season 13 premiere. The Season 4 premiere of “How to Get Away with Murder” averaged a 1.1  and 4 million viewers, down just over 10 percent in both measures from the Season 3 premiere.

For Fox, “Gotham” (0.8, 2.8 million) was down in both measures from last week. A new episode of “The Orville” (1.1, 3.7 million) was even with last week’s episode.

On The CW, the season finale of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.4, 1.7 million) doubled its demo number from last week and nearly doubled its total viewers as well. A new episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.2, 1.1 million) was down significantly in the demo but only slightly in total viewers.

CBS won the night, currently holding a 3.0 and 10.5 million viewers. ABC was second with a 1.9 and 6.6 million viewers. NBC was third with a 1.6 and 6.5 million. Fox was fourth with a 1.0 and 3.3 million. The CW averaged a 0.3 and 1.4 million viewers.

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