TV Ratings: 'Murphy Brown' Hits Low, 'Thursday Night Football' Ends Strong

The CBS comedy has its smallest adults 18-49 rating of the season.
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'Murphy Brown'

Murphy Brown hit a season low in adults 18-49 in ratings for Thursday, Dec. 13, while Thursday Night Football ended on a strong note. 

The CBS comedy posted a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, down a tenth of a point for its low mark of the season. Murphy Brown's total audience of 5.51 million viewers was its second smallest of the season. Lead-in Mom improved slightly in adults 18-49 to 1.2 but also dipped a little in viewers with 7.67 million. The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and SWAT were reruns.

Fox's final Thursday Night Football broadcast of the season went out on a high note, with a 12.4 household rating in metered markets. It's the second-best overnight rating of the season, trailing only the Nov. 29 game — which set an all-time high for the Thursday franchise — and way up over the 7.4 for the week 15 Thursday game a year ago.

For the season, Fox averaged a 10.3 in metered markets with TNF, a 7 percent improvement over the CBS-NBC Thursday games in 2017.

The CW's Supernatural (0.4) and Legacies (0.3) each came down a tenth week to week but are in line with their season averages.

Superstore hit a season-low 0.7 for NBC, while an earlier showing of I Feel Bad was steady at 0.4. A rerun of A Saturday Night Live Christmas took up the rest of the evening.

The Great American Baking Show drew a 0.6 for ABC, off a bit from its premiere last week, after a 0.7 for holiday special Disney Prep & Landing.

Fox easily led the night among adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating, pending updates for its live NFL broadcast. CBS took second with a 0.8, followed by ABC, 0.6; NBC, 0.5; and The CW, 0.4.