TV Ratings: 'Station 19' Hits Series High, NBC Comedies Struggle

A crossover with 'Grey's Anatomy' helps the second-year show earn its best-ever numbers in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.
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Jaina Lee Ortiz and Boris Kodjoe in 'Station 19'

A crossover with Grey's Anatomy on Thursday carried Station 19 to its best ratings ever.

The second-year Grey's spinoff delivered a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, up 0.2 over its premiere a week ago, and 6.5 million viewers, an 11 percent improvement over its previous high (5.86 million). It also retained its lead-in's audience better than it ever had.

Grey's (1.5 in the demo) and How to Get Away with Murder (0.8) were on par with their week-ago numbers.

NBC's comedy block struggled Thursday, with all four shows coming in under 1.0. Superstore, The Good Place and Will & Grace all drew 0.8s, and I Feel Bad came in at 0.6. Law & Order: SVU was the best of NBC's lineup at 0.9, which at least managed to top the 10 p.m. hour in the demo.

At CBS, Mom (1.4) and SWAT (0.8) each ticked up week to week, while The Big Bang Theory (the night's top non-sports show at 2.2), Young Sheldon (1.8) and Murphy Brown (1.0) all matched their numbers from last week. Supernatural opened its 15th season with a 0.5 on The CW, down from 0.7 for last season's premiere but even with its finale.

Fox's Thursday Night Football is up about 12 percent in viewers and 10 percent in adults 18-49 in the fast nationals, though those aren't the most accurate gauge of live broadcasts. 

Fox easily led the network race with a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49, pending updates. CBS' 1.3 edged ABC's 1.2 for second. NBC averaged 0.8 and The CW 0.3.