8:52am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: CBS' Final 'Thursday Night Football' of Season Hits Low
CBS aired its final Thursday night NFL match-up of the season, a shutout, dropping to a 2017 ratings low in the process.
The game, simulcast on CBS, the NFL Network and Amazon, averaged a 8.4 overnight rating among households, a low for this season's Thursday Night Football showings. It marked a 15 percent decline from the previous week — which is not much of a surprise, given the incredibly lopsided score. The Baltimore Ravens embarrassed the Miami Dolphins 40-0. There's no year-to-year comparison, as the 2016 week eight game aired just on the NFL Network. (Those games see typically the most modest ratings returns of each season, a fact we'll be reminded of after the Nov. 2 game.)
Next week's game airs on the NFL Network exclusively, before the rest of the year's Thursday games see NBC enter as the broadcast network partner. But this Thursday was still a win for CBS, which will emerge as TV's top performer of the night, though a soft way to end its string of NFL games this season.
No. 2 status of the night goes to ABC, which narrowly outperformed NBC in the key demo — thanks to the return of Grey's Anatomy. After a one-week break, the drama returned to the schedule with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. That was down from its last outing, but Scandal (1.1 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (0.9 adults) were unmoved just after.
Will & Grace led NBC's lineup, sharing Grey's Anatomy's 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Superstore (1.2 adults), The Good Place (1.1 adults) and Chicago Fire (1.2 adults) were all steady, while Great News saw significant improvement, rising to a 1.0 rating in the key demo.
Speaking of growth, The Orville was up to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 on Fox. The network just released live-plus-35 day ratings for The Orville premiere, by the way. And the episode has already fetched more than 14 million viewers and a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49. Thursday's Orville was an improvement from an even Gotham (0.9 adults) at 8 o'clock. On the CW, Supernatural (0.6 adults) and Arrow (0.5 adults) were both steady.