TV Ratings: Steady 'Grey's Anatomy' Second to Only the NFL on Thursday

The ABC drama is the No. 1 series of the night, as 'Will & Grace' continues to settle in.
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Thursday Night Football again has two ratings narratives this morning.

The Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Panthers, simulcast on CBS, the NFL Network and Amazon, dominated the night with a combined 9.7 overnight rating among metered market households. That's off five percent from the previous week's game — but a seven percent lift from the year before. Thus far, CBS' run of Thursday Night Football is faring pretty much in line with how it was doing at this point last season.

ABC led the night's non-sports telecasts. Grey's Anatomy earned a steady 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, besting all other series, before a slight dip for Scandal (1.2 adults) and a slightly improved How to Get Away With Murder (1.0 adults).

Will & Grace saw more live tune-in slips on Thursday. The NBC comedy, which faltered in week two but rebounded significantly with time-shifting, was at a 1.7 rating in the key demo. (The most recent episode grew from a 2.0 to a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 in live-plus-three day returns.) Superstore (1.1 adults) was steady, as were The Good Place (1.2 adults), Great News (1.0 adults) and Chicago Fire (1.1 adults).

On Fox, Gotham (0.8 adults) and The Orville (1.0 adults) were in line with their most recent weekly performances.

The CW continued its premiere week. Supernatural and Arrow both reentered the schedule, with the former leading with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and Arrow coming in with a 0.6 rating.

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