TV Ratings: 'Will & Grace' Evens Out, Thursday NFL Holds

Mirroring recent outings, CBS football is up from 2016 — but down week-to-week.
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Will & Grace, which continues to perform well in time-shifting, finally stemmed its live audience losses on Thursday night. The comedy pulled an even 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers on NBC.

That was the top entertainment telecast of the night, following even outings of Superstore and The Good Place. Both half-hours averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 — a number shared by 10 o'clock drama Chicago Fire. After Will & Grace, Great News ticked down two-tenths of a point to a 0.8 rating in the key demo.

CBS was the night's big winner with the NFL. In early returns, the Oakland-Kansas City game averaged a 9.9 overnight rating among households. Like the most recent games for Thursday Night Football, that score represented a modest week-to-week depletion (down 7 percent) and a slightly more modest year-to-year improvement (up 5 percent).

Both Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder were left to fend without their usually buoyant lead-in from Grey's Anatomy on ABC. The medical drama was absent for annual Halloween specials on Thursday night, prompting small dips for Scandal (1.1 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (0.9 adults).

Fox saw Gotham earn a 0.8 rating in the key demo before an encore of The Orville. Over on the CW, Supernatural and Arrow each shared a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49.