8:29am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'Will & Grace' Returns Below 2017-18 Average
The good news for Will & Grace: The NBC sitcom began the second season of its second life slightly ahead of its finale in April.
The bad news: That still puts it behind its 2017-18 average and way below the numbers for its premiere in fall 2017. Will & Grace drew a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, up a tick from the finale but half a point below its same-day average last season. Its first episode back in 2017 scored a 3.0, but given where it ended no one expected the show to shoot back up.
Superstore opened with a 0.9 on NBC, down 36 percent from last season's premiere and 10 percent below its season average. It too was up slightly from its finale. The Good Place matched last week's preliminary 0.9 (it adjusted up in the finals). I Feel Bad debuted at its regular time with a 0.7, on par with NBC's 9:30 p.m. average last season. Law & Order: SVU (1.0) slipped a tenth week to week.
CBS' Murphy Brown was fairly steady at 1.0 and 7.17 million viewers vs. 1.1 and 7.5 million last week. Young Sheldon improved 0.2 to 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, while The Big Bang Theory (2.2), Mom (1.3) and SWAT (0.7) were all steady.
Season two of Station 19 opened with a 1.1, on par with its premiere in March and a little ahead of its average last season. Grey's Anatomy (1.6) fell 16 percent from its premiere last week. How to Get Away with Murder held at 0.8.
Thursday Night Football wasn't quite as strong in its second week on Fox, though it still led primetime pretty easily. The Patriots-Colts game delivered a 9.9 household rating in metered markets, down from last week's 10.7 and from 11.1 for the same night in 2017.
Fox's 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 easily led primetime, and should rise in the finals with adjustments for its live NFL broadcast. CBS (1.3) narrowly beat ABC (1.2) for second place. NBC averaged 0.9 and The CW 0.1 with a pair of reruns.