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Thursday was a night of extremes in the Nielsen ratings: NBC’s Will & Grace suffered a series low in adults 18-49, while Fox’s Thursday Night Football recorded its best overnight rating to date.
With a soft lead-in from the special Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit (0.5 in the 18-49 demo), Will & Grace managed just a 0.6, down 0.1 from its last episode to a new series low. I Feel Bad (0.4) and Law & Order: SVU (0.7) also hit season and series lows.
Thursday Night Football scored its highest overnight rating ever (the franchise began in 2014) for the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the New Orleans Saints. The game’s 14.6 household rating in metered markets grew by 36 percent over the same week a year ago.
Following reruns of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, CBS’ Mom had a season-low 1.1, but Murphy Brown (0.8) and SWAT (0.7) were in line with recent weeks. The CW’s Supernatural (0.4) and Legacies (0.3) were steady as well.
ABC aired a night of specials: Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (0.9), Toy Story That Time Forgot (0.8) and Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (0.7).
Fox’s 4.5 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates, topped the combined total of the other four networks. CBS finished second at 1.0; followed by ABC, 0.8; NBC, 0.6; and The CW, 0.4.
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