Thursday Ratings: NFL on Fox Wins; Modest Opening for CBS Sitcom ‘Ghosts’; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on ABC is Showing Its Age

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2021
Fast Affiliate Ratings

Total Viewers:
Fox: 8.15 million, CBS: 5.10, ABC: 3.59, NBC: 3.01, CW: 459,000

Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.1 rating/15 share, NBC: 0.5/ 4, ABC and CBS: 0.5/ 3 each, CW: 0.1/ 0

It was no contest, with the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Los Angeles Rams enough to beat the four competing networks combined in adults 18-49. See network averages above.

In series-premiere news, one hour of CBS comedy “Ghosts” had modest sampling with an average 5.34 million viewers (#2) and a 0.5 rating/4 share (#4) in adults 18-49 from 9-10 p.m. ET. While this was a slight total viewer increase over the season premiere of sophomore sitcom lead-in “United States of Al” (Viewers: #2, 4.74 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.5/ 3 at 8:30 p.m.), keep in mind that most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two.

Earlier in the evening on CBS was the season-opening installment of “Young Sheldon” (Viewers: #2, 6.89 million; A18-49: #2, 0.7/ 5 at 8 p.m.), which was on par with its year-ago opener. Airing out of the “Ghosts” double-pop was the season premiere of drama “Bull” at 4.13 million viewers (#2) and a 0.3/ 3 in the demo (#3t) at 10 p.m. At this point, this should clearly be the final season of “Bull.”

On ABC. veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” is showing its age, which does not benefit the sophomore season of relocated drama lead-out “Blue Sky.” Take a look at the alphabet net for the evening:

Thursday/ABC
8:00 p.m. “Station 19”
Viewers: 4.14 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 4 (#3)

9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
Viewers: 3.88 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 4 (#2t)

10:00 p.m. “Blue Sky”
Viewers: 2.74 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 2 (#4)

Elsewhere, granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC (Viewers: #4, 3.70 million; A18-49: #2t, 0.6/ 4 at 9 p.m.) was virtually identical to competing “Grey’s Anatomy.” But sophomore spin-off “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (Viewers: #3, 3.06 million; A18-49: #2, 0.5/ 4 at 10 p.m.) was a stronger option than ABC’s competing “Blue Sky” at 10 p.m. NBC opened the evening with an encore telecast of “SVU.”

On The CW, drama “Coroner” (Viewers: #5, 590,000; A18-49: #5, 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) led into the series finale of “The Outpost” (Viewers: #5, 329,000; A18-49: #5, 0.0/ 0 at 9 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research