Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Murphy Brown” Ratings: Revival Easily Wins Time Slot, Beats “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC Line Up


“Murphy Brown” came back last night, and people watched.

Candace Bergen’s revival of her TV show garnered 7.4 million total viewers. The show beat “Grey’s Anatomy” numbers for the night as well as all of the NBC schedule.

The whole CBS lineup won the night, with “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” scoring 11 and 10 million viewers respectively. “Murphy” did similar numbers as “Mom,” the CBS show that preceded it. And that’s pretty good since “Murphy” hasn’t been on the air in over a decade and “Mom” is a current hit. “Greys” did better in the key demo while “Murphy” skewed older– but not so much.

Meanwhile, the 20th season premiere of “Law and Order SVU” brought in lower numbers than expected with about 5 million watching. Much worse was a show I (I’m sorry) don’t understand, “The Good Place,” with 3 million.

NFL Football on Fox was the most watched programming between 9 and 11pm, with an average of 10 million.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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