Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Thursday Night NBC Network Ratings So Bad, Not Much Different than Daytime Soap Operas


Prime time ratings for Thursday night were a little shocking, especially for NBC.

Prime time TV ratings last night on all of NBC and some of ABC were equal to or not much better than the total numbers for daytime soap opera.

Indeed, NBC’s entire slate of new shows last night looked like a scorecard for daytime.

Between 8 and 10pm, NBC shows averaged just 3 million viewers. They were all first run, not repeat. By comparison, “The Young and the Restless” has 4 million viewers, “General Hospital” around 2.6 million. And those are shown during the day, when people are working.

The NBC slate includes “Will & Grace” and “The Good Place,” each of which garners lots of publicity. It’s not like the TV audience doesn’t know how to find them.

On ABC, “How to Get Away with Murder” came back, and was killed. The Shonda Rhimes mystery lured in only 3.2 million fans. ShondaLand’s two other ABC shows had better news, with “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spin off “Station 19” holding 6.5 million. But after that, only half that number wanted to see who got away with murder.

The good news was mostly on CBS, which won the night thanks to “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” (11 million) and solid showings by the “Murphy Brown” reboot and “Mom.”


Ratings info thanks to

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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