While there was a lot of good news across the board for the Monday – Wednesday primetime lineups this week, Thursday night’s ratings more or less should be thought of as a lead balloon. We’ve seen the ratings, and for the most part they are a pretty colossal disappointment.
First, let’s at least report on something positive.
The good news – The season 13 premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” won the night with a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Sure, this is down versus season 12, but at the same time you gotta take your victories where you can where every other returning show was down more than 20% from the previous season.
The bad news – Boy, where do you start? Probably the biggest catastrophe was “Rosewood,” which dropped more than 65% from last year’s premiere to a 0.7 rating. That’s the sort of rating that makes you wonder if it will even survive the fall. “Pitch,” despite getting some good social-media traffic, only drew a 1.1 rating after it. This further cements that aside from Wednesday, Fox is in the midst of a terrible fall already.
Elsewhere, “Notorious” on ABC disappointed with just a 1.2 rating, but at the same time we blame ABC in part for that. Remember here that this show didn’t get a fancy emoji next to it on Twitter like “Grey’s Anatomy” or “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.4); it wasn’t even given #TGIT branding. We suppose that the network did promote the show, but we never got the sense they had love for it in the way they have other Thursday shows over time.
Finally, “Superstore” (1.4) and “The Good Place” (1.3) fell sharply for their first airings in their regular timeslot on NBC, while “Chicago Med” (1.4) and “The Blacklist” (1.3) also were down significantly versus their premieres last year.
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