While not every network had much in the way of new programming on Thursday night, there are a few interesting things to report on from the various places that did. Specifically, we should begin by noting the success of “The Good Place” in terms of holding pretty steady for the final episodes of season 1.
These episodes averaged in total a 1.1 over the course of an hour in the 18-49 demographic; while this was not some substantial increase, at the same exact time we don’t think that there was any huge expectation that they were going to go out and deliver some sort of knockout-punch in the ratings. Given all of the various distractions this week, staying strong is great, and that may be enough to help the show get a second season. Also, we did see the highest total-viewer count for the show since October.
As for some other shows…
NBC – “Chicago Med” (1.2) and “The Blacklist” (1.0) stayed reasonably steady versus their most-recent outings on the air. There’s still a cause for concern when it comes to whether or not the latter series will be renewed, but that’s an issue for a different day.
CBS – As everyone in the known world would have predicted, “The Big Bang Theory” was the big winner of the night with a 3.3 rating. This was down versus its last outing two weeks ago, but its presence on the schedule helped “The Great Indoors” (1.7), “Mom” (1.7), and “Life in Pieces” (1.5) all post some big improvements. “Mom” may have also been helped specifically by a guest appearance from Anna Faris’ real-life husband Chris Pratt.
“Pure Genius,” meanwhile, slipped to a 0.8 rating.
Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.3) continues to be shockingly strong in the numbers, while “My Kitchen Rules” (0.9) is at least serviceable. These two shows are actually delivering a stronger Thursday lineup than the network was receiving with either “Rosewood” or “Pitch,” which is probably depressing to some people out there who prefer the scripted lineup. They’re also both probably cheaper to make.
What did you watch Thursday night? Share in the comments, and head over here if you didn’t get a chance to read all of our reactions to the big twist at the end of “The Good Place” last night. (Photo: NBC.)