You can go home again.
NBC’s Will & Grace revival drew 10.2 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating (per finals), topping all Thursday entertainment programming in the demo and marking NBC’s best new or returning comedy premiere in six years (since 9/22/11, when The Office and Whitney did 3.9 and 3.3, respectively).
In total audience, W&G delivered NBC’s most-watched Thursday comedy telecast in 10 years (since My Name Is Earl drew 10.7 million on 2/1/07).
TVLine readers gave the Must-See TV staple’s Season 9 premiere an average grade of “B.”
Thursday Night Football was the night’s overall demo leader while drawing 14.6 million viewers across CBS and NFL Network — up 3 percent year over year.
Elsewhere on the night….
NBC | Superstore (4.6 mil/1.3, TVLine reader grade “B+”) drew its best regular time slot rating since Oct. 27, The Good Place (4.7 mil/1.4) actually ticked up its recent Wednesday return and Great News (5.2 mil/1.3, reader grade “B+”) returned to highs. Chicago Fire (7.2 mil/1.5, reader grade “A-“) improved on its finale (6.3 mil/1.3, on a Tuesday) and gave NBC its best non-sports rating in the time slot since October 2015.
ABC | Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour premiere averaged 8.1 million and a 2.3 (and a grade of “B+”), improving on its finale (7.9 mil/2.0) with its best numbers since early February. How to Get Away With Murder (4 mil/1.0, reader grade “B+”) was down from its finale (4.9 mil/1.4), hitting series lows with its return.
FOX | Gotham (2.9 mil/0.9) dipped to new series lows, while The Orville (3.7 mil/1.1) dropped a few eyeballs but was steady in the demo.
THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.7 mil/0.4) was flat, Whose Line (1 mil/0.2) dipped.