Ratings: Murphy Brown Has OK Start, Grey's Steady With Season 15 Opener

'Murphy Brown' Revival -- Season 11, Episode 1

Murphy Brown made no especially newsy headlines with her TV return on Thursday night.

The CBS revival drew 7.4 million total viewers and a 1.1 rating, giving the CBS time slot its biggest audience since Jan. 4 (and outdrawing any scripted program in the half-hour) while matching Life in Pieces‘ Season 3 demo average.

TVLine readers gave Murphy an average grade of “B,” with 81 percent planning to keep watching.

Elsewhere on the Eye network: The Big Bang Theory (11.7 mil/2.1) slipped from Monday’s special premiere to deliver what looks like its smallest audience ever, while landing just a tenth above its all-time demo low. Young Sheldon (10.1 mil/1.6) dipped just a bit from Monday. Mom (8 mil/1.3) matched its season finale but was down from its previous average (8.8 mil/1.5). And SWAT (5 mil/0.7) tied and hit series lows.


ABC | Grey’s Anatomy‘s first hour (7.1 mil/1.9, reader grade “B”) was on par with its Season 14 average, while the second hour dipped to 6.5 mil and a 1.8. How to Get Away With Murder (3 mil/0.8, reader grade “A-“) hit and tied series lows.

FOX | Thursday Night Football‘s premiere on Fox drew 10.1 mil and a 3.3 in fast nationals, up 9 and 43 percent from the year-ago game on CBS.

NBC | The Good Place‘s double-episode opener did 3.3 mil/1.0 and then 2.9 mil/0.9, both down from its Season 2 average (3.2 mil/1.1); readers gave the comedy an average grade of “A-.” The relocated SVU‘s two-hour premiere did 4.7 mil/1.0 (hitting and tying series lows) and then 5.5 mil/1.2 (down a tick from Season 19’s 6 mil/1.3 average); reader grade “B+.”

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