TV Ratings: Fox Football Dominates, Supernatural Gives CW a 1-Year High

Ratings Thursday Night NFL

In the latest TV ratings, Fox’s first Thursday Night Football matchup of the season delivered 11.6 million total viewers (per finals), dominating the night in that measure. With NFL Network coverage folded in, the audience reaches 14.7 million.

Over on The CW, Supernatural returned to 1.13 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, marking the time slot’s biggest audience since Nov. 19 and its best demo number since Supernatural‘s year-ago season opener; TVLine readers gave the episode an average grade of “A.” The Outpost’s Season 3 opener (461K/0.1) was on par with its sophomore run.


CBS | Opposite football, Big Brother (4 mil/1.2) slipped two tenths from last week’s two-hour, triple eviction. Star Trek: Discovery (1.8 mil/0.2) dipped a tenth in the demo.

ABC | Celebrity Family Feud (4.8 mil/0.7) and Press Your Luck (3.1 mil/0.5) and Match Game (2.4 mil/0.4) each dipped a tenth in the demo.

NBC | Connecting connected with 1.7 mil while scoring a 0.3 rating (and a TVLine reader grade of “C”); leading out of that, the A Closer Look special did 1.4 mil/0.2.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!

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