TV Ratings: Shuffled Around by Biden Address, Thursday Shows Slip

Ratings Greys Anatomy Station 19

With President Biden’s primetime address about the COVID vaccine plan forcing some schedule-shuffling, almost every regularly scheduled network program was understandably down this Thursday night.

Biden’s address amassed nearly 19 million viewers across its primetime coverage on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

Now, in adjusted Nielsen finals:

The returns of ABC’s Station 19 (5.4 mil/0.9, TVLine reader grade of “B+”; read recap)) and Grey’s Anatomy (5.1 mil/0.9, reader grade “B-“; read post mortems) led Thursday’s regular programming in the demo.  A Million Little things closed out ABC’s night with 2.9 mil/0.4 (reader grade “A-“; read post mortem).

CBS’ Young Sheldon (6.5 mil/0.7) was down but drew the largest audience of regularly scheduled fare. Leading out of that, B Positive (5 mil/0.6) and Mom (4.7 mil/0.5) both dipped in the demo, while Clarice (3 mil/0.4) was steady. (The Unicorn returns March 18 with a double-header.)

Over on The CW, Walker (1.3 mil/0.2, read post mortem) was steady in the demo while slipping to its smallest audience yet. Legacies (485K/0.1, read recap) dipped in viewers while steady in the demo.

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Elsewhere, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.4 mil/0.6) and Call Me Kat (1.8 mil/0.4) were down, while Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) was steady…. NBC’s Superstore slipped to 1.9 mil/0.3.

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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