Thursday TV Ratings, 10/12/17: Great News Holds With Lower W&G, Arrow Steady With Finale (UPDATED)

Finals update: Thursday Night Football (+1.5), Grey's Anatomy (+0.1), Gotham (+0.1), and Will & Grace (+0.1) adjusted up. Thursday Night Kickoff (-0.1) adjusted down.

18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMGrey's Anatomy2.1/87.95ABC

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff1.8/97.92CBS



Supernatural (P)0.7/32.10The CW
8:30 PMThursday Night Football: Eagles v. Panthers4.5/1810.49CBS

The Good Place1.2/53.98NBC
9 PMWill & Grace1.8/66.59NBC


The Orville1.0/43.38Fox

Arrow (P)0.6/21.57Fox
9:30 PMGreat News1.0/44.28NBC
10 PMChicago Fire1.1/46.01NBC

How To Get Away With Murder1.0/43.86ABC
Grey's Anatomy lost a tenth week-to-week, but is still proven to be one of the only shows that can regularly break a 2.0 in Live + Same Day. Scandal didn't have the best of days though, down to a 1.2 for the second episode of its final season. Time will tell whether or not it will eventually get a ratings boost due to it being the final season. At 10pm was How to Get Away with Murder, which is up a tenth from last week and down a tenth from last year when it had a fractional Notorious as a lead-in.

Football is widely known to vary in ratings by who is playing in the game, but it is still remarkable how it is down 40% from last week's game and almost as much from the year-ago game. An MLB playoff game may have hurt it, given the matchup was between a team who was (unsuccessfully) trying to make history by winning their first playoff series ever.

The CW
Supernatural got off to a solid start as always, and is The CW's #3 8pm show this week due to the Riverdale surprise. Arrow, meanwhile, tied its finale. It could have gone worse given it moved after staying in the same time slot for so long.

The Orville separated itself from Gotham this week; while they tied at a 0.9 last week, Gotham lost a tenth and Orville gained a tenth this week. This puts Gotham at the same raw ratings level of last season's Rosewood and The Orville above Pitch, making the night an overall improvement.

Not too much changed on NBC except Will & Grace fell again, this time from a 2.0 to a 1.7. Next week should be a solid indicator of if it has stabilized or not. Given the decrease, Great News holding onto a 1.0 is impressive and shows that it capitalizes on a comedy lead-in more so than it does on The Voice, making it look much stronger this season. Though it is the weakest of the comedies, it's certainly making a solid case for renewal. The Good Place had yet another excellent hold, growing out of its Superstore lead-in and evidently benefitting from new viewers who found the show over the hiatus.

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