Thursday TV Ratings 9/27/18: Murphy Brown Disappoints, SWAT Hits New Low In Return

It was certainly an "interesting" premiere Thursday, but that's not necessarily a good thing for fans of any Thursday show. Because pretty much everything returned to a disappointing level. Whether it was the Murphy Brown revival, The Good Place, or Grey's Anatomy, pretty much everything rated near the low-end of people's expectations. NBC's night was probably the least bad, but The Good Place is certainly in a less good ratings place than it was a year ago. With a 0.9-ish average for its premiere hour (with a 1.0 in in the 8:00 slot), it's a hefty decline from last year's premiere (1.4), and it marks a new low. Law & Order: SVU didn't return much better, but at least it showed growth over its two hours and was reasonably close to its finale rating. Still, its performance leaves something to be desired. Over on CBS, the night was a very disappointing one. The Big Bang Theory dipped a further four tenths from its already-low (for it) premiere, while Young Sheldon was down one tenth. Mom had a tepid premiere at 1.3, which ties last season's low. But it was the rest of the night that truly was disappointing. Murphy Brown's revival got off to an awful start. After heavy network hype, the series could only muster a 1.1, below what Life In Pieces did in this slot last year. Behind it, SWAT collapsed to 0.7, with a 0.6 in its second half. Over on ABC, Grey's Anatomy hit a new premiere low and was down from its finale, while How to Get Away With Murder hit an abysmal 0.8, with potential to go down further in the finals to 0.7.

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThursday Night Football3.3/1410.08Fox

The Big Bang Theory2.1/1011.74CBS

Grey's Anatomy (P)1.8/86.79ABC

The Good Place (P)0.9/43.12NBC

Supernatural (R)0.2/10.78The CW
8:30 PMYoung Sheldon1.6/710.08CBS
9 PMMom (P)1.3/57.99CBS

Law & Order: SVU (P)1.1/55.08NBC

The Originals (R)0.1/10.50The CW
9:30 PMMurphy Brown (Revival Premiere)1.1/47.42CBS
10 PMHow To Get Away With Murder (P)0.8/42.99ABC

SWAT (P) [10:05]0.7/44.98CBS

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