Thursday TV Ratings 3/5/20: Grey’s Anatomy Gets a Bump for Major Episode, Young Sheldon Fractional, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Will & Grace Rise

Last night was a big night for Grey's Anatomy, which bid adieu to original cast member Justin Chambers' character Alex Karev after sixteen seasons. The episode was promoted more than usual and say a significant boost in interest, up two tenths over the previous episode. That wasn't enough to help out lead-out A Million Little Things, which held onto its series low despite that higher lead-in. It also didn't help lead-in Station 19 hold onto its 1.1 from last week's crossover. All three shows remained the leaders in their timeslots this week, with AMLT claiming sole possession of #1 at 10 PM.

CBS sitcoms returned from a week off, mostly steady. The one notable exception was Young Sheldon. Previously the only currently-running broadcast comedy to never dip below 1.0, the show did just that this week. It previously went fractional in preliminary ratings in October before adjusting up to 1.0. At 10, Tommy held onto last week's bounce with its second-straight 0.5

NBC lost its lead-out comedy Superstore and its 10 o'clock drama Law & Order SVU this week, putting them on repeats necessary to stretch their seasons out, but they still saw upticks for two thirds of their original lineup. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the exiting Will & Grace both recovered a bit from last week's lows, with Nine-Nine now tying The Unicorn to become the #1 comedy in its slot. At 9:30, Indebted dropped to its previous ugly low of 0.3, going from 100% retention to 60% in just a week.

On Fox, leading comedy Last Man Standing took another tumble to 0.6, continuing what has been a middling season for the show in the ratings department. Outmatched stayed steady at an okay 0.5, while Deputy dropped behind it to a 0.5, dropping to 0.4 in one half-hour. On a network as packed as Fox, these numbers aren't great, but these ratings aren't that much different than the rest of the shows on the network.

The CW continued to air their Katy Keene/Legacies (R) lineup to no success whatsoever.

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMStation 191.0/66.09ABC

Young Sheldon0.9/58.47CBS

Last Man Standing0.6/43.53Fox

Superstore (R)0.5/32.06NBC

Katy Keene0.1/10.52The CW
8:30 PMThe Unicorn0.6/45.57CBS

Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.6/31.86NBC

9 PMGrey's Anatomy1.3/76.31ABC


Will & Grace0.5/32.09NBC


Legacies (R)0.1/00.31The CW
9:30 PMCarol's Second Act0.6/34.68CBS

10 PMA Million Little Things0.6/43.74ABC


Law & Order: SVU (R)0.4/32.26NBC

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