Thursday TV Ratings 4/30/20: Parks & Rec Special Strong, Council of Dads Premiere Embarrassing, Moving Millionaire and Young Sheldon Finale Rise (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: In a stunning turn of events, NBC's 'Parks & Recreation' reunion special (1.4) demolished the competition and was the top program of the night. This number would have been a high-end result for its 6th OR 7th season, with the 6th averaging a 1.16 A18-49 rating & the 7th a 1.33. It also tied the second-half of its series finale all the way back in 2015. The broadcast led out of a Paley Salute of itself (1.0), the latter was still strong enough to beat out all NBC comedy ratings from the 2019-20 television season. Unfortunately, that lead-in juice was wasted on a 'Council of Dads' repeat (0.4) at 9 and an original 'Council' (0.3) at 10. The drama fell four-tenths from an already feeble opener. 

The added comedy competition didn't seem to phase the season three finale of 'Young Sheldon' (1.1). The CBS sitcom ticked up from its last episode but still trailed its year-ago closer (2.1). The 'Big Bang' spinoff led into a full hour of 'Man with a Plan' (0.7/0.7) & steady showings of 'Broke' (0.6) and 'Tommy' (0.5). ABC rescued 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' by taking it out of the dreadful 10pm slot and placing it on Thursdays at 8. Their efforts paid off as the 0.8 rating it posted was three-tenths above its last episode and above all its showings aside from the 'Modern Family'-boosted debut (1.1). It led into 'Station 19' (0.9) which shed three-tenths and tied its season low. The alphabet network capped off the night with an even 'How To Get Away with Murder' (0.6). 'Last Man Standing' (0.7) quietly closed out its eighth season on Fox. While steady on a week-to-week basis, it was two-tenths below its season seven finale (0.9). The CW had stable 'Katy Keene' (0.1) and 'In the Dark' (0.1).

Finals Update: All shows held their preliminary ratings.
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
8 PMYoung Sheldon (F)1.1/710.14CBS

Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation1.0/63.25NBC

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?0.8/56.21ABC

Last Man Standing (F)0.7/44.25Fox

Katy Keene0.1/10.40The CW
8:30 PMParks and Recreation1.4/83.64NBC

Man With a Plan0.7/46.59CBS

Last Man Standing (R)0.5/32.74Fox
9 PMStation 190.9/55.58ABC

Man With a Plan0.7/46.07CBS

Council of Dads (R)
Mental Samurai (R)

In the Dark0.1/00.39The CW
9:30 PMBroke0.6/35.07CBS
10 PMHow To Get Away With Murder0.6/42.77ABC


Council of Dads0.3/22.01NBC
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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