Thursday TV Ratings 5/21/20: Red Nose Day Low After Strong Celebrity Escape Room, Holey Moley and To Tell the Truth Return Well, Labor of Love Pathetic

ABC easily won Thursday night, trotting out two new game shows after the finales of their Thursday dramas last week. Millionaire actually kicked off the night with a drop, but the strength of the two premieres led to only a very small week-to-week decline overall. At 9, Holey Moley managed to impress in its premiere with a 0.8, holding onto all of its Millionaire lead-in. That's higher than all but two episodes of its first season and far higher than its late-season results. At 10, To Tell the Truth returned with a 0.7, down a tenth from its last season premiere, but ahead of every other rating from its 13-episode Sunday run.

NBC took second for the night with very mixed results for their two specials. Celebrity Escape Room, featuring host Jack Black and contestants Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Adam Scott and Ben Stiller,  had a strong showing for NBC, tying two ABC shows to lead the night with a 0.8.
Celebrity Escape Room is a part of NBC's annual Red Nose Day charity event, and it became the highest-rated special ever associated with Red Nose Day, even surpassing early American Ninja Warrior specials. The Red Nose Day special itself wasn't helped much by its bigger lead-in, basiclaly steady year-to-year with a 0.4. Its 0.5 in the first half is better than any of its half-hours last year, though.

CBS tied for second for the night after experiencing multiple drops. A Young Sheldon repeat kicked off the night down a tenth, which brought Man With a Plan down a tenth as well. The Mom repeat was steady at 9, while Broke was down to 0.5 at 9:30. A SWAT repeat closed out the night steady at 0.4.

Fox had a disastrous night, to put it mildly. Celebrity Watch Party came down a tenth at 8, matching last week's preliminary 0.3. At 9, Labor of Love had one of the lowest Big 4 debuts in history with a ghastly 0.2. It never had much of a chance with such an awful lead-in, but losing a tenth from it on premiere night ensures that we won't be seeing it for much longer. The ratings for this Fox lineup mirror the ratings for The CW's Tuesday lineup, which is never a compliment.

The CW. brought Burden of Truth back at 8, matching Katy Keene's finale with a 0.1 but actually hitting a 0.2 in the first half, which Katy Keene hasn't done in some time. In the Dark was steady at 9 with another 0.1.

Final numbers to come.


Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMWho Wants To Be a Millionaire0.8/55.98ABC

Celebrity Escape Room0.8/53.80NBC

Young Sheldon (R)0.6/45.64CBS

Celebrity Watch Party0.3/21.41Fox

Burden of Truth (P)0.1/10.62The CW
8:30 PMMan With a Plan0.6/45.35CBS
9 PMHoley Moley (P)0.8/54.44ABC

Mom (R)0.6/44.83CBS

The Red Nose Day Special0.4/21.94NBC

Labor of Love (Series Premiere)0.2/10.91Fox

In the Dark0.1/10.54The CW
9:30 PMBroke0.5/34.32CBS
10 PMTo Tell the Truth (P)0.7/43.77ABC

SWAT (R)0.4/23.18CBS

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