Thursday TV Ratings 11/5/20: B Positive Holds Most of Declining Young Sheldon Lead-In, Superstore Drops for Milestone Episode, The Bachelorette Ties Season High, ABC Election Coverage Leads, NFL Rises (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: It was a rough premiere night on CBS as the fourth season of comedy 'Young Sheldon' (0.7) came in four-tenths below its 2019 debut (1.1) and two-tenths behind its previous series low (0.9). An Anna Faris-less 'Mom' (0.6) held up a bit better for its season eight return at 9pm, the Emmy-winning sitcom was two-tenths below last year's premiere but similarly hit a new low. Sandwiched between the two veterans was the series debut of new comedy 'B Positive' (0.6). For what it's worth, the sitcom only lost a tenth from its 'Sheldon' lead-in and managed to match its 'Mom' lead-out. While currently in good shape, the coming weeks will paint a more accurate picture of this show's strength. CBS ended the night with a 9:30pm 'Young Sheldon' repeat (0.4) and more election coverage (0.3). 

NBC's 'Superstore' (0.5) shed a tenth from last week's premiere and dropped down to a new low. It led into a repeat of itself (0.3) since new sitcom 'Connecting...' was pulled off the air. The peacock network closed things out with a third night of election coverage (0.4), down 50% from yesterday's (0.8) and nearly 80% from election night (1.7). ABC had a Thursday edition of 'The Bachelorette' (1.4) that outperformed every other episode it has aired this season. That lead-in was wasted on another round of election coverage (0.5). Fox's 'Packers v. 49ers' NFL game (2.4) topped the night but was a full point below last week's 'Thursday Night Football' game. 'Supernatural' (0.3) rose a tenth on the CW while 'The Outpost' (0.1) held steady.

Finals Update: 'NFL: Packers v. 49ers' (+1.4), 'The Bachelorette' (+0.2), 'Your Voice/Your Vote' (+0.1), and 'Decision 2020: Election Special' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNFL: Packers v. 49ers3.8/2113.17Fox

The Bachelorette1.6/85.61ABC

Young Sheldon (P)0.7/46.77CBS


Supernatural0.3/21.02The CW
8:30 PMB Positive (Series Premiere)0.6/35.14CBS

Superstore (R)0.3/21.23NBC
9 PMMom (P)

Decision 2020: Election Special0.5/32.41NBC

The Outpost0.1/00.44The CW
9:30 PMYoung Sheldon (R)0.4/23.19CBS
10 PMYour Voice/Your Vote: Election 20200.6/43.20ABC

CBS News 2020: America Decides0.3/22.18CBS
(P) = premiere 
(R) = repeat

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