Thursday TV Ratings 1/21/21: Walker Has a Strong Premiere, Young Sheldon and Mom Rise for Returns, ABC Game Shows Slide (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Back in action after a month-long hiatus, CBS returned with comedies 'Young Sheldon' (0.8), 'B Positive' (0.6), and 'Mom' (0.6) all rising a tenth from where they last left off in December. 'The Unicorn' (0.4) and 'Star: Trek Discovery' (0.2) remained the weakest links in this lineup, neither able to make significant gains. Whether as a result of CBS coming back or not, ABC's 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (0.8) plunged to a new low, shedding an alarming four-tenths on a week-to-week basis. 'The Chase' (0.7) and 'The Hustler' (0.5) held on a bit better from there, down two-tenths and a tenth respectively. NBC had steady editions of 'Mr. Mayor' (0.5) and 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.6) but 'Superstore' (0.4) hit a new low in-between. A low-rated 'Dateline' (0.3) closed out the night for the peacock network. Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.7) matched last week's performance while 'Call Me Kat' (0.5) and 'Last Man Standing' (0.4) both inched down to series lows. The CW had a surprisingly competitive evening with the series debut of 'Walker' (0.4) rivaling original programming on the big 4 networks. The return of 'Legacies' (0.2) was a tenth below its fall 2019 opener at 9. 

Finals Update: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (+0.1), B Positive (+0.1), Law & Order: SVU (+0.1) and Call Me Kat (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMCelebrity Wheel of Fortune0.91/66.30ABC

Young Sheldon0.81/57.38CBS

Hell's Kitchen0.72/52.55Fox

Mr. Mayor0.51/33.18NBC

Walker (Series Premiere)0.37/22.44The CW
8:30 PMB Positive0.66/45.05CBS

9 PMThe Chase0.72/54.48ABC

Law & Order: SVU0.66/43.74NBC


Call Me Kat0.56/32.53Fox

Legacies (P)0.16/10.69The CW
9:30 PMLast Man Standing0.44/32.64Fox

The Unicorn0.41/33.55CBS
10 PMThe Hustler0.51/42.81ABC

Dateline NBC0.34/33.07NBC

Star Trek: Discovery0.19/21.75CBS
(P) = premiere

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