A crossover with Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday carried Station 19 to its best ratings ever. The second-year Grey’s spinoff delivered a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, up 0.2 over its premiere a week ago, and 6.5 million viewers, an 11% improvement over its previous high (5.86 million). It also retained its lead-in’s audience better than it ever had.
The Lakers’ 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, ESPN said Thursday. A spokesman says that is the most viewers for an NBA preseason game on any network since at least 1994, which is as far back as the records go.
Wednesday’s ratings were pretty steady week to week, with every show on the Big Four networks either even or a tenth of a point up or down. The CW’s premieres brought in mixed results. Empire and Survivor tied for the lead in the adults 18-49 demographic, both scoring 1.5 ratings. Both were also even with their numbers from a week ago.
The first week of the new TV season shows overall total day broadcast viewership among 18-49 viewers down 8% versus a year ago, when primetime viewership was 6% lower.
ABC aired only the AMAs on Tuesday, with the three hour show drawing a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. That is down 25% in the key demo and approximately 29% in total viewers compared to the 2017 broadcast, which drew a 2.4 rating and 9.2 million viewers. 2017 and 2016 had previously set the demo low for the awards show, with both of those broadcasts drawing a 2.4.
NBC’s Manifest continued its solid early-season run in Monday’s ratings, coming in as the night’s top-rated scripted show and helping NBC sweep all three hours of primetime in adults 18-49.
Gunslinging quarterbacks, wide-open offenses and fewer protests help viewership numbers.
ABC’s Sunday lineup had an inauspicious start in the ratings for Oct. 7. Dancing With the Stars Juniors premiered to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, off 0.2 from the average for the grown-up version of the competition over its first two weeks of the season. Shark Tank followed with a series-low 0.6 for its 10th season premiere, down by more than half from last season’s opener (1.3).
Jodie Whittaker’s first outing as the time and space-travelling lead in the BBC’s sci-fi hit show Doctor Who hasn’t just received rave reviews, but landed the best U.K. ratings for a season opener of the series in more than 10 years.