President Donald Trump is again attacking Debra Messing, calling the liberal activist and Will & Grace star a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom.
Airing at 9 p.m. on NBC, Will & Grace drew a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers. That is a drop of approximately 21% in the demo and 15% in total viewers compared to last week. This was also the second week in a row that the show has seen a significant drop in both measures, having returned from its winter break last week down over 20% in the demo and 30% in total viewers compared to the last original episode in December.
Airing at 9 p.m. on NBC, Will and Grace averaged a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers, up approximately 13% in the key and 24%in total viewers compared to its last original episode in early November. It also tied with The Voice as the top-rated show of the night.
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The return of Will & Grace proved to be incredibly popular on Thursday night. The revival of the classic sitcom scored a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers, making it the most-watched and highest-rated non-sports broadcast of the night. That also makes it one of the top premieres of the season thus far, behind only the Season 2 premiere of This Is Us (3.9, 12.9 million), the Season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory (4.1, 17.7 million) and the series premiere of Young Sheldon (3.8, 17.2 million).
In addition to the 13-episode renewal, NBC has also ordered four more episodes for season one.
NBC said Wednesday that 10 new episodes are set to air during the 2017-18 season. The series will feature original stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are aboard as executive producers, and series director James Burrows also will be back, NBC said.
The Will & Grace election-themed reunion mini-episode made waves with its surprising reveal last month, triggering talk of a possible real reunion. While nothing is set, I hear conversations have been ongoing about a new season of the Emmy-winning comedy series, which aired from 1998-2006 on NBC.