Ratings: NFL Rebounds on Fox After Last Week’s Blowout, CBS’ ‘Big Bang’ Universe Bests the Rest

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The NFL had a comeback on Fox this week, after a particularly bad blowout during its last “Thursday Night Football” showdown. A matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers posted primetime’s best Nielsen numbers for the evening, taking Fox to the top of the leader board in both the key adults 18-49 range and total viewers.

First runner-up was CBS, which has its comedy powerhouse of “The Big Bang Theory” and prequel series “Young Sheldon” to thank for its second place trophy. Over on NBC, “Superstore” saw its most-watched episode since March, and ABC’s new TGIT staple “Station 19” rose in both the demo and viewers.

Due to the nature of live sports, the Fox stats in this story should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

Fox was first in ratings with a 3.3 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was all the Steelers’ beatdown of the Panthers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 share and in viewers with 8 million. At 8 p.m., “The Big Bang Theory,” scored a 2.3/10 and 12.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon,” posted a 1.8/7 and 11 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 took a 1.2/5 and 8.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “Murphy Brown” managed a 0.8/3 and 6.1 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 settled for a 0.7/3 and 5.1 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 4.9 million. At 8, “Grey’s Anatomy” landed a 1.6/7 and 6.6 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” ticked up from last week to a 1.0/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 10, “How to Get Away with Murder” received a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. At 8, “Superstore” rose a 0.9/4 and 3.3 million viewers. “The Good Place” at 8:30 earned a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers. From 9-10, “The Voice: Road to Live Shows” special got a 0.7/3 and 3.8 million viewers. At 10, “Law & Order: SVU” took a 0.9/4 and 4.4 million viewers.

Telemundo and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in viewers with 1.4 million, and Telemundo was seventh in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and sixth in viewers with 1.3 million. “Supernatural” at 8 managed a 0.3/1 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” settled for a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

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