Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Fall Finale Beats Lame ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game on Fox

Jags-Titans still tops primetime among young adults — but possibly not in total viewers

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So much for all of those great “Thursday Night Football” games. A bad matchup and a lame game last night on Fox allowed CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” to top all of its broadcast competition at 8 p.m., and the so-called Tiffany Network could theoretically end up winning primetime averages in terms of total viewers.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national ratings for Fox are subject to significant adjustment. We won’t have final Nielsen numbers until a little bit later on Friday.

For now, Fox was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was all Jaguars-Titans.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and first in viewers with 8 million. “The Big Bang Theory” earned a 2.1/9 and 12.3 million viewers. “Young Sheldon” at 8:30 posted a 1.6/7 and 10.9 million viewers with its own fall finale. At 9, “Mom” had a 1.2/5 and 8 million viewers. “Murphy Brown” at 9:30 got a 0.8/3 and 6 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 received a 0.7/3 and 5.3 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 42 million. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 8 had a 1.2/5 and 5.5 million viewers. The holiday-season premiere of the “Great American Baking Show” at 9 got a 0.7/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.6 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 0.9/4 and 3.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Good Place” fall finale got a 0.8/3 and 2.6 million viewers. The “Will & Grace” fall finale at 9 received a 0.7/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9:30, “I Feel Bad” managed a 0.4/2 and 1.8 million viewers. A rerun followed.

The CW and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Univision was sixth with 1.2 million.

For The CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” at 9 got a 0.4/2 and 1.2 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million.