Ratings: ABC Drops to 3rd Place on Thursday Without ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

It may be the “Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” — but these aren’t great Nielsen numbers

ABC aired “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in place of “Grey’s Anatomy” last night. Not a great idea.

The Disney-owned broadcaster network slipped from second place last week to third on Thursday without its hit medical drama kicking off primetime. Not that new runner-up NBC is complaining.

CBS won the evening outright with a competitive (but down) “Thursday Night Football” game. Due to the nature of live sports, however, the fast national Nielsen numbers for the so-called “Tiffany Network” are subject to significant adjustment.

CBS was first in ratings with a 2.7 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. The kickoff show and tight Chiefs-Raiders NFL game ran through (and beyond) primetime.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 5.2 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Good Place” got a 1.1/4 and 3.9 million viewers. “Will & Grace” at 9 earned a 1.7/6 and 6.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Great News” managed a 0.8/3 and 3.8 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 received a 1.1/4 and 6.3 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 4.5 million. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 8 landed a 1.3/5 and 5.4 million viewers. At 9, “Scandal” had a 1.1/4 and 4.7 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 got a 0.9/3 and 3.6 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million. “Gotham” at 8 received a 0.8/3 and 2.7 million viewers. A rerun followed.

The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. The CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.72 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.67 million.

For The CW, “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.6/2 and 1.9 million viewers. At 9, “Arrow” got a 0.6/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.