Ratings: ‘Will & Grace’ Return Tops All But Football

CBS led the way on Thursday with Packers-Bears telecast

Audiences were ready to welcome back “Will & Grace” on Thursday, as the revived NBC sitcom was the most-viewed scripted show of the night with 10.2 million viewers and a 3.0 rating/11 share among the target demographic.

CBS’ telecast of “Thursday Night Football” featuring a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears earned a 3.2 and 10.7 million viewers, although the game was hit with a weather delay, meaning these numbers are subject to be revised later.

CBS was first in ratings with a 3.0 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Thursday Night Football, which also aired live on the NFL Network, was seen by a total of 14.6 million television viewers on the two channels combined.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.9/7 and in viewers with 6.6 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 collected a 2.3/9 and 7.9 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” got away with a 1.1/4 and 4 million viewers at 10.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.6/6 and in viewers with 6.5 million. “Superstore” collected a 1.2/5 and 4.6 million viewers. “The Good Place” followed at 8:30 with a 1.3/5 and 4.6 million viewers. After “Will and Grace” at 9, “Great News” pulled a 1.3/5 and 5.1 million viewers at 9:30.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “Gotham” at 8 grabbed a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 9, “The Orville” beamed up a 1.1/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.7 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.4 million. “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” at 8 got a 0.4/2 and 1.7 million viewers. “Whose Line Is It Anyway” at 9 nabbed 0.2/1 and 1.0 million viewers, and a second episode at 9:30 picked up a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.