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Ratings: ‘Rocky Horror’ Sways Fewer Than 5 Million Viewers to Do the Time Warp With Fox

Net is Thursday’s runner-up in key demo, but settles for fourth among total viewers

Fox found fewer than 5 million total viewers to sing and dance with last night, per preliminary Nielsen numbers for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The broadcaster was able to move into the runner-up position in the key 18-49 demographic, but still settled for fourth place among total viewers. The special’s 4.9 million total viewers was far less than “Grease: Live’s” 12.2 million and even “The Passion’s” 6.6 million. To be fair, “Rocky Horror” was not live like the others were, so there was less incentive to tune in the same way.

CBS dominated the night with “Thursday Night Football” — stiff competition for the musical reboot, no doubt.

CBS was first in ratings with a 2.9 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. The kickoff show at 8 p.m. earned a 2.1/8 and 8 million viewers. The game itself at 8:30 buoyed CBS’ numbers through the rest of primetime and beyond.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.7/6, but fourth in viewers with 4.9 million. “Rocky Horror” was the only broadcast on the schedule.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and second in viewers with 5.4 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 posted a 2.1/8 and 8.1 million viewers. At 9, “Notorious” had a 0.9/3 and 4 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 got a 1.2/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in viewers with 5.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 received a 1.0/4 and 4.1 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Good Place” had a 0.9/3 and 3.8 million viewers. “Chicago Med” at 9 put up a 1.2/4 and 6.6 million viewers. At 10, “The Blacklist” closed out primetime to a 1.1/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2, but seventh in viewers with 1.70 million.

Univision and the CW tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.8 million; CW was sixth with 1.71 million.

For CW, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 8 got a 0.6/2 and 1.8 million viewers. At 9, “Supernatural” received a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers.