Ratings: ‘Superstore,’ ‘AP Bio’ Rise on Night of NBC Season Finales – But ‘Champions’ Is Still No Winner

CBS remains head of the class with Thursday comedy block

Last Updated: May 4, 2018 @ 9:42 AM

NBC had a nice Thursday night, with a slight increase in Nielsen ratings and total viewers for their primetime lineup filled with sitcom finales. Well, a rise for some — but not all.

Though the season closers for “Superstore” and the Glenn Howerton-led “A.P. Bio” jumped a bit over their previous week’s numbers, Mindy Kaling’s “Champions” was steady with its last episode — meaning it wasn’t great. This brought the Peacock up to third for the evening in both the key group of adults 18-49 and total eyeballs.

Thursday’s first and second place were taken by CBS and ABC, respectively, with the home of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” topping the night, thanks to those sitcoms’ ever-strong numbers and the Disney-owned broadcaster seeing a rise for its freshman TGIT series “Station 19.”

These numbers are important to keep in mind with many shows currently on the bubble, as networks decide what to renew and what to cancel in the coming weeks.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 2.3/11 and 12.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” snagged a 1.9/8 and 11.5 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 earned a 1.4/6 and 8.8 million viewers. “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 posted a 1.1/4 and 6.3 million viewers. At 10, “S.W.A.T.” took a 0.8/4 and 5.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 4.6 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 put up a 1.6/7 and 6.6 million viewers. At 9, “Station 19” landed a 1.1/4 and 5.2 million viewers. At 10, “Quantico” managed a 0.5/2 and 2.2 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.2 million. At 8, the “Superstore” Season 3 finale had a 0.8/4 and 3 million viewers. At 8:30, the “A.P. Bio” freshman year closer got a 0.6/3 and 2.1 million viewers. Following a repeat of “Will & Grace,” the last episode of “Champions” first season at 9:30 settled for a 0.4/2 and 1.5 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago Fire” saw a 1.0/4 and 5.3 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 2.1 million. At 8, “Gotham” had a 0.5/2 and 1.9 million viewers. “Showtime at the Apollo” at 9 took a 0.6/2 and 2.3 million viewers.

Univision, Telemundo and The CW tied for fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2.

Univision was fifth in viewers with 1.3 million.

The CW was sixth in viewers with 1.2 million. “Supernatural” at 8 put up a 0.4/2 and 1.4 million viewers. At 9, “Arrow” got a 0.4/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in viewers with 1.1 million.