Ratings: NBC Tops Primetime With ‘Thursday Night Football’ Kickoff Game

“Grey’s Anatomy” 300th episode settles for third behind NFL game and “The Big Bang Theory”

NBC just inherited “Thursday Night Football” from CBS, and the top-rated broadcaster rode last night’s Seattle Seahawks win to a victory of its own.

While NBC finished first among adults 18-49 — the group most-coveted by broadcast advertisers — CBS is currently No. 1 among primetime’s total viewers. Due to the nature of live sports, NBC’s Nielsen numbers are subject to significant adjustment when final figures become available.

Over on ABC, the 300th episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” did well, but it wasn’t enough to topple the NFL game or CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/9 share in the key and second in total viewers with an average of 8.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those numbers can be credited to the network’s coverage of the Arizona Cardinals’ tough divisional loss.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.6/6 and first in viewers with 9.1 million. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.7/11 and 13.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” posted a 2.2/8 and 12.3 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 had a 1.5/6 and 8.8 million viewers. At 9:30, “Life in Pieces” got a 1.2/4 and 6.6 million viewers. “S.W.A.T.” at 10 received a 1.0/4 and 6.6 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.3/5 and in viewers with 5.6 million. “Grey’s” at 8 put up a 1.9/7 and 8.1 million viewers. At 9, “Scandal” landed a 1.1/4 and 5 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 closed “T.G.I.T.” to a 0.9/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.2 million. “Gotham” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “The Orville” at 9 got a 1.0/4 and 3.7 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.3 million.

For The CW, “Supernatural” at 8 received a 0.6/2 and 1.7 million viewers. “Arrow” at 9 finished off the network’s two-hour primetime with a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers.