‘Will & Grace’ Season Premiere Halves Last Year’s Rating, But It’s an Improvement Over ‘Sunnyside’

Fox won another Thursday with NFL football, but the game was a bit of a dud

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NBC fast-tracked the Season 11 start for “Will & Grace,” and while the sitcom premiered pretty poorly vs. prior season(s), it still did better than “Sunnyside.”

Kal Penn’s “Sunnyside” was pulled early from the TV schedule due to poor performance. It is now a digital series.

Fox won another Thursday with NFL football, though the game was pretty weak this week. Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-affiliate Nielsen ratings for Fox should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.7 rating/12 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those averages count the short pregame show and the game itself.

ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and third in viewers with 4.3 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 6.1 million viewers. At 9, “A Million Little Things” had a 0.9/4 and 4.4 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 got a 0.5/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.7/4 and second in viewers with 5.5 million. “Young Sheldon” at 8 received a 1.1/5 and 8.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Unicorn” had a 0.8/4 and 5.9 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 got a 0.8/4 and 6.4 million viewers. At 9:30 “Carol’s Second Act” closed out the comedy block with a 0.7/3 and 5.1 million viewers. The recently renewed “Evil” at 10, which finished primetime to a 0.5/3 and 3.6 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 2.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “Perfect Harmony” managed a 0.4/2 and 2.1 million viewers. “The Good Place” at 9 received a 0.6/3 and 1.9 million viewers. At 9:30, “Will & Grace” returned to a 0.5 and 2.3 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 10 got a 0.7/3 and 3.6 million viewers.

Last season, “Will & Grace” premiered to a 1.0 rating. Its finale got a 0.7 rating, which was also the season’s Live + Same Day rating average.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million. “Supernatural” at 8 had a 0.3/2 and 1.2 million viewers. At 9, “Legacies” got a 0.2/1 and 883,000 viewers.