Ratings: ‘Will and Grace’ Loses One-Third of Last Week’s Big Return Audience

ABC finishes second with “Scandal” final season premiere

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“Will and Grace” dropped roughly 3.2 million “live” viewers from Week 1 of its return to Week 2, keeping NBC in third place on Thursday. The revived sitcom still managed to tie ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” as the top entertainment show of the evening.

With its “Scandal” final season premiere, the Disney-owned broadcast network was able to finish runner-up to No. 1 CBS, which aired only “Thursday Night Football” and its pregame show.

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 10.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Due to the nature of live sports, the so-called “Tiffany Network’s” Nielsen numbers are subject to adjustment.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 5.8 million. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m. posted a 2.0/8 and 7.9 million viewers. At 9, “Scandal” came back to a 1.4/5 and 5.5 million viewers. “How to Get Away With Murder” at 10 received a 0.9/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.3/5 and in viewers with 5.3 million. “Superstore” at 8 had a 1.2/5 and 4.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Good Place” got a 1.2/5 and 4.2 million viewers. “Will and Grace” at 9 earned a 2.0/7 and 7 million viewers. At 9:30, “Great News” managed a 1.0/3 and 3.8 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 close primetime to a 1.2/4 and 6 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. “Gotham” at 8 had a 0.9/3 and 2.8 million viewers. “The Orville” at 9 got a 0.9/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 690,000, airing just reruns.