Thursday TV ratings: S.W.A.T. and The Titan Games up, Mom and Gotham down [Feb. 14]

Valentine’s Day was a slow night for TV and that’s not overly surprising. Some networks opted for reruns and those that opted for new episodes mostly saw slumps. Here are the Thursday TV ratings for Feb. 14.

It was a slow night in the world of TV on Valentine’s Day. Unsurprisingly, fans weren’t tuning into their favorite shows live — likely because they were out enjoying date night? The shows that did air new episodes mostly saw downward ticks in the Thursday TV ratings.

To start with, CBS opted for reruns of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, yet the two shows received the highest total audiences of the whole night. Even the demos were good with only Grey’s Anatomy beating them and The Titan Games and Mom matching Young Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory beat the three).

The CW opted for a Valentine’s Day special, which pulled in a below average amount of viewers but it was probably better than competing against those who would have been out for date night. And the Legacies rerun saw about half the people that would normally pull in, which is decent for a CW rerun.

As for the new shows, most of the night saw downward ticks. The Titan Games saw a 10% increase in the demo and 5% increase in the total audience from the previous episode to 1.1 and 4.32 million respectively. It put NBC in third place for the night, behind CBS’ The Big Bang Theory/Young Sheldon and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (which was down slightly in both metrics).

FOX saw a small downward tick in the total audience for Gotham. It was the demo that was most alarming, dropping at 11% to 0.6. Hopefully, the show won’t limp it’s way out. It would be nice to see stronger ratings for its final year.

Will & Grace

Photo Credit: Will & Hrace/NBC/Chris Haston, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village

When it came to the 9 p.m. slot, the comedies struggled the most. MomFam, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Will & Grace all saw downward ticks for some relatively strong episodes. FOX faired a little better with The Orville seeing an almost-3% increase in the demo to 0.7 and less than a 1% decrease in the total audience to 3.09 million from the previous episode.

Networks had a better night with the final timeslot of the night, suggesting that it was certainly Valentine’s Day date nights causing a problem. S.W.A.T. saw the best results of the night, ticking up by 12% in both metrics to 5.56 million total and 0.9 in the demo, winning the timeslot. NBC wasn’t too far behind with Law and Order: SVU bringing in steady numbers from the previous week and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder held steady in the demo but saw a 6% decrease in the audience.

Check out all the Thursday TV ratings.

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