Thursday TV ratings: For the People & A.P. Bio debut down, Superstore returns up [Mar. 7]

Mar. 7 wasn’t a good night for shows across all networks. The majority of shows were down, including For the People and A.P. Bio’s season debuts, although Superstore did return up. Here’s a look at the Thursday TV ratings.

For the People and A.P. Bio debuted new seasons last night, while Superstore and Supernatural returned. Mar. 7 wasn’t a great night across the board, with only a few shows seeing upward ticks. Here’s a look at all the Thursday TV ratings.

The only shows to see upward ticks in the ratings were Superstore (3.07m/0.8), Fam (5.72m/0.9), Will & Grace (2.63m/0.7), and S.W.A.T. (5.47m/0.9). All the rest saw downward dips, with some bigger than others. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for this — except maybe many of you were like me and headed out to the theaters for the Captain Marvel preview night.

Despite being down from the last episode, The Big Bang Theory was the best show of the night. It pulled in 12.78 million people and a 2.1 demo, with spin-off Young Sheldon coming in second across the whole night with 11.51 million people and a 1.7 demo rating. It’s going to be interesting to see how Thursday nights fair when The Big Bang Theory ends in May.

Grey’s Anatomy had the third best result in the 8-9 p.m. timeslot and the night in terms of demo (fourth in the total audience behind Mom on CBS). Down from its milestone episode, it pulled in 6.61 million people and a 1.5 demo. Meanwhile, Gotham pulled in 2.11 million and 0.6 and Supernatural returned from its month-long break down with 1.3 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.

The 8:30 p.m. timeslot saw the debut of A.P. Bio Season 2, which was down from its first season premiere. This isn’t usually that surprising. A series premiere tends to pull in some of the highest ratings because people tune in to check it out. However, the second season premiere was around 40% down in both metrics and already sits around 30% down from the season average. Hopefully, this can start steadying out.

Thursday TV ratings

Legacies — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR

In the 9 p.m. slot, everything saw a dip in the ratings. Station 19 returned from its long winter break with a 14% dip in the demo and 9% dip in the total audience. The newly-renewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine dipped by 16% and 15% in the demo and audience respectively.

Legacies, which thankfully has a second season now, is the most worrying. It saw a 33% decrease in the demo, against a 2% decrease in the total audience. The demo is now at a series low, although the audience is still up from its lowest points.

For the People also debuted its second season down from its first season premiere. This one saw a 23% decrease in the demo, but the total audience wasn’t too bad. Just 0.75% of the audience was down from the series premiere last year, which actually takes the audience figures 30% up from the first season average. In fact, the show saw a demo high since Episode 7 and a total audience high since Episode 3.

Check out the full Thursday TV ratings.

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