Thursday TV ratings: EVIL up, Grey’s Anatomy down

GREY'S ANATOMY - "It's Raining Men" - After Meredith inadvertently stirs up negative press for Grey Sloan, she tries to make things right with her former colleagues, jeopardizing her community service hours. Station 19's Ben and Vic bring a young woman into the hospital, and Jackson stands up to Koracick when he goes too far with a patient's family. Meanwhile, Bailey receives unexpected news; and Owen finds himself at Pac-Gen North, which Alex sees as a recruiting opportunity on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, OCT. 17 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)KEVIN MCKIDD, JUSTIN CHAMBERS, ANDY COHEN
GREY'S ANATOMY - "It's Raining Men" - After Meredith inadvertently stirs up negative press for Grey Sloan, she tries to make things right with her former colleagues, jeopardizing her community service hours. Station 19's Ben and Vic bring a young woman into the hospital, and Jackson stands up to Koracick when he goes too far with a patient's family. Meanwhile, Bailey receives unexpected news; and Owen finds himself at Pac-Gen North, which Alex sees as a recruiting opportunity on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, OCT. 17 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)KEVIN MCKIDD, JUSTIN CHAMBERS, ANDY COHEN /
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EVIL and The Good Place were among shows ticking up in the Thursday TV ratings on Oct. 17. Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural ticked down.

While FOX kept going with its Thursday Night Football schedule (and won the night in the Thursday TV ratings), the rest of the networks aired a full slate of new programming. CBS had a good night, especially with new shows The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, and EVIL. Meanwhile, ABC’s ratings ticked down.

We’ll start with the bad news. Grey’s Anatomy lost 12% of its demo and 6% of its total audience. Fans may be annoyed at the current storyline with Bailey, but it’s also just likely a small shift in the ratings. One of the benefits of Grey’s is that its on Hulu the following day so there’s not as much need to watch live. At least the demo was the highest of all scripted programming.

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However, ABC’s downward tick continued with A Million Little Things and then How to Get Away with Murder. The latter was the lowest-rated program in the demo outside of The CW and NBC’s comedies.

The CW did have the weakest night. Supernatural‘s final season saw a 16% dip in the demo and 5% dip in the total audience. Legacies saw the largest dip in the demo at 31% down to 0.2. It did see a 5% upward tick in the total audience, but still sits at less than a million viewers. I don’t think there’s any need to worry about Legacies just yet, though.

CBS and NBC had a bit of a mixed night. While Young Sheldon lost 7% of its demo, it gained 1.5% of its total audience, pulling in the best audience of the night outside the football at 7.75 million. Based on the previous episodes, both metrics were up for The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, and EVIL. In fact, EVIL had the best upward tick of the whole night in the demo, up 25%.

SUPERSTORE– “Mall Closing” Episode 504 — Pictured: Kelly Schumann as Justine — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC)
SUPERSTORE– “Mall Closing” Episode 504 — Pictured: Kelly Schumann as Justine — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /

NBC saw Superstore and Sunnyside hold steady in the demo and up in the total audience. Sadly for Sunnyside, this still isn’t enough to save it. The show is being removed from programming and replaced with Will & Grace‘s final season. The Kal Penn series will finish its run online. The Good Place‘s final season saw an upward tick in both metrics.

It’s still hard to say how the networks will react to some of the shows. We’re at the point where the ratings should be steadying, especially for new shows. That’s certainly happening with CBS’ programming but is it enough to keep all the new shows on the air?

Overall, it was certainly a mixed night for TV. You can check out the full Thursday TV ratings to see how your favorite shows performed.

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