Thursday TV ratings: Young Sheldon up, Making It down

"A Nuclear Reactor and a Boy Called Lovey" - Pictured: Sheldon (Iain Armitage). Sheldon attempts to build a nuclear reactor. Also, a university cocktail party gets heated when Dr. Sturgis' colleague, Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley, Jr.) flirts with Meemaw, and Georgie is heartbroken when he learns Veronica (Isabel May) has a boyfriend, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan.17 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2018 WBEI. All rights reserved.
"A Nuclear Reactor and a Boy Called Lovey" - Pictured: Sheldon (Iain Armitage). Sheldon attempts to build a nuclear reactor. Also, a university cocktail party gets heated when Dr. Sturgis' colleague, Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley, Jr.) flirts with Meemaw, and Georgie is heartbroken when he learns Veronica (Isabel May) has a boyfriend, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan.17 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2018 WBEI. All rights reserved. /
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Young Sheldon returned from a week off with upward ticks. In fact, CBS mostly had a good night. Here’s a look at the Thursday TV ratings.

It was another night of the football winning the night in the live TV ratings. However, Young Sheldon and the rest of CBS returned after a week off for Thanksgiving to see mostly positive results. Here’s a look at the ratings for Dec. 5.

Let’s start with the specials throughout the night. ABC’s regular Thursday night programming is off, meaning it’s all about the Christmas specials. It shouldn’t be surprising that A Charlie Brown Christmas offered a good 1.0 rating in the demo. The 4.95 million viewers wasn’t too shabby either.

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Would it be enough to keep interest in the Christmas movie Same Time, Next Christmas? Not quite. The Lea Michele movie pulled in 3.71 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating. Not bad but also probably not what the network was hoping for.

NBC opted for a Saturday Night Live Christmas Special, pulling in a demo of 0.6 and an audience of 3.13 million. It wouldn’t help the fourth episode of Making It, which saw a drop after an upward tick for Episode 3. This time, the drop was down to 1.70 million viewers (39% down) and 0.4 in the demo (20% down). Is it the show or is it the fact that NBC is airing an episode a night affecting things?

CBS had mostly a good night. Young Sheldon was up by 12% in the demo, taking the top spot out of the regular, non-sport content. The audience was steady with 8.39 million viewers, a high for th enight.

The upward ticks continued with The Unicorn seeing a 9% uptick in the demo and 3% uptick in the audience. Mom followed with a 3% rise in the demo. The audience was steady enough for a show that has already been confirmed for another season.

“Exorcism Part 2” — David is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on Caroline Hopkins (Karen Pittman), after he assisted in her exorcism. The accusation leads him to question his future as a priest, especially once he develops a very close connection with his defense attorney, Renée Harris (Renée Elise Goldsberry), on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Peter Scolari guest stars as Bishop Marx. Pictured Mike Colter as David Acosta Photo: Elizabeth Fisher /CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Exorcism Part 2” — David is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on Caroline Hopkins (Karen Pittman), after he assisted in her exorcism. The accusation leads him to question his future as a priest, especially once he develops a very close connection with his defense attorney, Renée Harris (Renée Elise Goldsberry), on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Peter Scolari guest stars as Bishop Marx. Pictured Mike Colter as David Acosta Photo: Elizabeth Fisher /CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /

While EVIL did see downward ticks, we have no reason to worry about the series. It’s already renewed for a second season. It’s Carol’s Second Act that’s most concerning out of the lot. It dropped almost 5% in the demo and 4% in the total audience. Hopefully, the CBS All Access views and delayed viewings will help to keep the comedy on the air.

Finally, it’s all about The CW. Both Supernatural and Legacies returned from a week off with upward ticks in the demo. Supernatural‘s total audience ticked down by 6% but is just hanging onto the million. It doesn’t matter since the show is ending this season, but we want it to end its 15-season run on a high. Legacies was steady in the audience, suggesting that this show is getting a third season.

Take a look at the Thursday TV ratings to see how your favorite shows performed.

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