Thursday TV ratings: The Blacklist up, Ghosts slips [Nov. 4, 2021]

THE BLACKLIST -- "The SPK (#178)" Episode 903 -- Pictured: James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)
THE BLACKLIST -- "The SPK (#178)" Episode 903 -- Pictured: James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC) /

The Blacklist seems to have stabilized in its new season already, while CBS’s comedies ticked down. Here are the Thursday live TV ratings.

ABC had another night of reruns and specials while FOX had Thursday Night Football. There’s not that much need to look at either of them. As expected, the football won the night in both the demo and the audience.

The reruns of Queens on ABC were clearly an attempt to boost the numbers for the new series in its normal timeslot. We’ll have to wait until a new episode on Tuesday to see if it’s worked out.

There was a Queen special on ABC to kickoff the night of reruns. The ratings were okay but nothing like TGIT usually pulls in.

The Blacklist up, Ghosts down in the live TV ratings

CBS, NBC, and The CW had new episodes of TV shows, and those are the shows we’re more concerned about. We’ll start with NBC.

The Blacklist Season 9 debuted down compared to its Season 8 premiere, but that was expected. The disappointing thing was seeing a large drop in the demo the next week. Well, the demo stayed stable and went up 7% in the audience, suggesting that things may have stabilized for the series. We’ll have to see how the next episode goes.

Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime both had some positive results. I’ll admit that I think The Blacklist is ending with this season but I’m expecting a renewal for Organized Crime (and we know SVU is already renewed).

The comedies on CBS took a small fall. Young Sheldon started it with the 15% drop in the demo and the 5% drop in the audience. There’s nothing wrong with that as the show has already been renewed. The drops continued with United States of AlGhosts, and B Positive. I don’t think there’s too much of a concern for any of these. If anything, it’s going to be B Positive, which is the lowest of the lot.

Bull saw a 3% dip in the demo but a 2% increase in the audience. The show is one of the lowest-rated dramas on CBS. Most seasons, it’s got through because it is a CBS-owned show, which means it’s a little cheaper. However, CBS will also need to make way for new shows, so we could see Bull not renewed this year.

Walker saw a 9% fall in the demo but a 6% increase in the total audience. This is the top-rated show on the network, especially in the audience, so there is absolutely no reason to worry about this.

Meanwhile, Legacies was up 42% in the demo and 22% in the audience. Again, there’s no reason to worry about this. I’m expecting The CW to renew it.

Check out the live TV ratings for Thursday, Nov. 4 to see how your favorite shows performed.

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