Ratings: Notorious Drops the Ball While Grey's Hits 11-Month Audience High

Matt Webb Mitovich

The only news ABC’s Notorious made last night was of the bad kind, dropping a full half of its Grey’s Anatomy lead-in in the ratings.

The non-#TGIT drama debuted to 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating on Thursday (per finals), well below anything Scandal ever did and down 39 percent from the D.C. drama’s finale. TVLine readers gave the pilot an average grade of “B-.”

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Opening ABC’s night, Grey’s Anatomy opened its 13th season with 8.8 mil and a 2.5 (average grade “B”), marking its best numbers since Oct. 22 and Feb. 11 Nov. 19. Leading out of Notorious, How to Get Away With Murder did 5.1 mil/1.4 (average grade “A-“), down sharply from its sophomore opener (8.4 mil/2.6) but matching its finale.

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Elsewhere on the night….

FOX | Leading out of Rosewood (3.7 mil/0.7), which returned to series lows/half of what Bones did a year ago in the time slot, Pitch premiered to 4.2 mil and a 1.1, up 28 percent and a tenth from Sleepy Hollow’s year-ago opener. Readers gave the baseball drama a “B+.”

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NBC | Superstore opened Season 2 with 5.5 mil and a 1.5, matching its freshman average, while The Good Place (5.3 mil/1.4) expectedly dropped from its apres-Voice preview. Chicago Med (7 mil/1.4, “B” grade) was off two tenths from its freshman finale and down 11 percent and two tenths from The Blacklist‘s year-ago premiere in the 9 o’clock slot. The Blacklist itself (6.4 mil/1.3, “B+”) was on par with its May finale and up a tenth from (faint praise alert!) The Player‘s year-ago numbers.

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CBS | Thursday Night Football (17.6 mil/5.4) was up 14 percent from last week’s finals (with NFL Network included).

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