Ratings: ‘Ghosts’ Premiere Scares Up the Most Viewers for a New Comedy This Fall

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CBS execs aren’t “boo”-ing over Thursday’s “Ghosts” series premiere. The sitcom’s debut landed the most total viewers, 5.341 for a new comedy series thus far this fall.

“Ghosts,” which aired for an hour last night, will settle in as a 30-minute comedy next week. It followed the hastily rewritten “United States of Al” Season 2 premiere, which covered the fall of Afghanistan.

Finally, The CW’s series finale of “The Outpost” settled for a 0.0 rating among adults 18-49. What a way to go out(post).

In any event, last night belonged to Fox, which finally got its first (national) “Thursday Night Football” game of the season. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 26-17.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below early Nielsen numbers should be considered subject to significant adjustment. We’re only included them to show the rough gap between football and all the other primetime shows.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those are the very preliminary returns from the NFC West game.

CBS, ABC and NBC tied for second in ratings, each with a 0.5. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.1 million, ABC was third with 3.6 million and NBC was fourth with 3 million.

For CBS, the “Young Sheldon” Season 5 premiere at 8 p.m. put up a 0.7 rating and 6.9 million total viewers. At 8:30, the “United States of Al” Season 2 premiere had a 0.5 rating and 4.7 million total viewers. The “Ghosts” debut from 9 to 10 averaged a 0.5 rating and those aforementioned 5.3 million viewers. The “Bull” Season 6 premiere managed a 0.3 rating and 4.1 million total viewers.

For ABC, “Station 19” at 8 received a 0.5 rating and 4.1 million total viewers. At 9, “Grey’s Anatomy” posted a 0.6 rating and 3.9 million total viewers. “Big Sky” at 10 had a 0.3 rating and 2.7 million total viewers.

For NBC, following a rerun, “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 landed a 0.6 rating and 3.7 million total viewers. At 10, “Law & Order: Organized Crime” got a 0.5 rating and 3.1 million total viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.1 and in total viewers with 459,000. “Coroner” at 8 had a 0.1 rating and 590,000 total viewers. At 9, “The Outpost” settled for a 0.0 rating and 329,000 total viewers.

We do not have early Nielsen numbers for Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.

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