Primetime Ratings: Saints Pace CBS to Thursday Title

NFL reigns supreme, and CW dramas show life in their second week

CBS won the primetime ratings derby last night, with Thursday Night Football its usual ratings beast. CBS scored a 3.3 rating in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen’s overnights, while ABC, on the steam of Shonda Rhimes’ dramas, showed a 2.2/7. NBC had a 1.1/4, Fox a 1.0/3 and The CW a 0.5/2.

CBS’ 3.3 was down a tenth of a ratings point in 18-49 from the previous week. The game featured the New Orleans Saints offing the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

On ABC, Grey’s Anatomy played to a 2.2, up a tenth of a point from last week’s 2.1, while Scandal had a 2.3, off 13% from last week, before How to Get Away With Murder weighed in at 2.0, down 5% from last week.

Over NBC’s way, Heroes Reborn had a 1.1, down 8% from last week. The Blacklist fell 7% week over week at 1.4 while The Player’s 0.7 was 22% short of an already grim number last week.

Fox aired Bones, with a 1.2, down 8% from last Thursday, leading into time-tripping crime drama Sleepy Hollow with a 0.9, down 10% in 18-49.

The CW featured The Vampire Diaries with a 0.6, which was flat with last week’s season premiere, while The Originals showed a 0.5, up a tenth of a point, or 20%, from last week.