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ABC's TGIT Lineup Holds Strong Against CBS' Season Premiere Thursday

Opposite CBS' premiere of its "The Big Bang Theory"/"Young Sheldon"-led schedule on the night, ABC's TGIT lineup earned second place on Thursday with Adults 18-49 (1.3/5), beating NBC by 30%(1.0/4), with a series low for the "Will & Grace" finale, and Fox's drama lineup by 44% ("Gotham"/"The Orville" = 0.9/4).

Despite the increased entertainment competition, ABC's Thursday delivery held exactly even week to week in Adults 18-49, as did "Grey's Anatomy" (1.8/7), "Scandal" (1.1/4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (0.9/4).

Projections Rationale:
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on 2017-18 season averages for originals (excluding the premiere).

Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 11/2/17.

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