Thursday Ratings: The First Round of The NFL Draft Leads ABC to Victory

Thursday 4/29/21 Preliminary Ratings
Total Viewers:
ABC: 4.24 million, CBS: 4.15, NBC: 2.87, Fox: 1.53, CW: 840,000
Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.0 rating/7 share, CBS and NBC: 0.4/ 3 each, Fox: 0.2/ 1, CW: 0.1/ 1
Round one of the NFL draft led ABC to Thursday victory, but keep in mind that these results (see averages above) are diluted because the coverage was also on the NFLN and ESPN.
In series premiere news was comical puppet show farce “Let’s Be Real” on Fox with an anemic 1.13 million viewers (#4) and a 0.2 rating/1 share in the Thursday 9:30 p.m. ET time period. Soon-to-conclude lead-in “Last Man Standing” had a better showing at 2.05 million viewers (#4) and a 0.3/ 2 (#4) in the demo at 9 p.m.
In the specials department (which was not so special, actually) was “People Presents: William & Kate’s Royal Anniversary” at a mere 880,000 viewers (#5) and a 0.1/ 1 in adults 18-49 (#1) on The CW in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour.
Elsewhere, CBS had nothing unusual to report with its 8-10 p.m. sitcom rotation as follows:
Thursday/CBS
8:00 p.m. “Young Sheldon”
Viewers: 7.04 million (#1); A18-49: 0.7/ 5 (#2)
8:30 p.m. “The United States of Al”
Viewers: 5.11 million (#1); A18-49: 0.5/ 3 (#2)
8:00 p.m. “Mom”
Viewers: 5.12 million (#1); A18-49: 0.5/ 3 (#2)
8:00 p.m. “B Positive”
Viewers: 3.47 million (#2); A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#2)
NBC competed with two episodes of drama “Manifest”, which averaged 3.11 million viewers and a 0.4/ 3 in adults 18-49 — third in both categories — from 8-10 p.m. And dramas “Clarice” on CBS and “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC were encore telecasts.
UPDATED 5/01/2021 @ 2:51 p.m. ET: What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Thursday, April 29:

2021 NFL Draft on ABC First Round (S) (ABC, 8:00 PM, 180 min.)246 affiliates; 76% coverage
• 4.192 million viewers
• 2.5/6 HH
• Range: 1.359-1.487 million adults 18-49
• 1.1/7 A18-49 (0.9/6 F18-49, 1.2/8 M18-49)
• 0.7/7 A18-34 (0.6/6 F18-34, 0.8/8 M18-34)
• 1.4/7 A25-54 (1.2/6 F25-54, 1.6/9 M25-54)
Young Sheldon (CBS, 8:00 PM, 31 min.)255 affiliates; 77% coverage
• 7.344 million viewers
• 4.5/10 HH
• Range: 0.841-0.970 million adults 18-49
• 0.7/5 A18-49 (0.8/5 F18-49, 0.6/4 M18-49)
• 0.4/4 A18-34 (0.5/5 F18-34, 0.4/4 M18-34)
• 1.2/6 A25-54 (1.4/7 F25-54, 1.0/5 M25-54)
The United States Of Al (CBS, 8:31 PM, 30 min.)255 affiliates; 77% coverage
• 5.254 million viewers
• 3.2/7 HH
• Range: 0.582-0.711 million adults 18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-49 (0.5/3 F18-49, 0.4/3 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.3/3 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.9/4 A25-54 (1.1/5 F25-54, 0.7/3 M25-54)
Mom (CBS, 9:01 PM, 29 min.)255 affiliates; 77% coverage
• 5.303 million viewers
• 3.3/7 HH
• Range: 0.582-0.711 million adults 18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-49 (0.6/4 F18-49, 0.5/3 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.3/3 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 1.0/4 A25-54 (1.2/5 F25-54, 0.7/4 M25-54)
B Positive (CBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)255 affiliates; 77% coverage
• 4.030 million viewers
• 2.5/6 HH
• Range: 0.453-0.581 million adults 18-49
• 0.4/3 A18-49 (0.5/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.2/2 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.7/3 A25-54 (0.9/4 F25-54, 0.6/3 M25-54)
Manifest (NBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)248 affiliates; 76% coverage
• 3.270 million viewers
• 2.0/5 HH
• Range: 0.582-0.711 million adults 18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-49 (0.6/4 F18-49, 0.3/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.2/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
• 0.7/3 A25-54 (0.9/4 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)
Manifest (S) (NBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)248 affiliates; 76% coverage
• 3.206 million viewers
• 2.0/4 HH
• Range: 0.582-0.711 million adults 18-49
• 0.5/3 A18-49 (0.5/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.2/2 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.7/3 A25-54 (0.8/4 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)
Last Man Standing (Fox, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)260 affiliates; 76% coverage
• 2.110 million viewers
• 1.3/3 HH
• Range: 0.324-0.452 million adults 18-49
• 0.3/2 A18-49 (0.3/2 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.2/2 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.2/2 M18-34)
• 0.4/2 A25-54 (0.5/2 F25-54, 0.4/2 M25-54)
Let’s Be Real (P) (Fox, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)260 affiliates; 76% coverage
• 1.154 million viewers
• 0.7/2 HH
• Range: 0.194-0.322 million adults 18-49
• 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
• 0.1/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
• 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.3/1 M25-54)

Source: Nielsen
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