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TV Ratings 9/7/17: Network Stars Ends Low, NFL Kickoff Down from Last Year's Prelims

Thursday was a great night to be NBC, a partially great night to be CBS, and a terrible night to be ABC. NBC won the night big time with their coverage of the NFL Kickoff, with no network even remotely close. That doesn't mean that the game wasn't down, though. It came in about a point lower than last year's game, despite having Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots as a part of it. Even though the 7.2 is a good deal lower, it's still a strong number that will adjust up greatly. CBS had a stronger outing from Big Brother, up three tenths from its weak outing last Thursday. Zoo was also on the upswing, but does it even matter at this point? Probably not. The 8 PM repeats were also strong, with the Big Bang repeat taking fourth (2nd if you don't count sports) for the night. ABC had a finale-filled night and it went terribly. Battle of the Network Stars ended with a weak 0.6, which was slightly up from its previous outing. The Gong show ended on a season low, down to 0.5. Both shows should be done, but don't rule out the possibility of one of them returning for another run next year. Fox had its traditional Thursday lineup together again, and both were up from their most recent rating. The CW's reality shows were both steady.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMFootball Night in America4.4/1913.70ABC

The Big Bang Theory (R)1.2/56.57CBS

Beat Shazam0.8/42.48Fox

Battle of the Network Stars0.6/32.98ABC

Penn & Teller: Fool Us0.4/21.43The CW
8:30 PMNFL Football Kickoff7.2/2720.91NBC

Mom (R)0.9/45.16CBS
9 PMBig Brother1.8/76.13CBS

Battle of the Network Stars (F)0.6/22.44ABC

Love Connection0.6/32.00Fox

Whose Line Is It Anyway?0.3/11.19The CW
9:30 PMWhose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.3/11.12The CW
10 PMThe Gong Show (F)0.5/22.12ABC

Zoo0.5/22.76CBS