Thursday TV Ratings: ‘Parks and Rec’ Special Wins Key Demo, ‘Young Sheldon’ Finale Strong

Parks and Recreation Special

A virtual one-off special reuniting the cast of NBC’s sitcom Parks and Recreation was a big hit with viewers on Thursday’s primetime broadcast schedule, taking the night in the valued 18-49 demographic. The special reunited the entire cast for a virtual scripted episode of the beloved series. Prior to the special, the Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation special also scored well, coming in second in the 18-49 demo in the 8 pm timeslot.

In total viewers, the season finale of CBS’s Young Sheldon hit a high note, taking the night with nearly 10 million viewers. An hour later, the season finale of Mom also grabbed the most total viewers for the 9 o’clock hour (ABC’s Station 19 took the hour in the 18-49 demo).

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Also, is the romance between MeeMaw and Dale really off for good, or could we see Craig T. Nelson back next season?

Here’s the breakdown for Thursday, April 30, 2020 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating Total Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Young Sheldon – F (CBS) 1.1 9.97
Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation (NBC) 1.0 3.37
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ABC) 0.8 6.21
Last Man Standing (Fox) 0.7 4.11
Katy Keene (CW) 0.1 446,000
8:30 p.m. A Parks and Recreation Special (NBC) 1.4 3.67
Man with a Plan (CBS) 0.7 6.63
Last Man Standing – R (Fox) 0.5 2.74
9:00 p.m. Station 19 (ABC) 0.9 5.53
Mom – F (CBS) 0.7 6.16
Council of Dads –R (NBC) 0.4 1.81
Mental Samurai – R (Fox) 0.3 1.61
In The Dark (CW) 0.1 392,000
9:30 p.m. Broke (CBS) 0.6 5.05
10 p.m. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 0.6 2.84
Tommy (CBS) 0.5 5.14
Council of Dads (NBC) 0.3 2.01