|Scoreboard for Thursday Nov 22|
|Total Viewers (million)||12.80||9.27||6.80||4.12||1.12|
|Rating/Share: Adults 18-49||3.6/11||3.1/9||2.5/7||1.5/5||0.4/1|
CBS took Thanksgiving night, but based on the overnight fast affiliate results, one must question why CBS and ABC ran with new episodes. Both CSI and Grey's Anatomy were well below their season averages although Grey's gained viewers the second half hour while CSI lost them. As is usually the case, CSI won viewers while Grey's Anatomy took the 18-49 demographic.
The approach used by NBC, Fox and The CW made more sense to me -- they each aired movies (The Incredibles, Dodgeball and Raise Your Voice respectively). ABC went so far as to preview a new show -- October Road. Especially with the ongoing WGA strike, it strikes me as a bit boneheaded for CBS and ABC to have run new episodes on Thanksgiving night. You can click over to Bermans's site for the half-hourly data and see what I mean.
Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night’s results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.