TV Ratings Wednesday: 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' Special Up From Last Year, as Pretty Much Everything Else Drops on Thanksgiving Eve

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November 22nd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 2.0/8 1.4/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.499 7.177 3.611 5.535 4.782 1.722

NOTE: vs. last week A18-49 usage was down -11% from 8-10pm and -9% from 8-11pm.

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.2, down from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a 2.3, down three tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 2.7, down three tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49. CSI earned a 2.3, down two tenths from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up four tenths from last year's 1.8 rating. Private Practice earned 1.0, down two tenths from yesterday's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Whitney scored a 1.1, down three tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids earned a 1.1. down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order SVU earned a 1.3, down three tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Chicago Fire earned a 1.4, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.3 8 9.36
ABC A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving -R 2.2 7 8.097
FOX The X Factor (8-10 PM) 2.2 7 7.177
NBC Whitney 1.1 4 3.937
CW Planes, Trains and Automobiles -R 0.5 2 1.722
8:30PM NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 3.503
9:00 PM CBS Criminal Minds 2.7 8 11.47
ABC Modern Family -R 1.7 5 5.833
NBC Law and Order SVU 1.3 4 5.194
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.1 3 3.828
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.3 7 10.668
NBC Chicago Fire 1.4 4 5.431
ABC Private Practice 1.0 3 3.682


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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • Oliver

    Makes you wonder why they ran so many originals on Thanksgiving Eve.

  • Samuel

    Super bummed about X Factor, it was great last night. Fox was idiotic for putting on a new episode. They’ve done eberything wrong that they possibl could this season.

  • Max

    CHICAGO FIRE dead huh?

  • taylor

    abc and cw were the only stations smart enough to run repeats/specials (besides PP i guess, but the ratings for that hardly matter anymore)

  • Dillan

    Poor X Factor. I’m expecting around a 1.9 for tonights episode.

  • Charlotte Always

    How come you’ve chosen a picture for X Factor when Survivor has done better? I bet you will say something positive about X Factor like in your last tweet ” X-Factor improves w/teens”. Can you be anymore biased?

  • taylor

    also lol @ an old movie beating 90210, GG and emily owens in the demo

  • Oliver

    NBC is missing at 9.

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  • danny94

    why was private practice on??

  • Petar Ivanov

    you miss law and order at 9.

  • Charlotte Always

    Dillan 1.9 is way too optimistic. NBC Football will slay. I think X Factor will be somewhere around 1.5

  • Felix

    Why did they air Private Practice on Thanksgiving Eve? I don’t get this. And even without airing originals of Modern Family and Suburgatory before it.

  • Mr Mumble

    “Whitney” and “Guys With Kids” are stuffed!

  • DW

    i dont know why they put new episodes on before thanksgiving either. im glad the ones i watch on wed. were off or repeats.

  • Charlotte Always

    ” On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.2, up 12% from last week’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.”

    As predicted author tries his best to spin X Factors ratings, but messes up horribly.

  • Aiden

    my god whitney is FAILING hard. X factor was really good last night, wished it had higher views.

  • Petar Ivanov

    MF repeat well. Let see how will repeat this year. TBBT always repeat well but last year MF repeats was bad.

  • Jay

    Chicago Fire fine. Bad night for TV. Probably should have had all re-runs.

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