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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  • ddutchie88

    yeah! Chicago Fire > SVU


  • Max

    I guess the ONLY good news regarding CHICAGO FIRE is that it improved upon SVU and also improved in its half-hour…

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 5.26 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

    NBC – Chicago Fire (10:30)
    Viewers: 5.61 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#2)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    we’ll get L&O:SVU added but it was 1.3 A18-49 rtg and 5.194M viewers

  • Samunto

    LOL at X Factor.It might be thanksgiving but a show like X Factor should be doing better than this. Tonight it’ll be around 1.6. How did it perfom last year during Thanksgiving week?

  • Survivor Fan

    Survivor won its timeslot!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Clarke

    So a movie from 1987 (a great movie for the record) gets more YOUNG viewers in the “coveted” demo than 902010, Gossip Girl, and Emily Owens (tied Hart of Dixie). I think the CW should really re-think their business model – get rid of the the teen-orientated dramas (ABCFam handles those shows much better) and go for sci-fi/fantasy shows (like the SyFy channel). Or they could always just air old John Candy movies :)

  • Flame

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

    – Math is a pig. :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Law & Order SVU earned a 1.3, down three tenths from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

    Not in the table. Series low i guess. Final season may be…….

    I think NBC will save CF and cancel law and order. CF is new show and much more cheaper.

  • Felix

    Private Practice earned a 1.3 yesterday, not a 1.2, by the way.

  • tvjunk

    wow svu 1.3 Cf 1.4 does that mean if this keeps up svu will be cancelled before CF.

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol… What did The CW air last night? It got a better demo and more viewers than their regular programming! Haha… xD

    Everything is down, but NBC is at low 1’s… So much for the “savior” ‘Whitney” to improve the night…

    I don’t see “The X-Factor” getting a 2.0+ tonight… “Glee” will also hit a new low…

  • Luke

    Survivor (even with this thankgiving dip) has to be one of the most consistent shows of the last few years. It will no doubt get adjusted up too….

  • mula

    don’t know why the networks botehred showing original programming on thanksgiving eve when so many are doing last minute shopping/preparations *sigh*

    fox execs need to be SHOT. last nights episode was amazing.

  • Maja

    Ugh, I really like guys with kids. Too bad the ratings not good. Xfactor bomb.

  • robin

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

    down 12% not up

  • zerg

    I guess XFactor tonight aganist NFl will sink to 1.7

  • Leondre

    Do the ratings for tonight and last nights shows matter

  • rob60990

    I still can’t believe CBS, FOX & NBC wasted new episodes last night while ABC was the only one not to. Last year, ABC was the only network to air new on Thanksgiving Eve. I would assume the networks coded these as specials.

  • VB

    Ouch. SVU was better off being left out of the list. I agree with those who say T-day eve is a good time to show reruns.

  • HGFM

    “Do the ratings for tonight and last nights shows matter”

    Yes. They are part of the November Sweeps period.

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