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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

Scoreboard CBS FOX UNI ABC NBC CW
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
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8:30PM NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 3.503
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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
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9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.1 3 3.828
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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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why did they air Private Practice on Thanksgiving Eve? I don’t get this. “

    Perhaps because Private Practice has been canceled, and ABC has worked out its season schedule and needs to air all the PP episodes by a certain date in order to free the Tuesday timeslot for what’s coming next, and there aren’t enough Tuesdays left do burn them off on Tuesdays alone?

  • Mark

    X Factor *might* do OK tonight, since it has NFL Football (Cowboys vs. Redskins) as a direct lead-in.

  • John

    Lol at everyone who thinks SVU will get cancelled/final season for it being beaten by CF one time during Thanksgiving Eve.

  • Maja

    Xfactor is a failure. Not even Britney could save this. The show is bad.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Do they matter in terms of what the advertisers paid for and what they were promised in terms of ratings? Of course.

    Are networks smart enough to take the date into account when evaluating the ratings? Of course.

    Will desperate fans panic anyway? Of course.

  • Oliver

    Thanksgiving Eve ratings from last year: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/11/24/tv-ratings-wednesday-all-new-abc-wins-but-of-course-ratings-lows-dominate-thanksgiving-eve/111702/

    Up All Night sunk from 1.9 to 1.5 on Thanksgiving Eve to 1.9. If Whitney/GWK get the same ~20% rebound as UAN, that would put them on 1.3 or so.

    Even so, this really demonstrates how badly NBC’s Wednesday comedies are doing this year. A repeat of UAN last year was only a tenth off Whitney/GWK this year.

  • Lindalou

    I continue to hope that CHICAGO FIRE will find an audience…I enjoyed it, all the story arcs were well done. I’m getting more invested in it as the weeks go on. And, I sure have gained an appreciation for First Responders! I watch CSI on demand and dvr Nashville so it’s all good.

  • omabin

    I think the real story of the night is that chicago fire is already beating SVU. I think SVU should be canceled, really, and Chicago Fire should get a renewal and some more help for the network, although I really don’t know what that help would be.

  • Bob

    Stupid NBC putting Guys with Kids on when they know dang well that people don’t watch TV the night before Thanksgiving and NO that is NOT a bingo excuse but reality! I hope some miracle happens with Guys with Kids and then renew the great show even with bad ratings. At least next week, it will go up….lol

  • Jere

    They use to do new episodes on thanksgiving day a while back. Always thought it was stupid

  • Melissa

    Was the commenting feature not available before the end of last season, or are the old comments just deleted after a certain time? If they were deleted, why? I can’t see any comments on threads from last year.

  • Oliver

    @Bob

    It’s not totally stupid if you think about it.

    Whitney premiered last week. It would be ridiculous to premiere a show and then show a repeat the week after.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Was the commenting feature not available before the end of last season, or are the old comments just deleted after a certain time? If they were deleted, why? I can’t see any comments on threads from last year.”

    Sadly, we had a technical problem which caused a comment extinction event this summer that nuked most of the comments prior to that date.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Was the commenting feature not available before the end of last season, or are the old comments just deleted after a certain time? If they were deleted, why? I can’t see any comments on threads from last year.

    @Melissa: they were tragically lost when our inept manager of IT accidentally deleted the comments database in April.

  • Melissa

    @Bill Gorman

    Sadly, we had a technical problem which caused a comment extinction event this summer that nuked most of the comments prior to that date.

    Bummer.

  • Ultima

    @Felix
    Why did they air Private Practice on Thanksgiving Eve? I don’t get this.

    ABC has a date that they want to premiere the timeslot replacement for Private Practice on. They have 13 episodes of Private Practice to air. They couldn’t fit them all in on Tuesdays, hence a Wednesday airing.

  • Petar Ivanov

    For FIRST time i like ABC PR tricks and this time they laugh me in positive way:

    “ABC mostly repeat lineup beat out NBC’s all-original Wednesday”

    How low NBC wednesdays are…..CANCEL them ALL and find unscripted shows for wednesday. Scripted just can’t work for them.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @“Why did they air Private Practice on Thanksgiving Eve? I don’t get this. “

    Perhaps because Private Practice has been canceled, and ABC has worked out its season schedule and needs to air all the PP episodes by a certain date in order to free the Tuesday timeslot for what’s coming next, and there aren’t enough Tuesdays left do burn them off on Tuesday’s alone?

    And one more thing next tuesday DWTS start at 9 and is 2 hour finale.

  • Brian J

    If NBC renews “SVU” for another season, I don’t know what to think. It’s taking up prime real estate and is doing pitiful numbers.

    Also, remind me of why “CF” was renewed.

  • Ultima

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

    Presumably, the massive spike in demand for ad time (due to the time sensitive nature of ads for Black Friday) means the networks can charge more per ratings point, effectively breaking even or coming out ahead despite the lower ratings.

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