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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  • Ultima

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

    It wasn’t?

  • Tom

    Honestly, those drops seem less bad than usual for recent years.

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

    They matter for the show (and Sweeps) averages… unless the networks cheat and label these specific episodes as Specials.
    Guess what, they usually cheat and label these specific episodes as Specials.

  • Criminalcraft

    Criminal Minds still had 11.5 Million viewers which is only a slight drop Dam good for a holiday eve. A core between 11-13M 2.7-3.5 so far. Rock solid and starting to beat MF in viewers…ABC is LAST place so they need to make wise choices going into 2013.

    Solid block for CBS, guess CM and CSI viewers do not travel , haha

    WTG CM


    I remember when networks aired new episodes on Thanksgiving. I can’t wait for Glee tonight!

  • toadytoady

    Not a typical night. Most shows down 2 or 3 tenths on all networks.
    Charlie Brown did OK but that was about Thanksgiving anyway.
    SVU,Criminal Minds would not be a popular choice of TV viewing for a night when families are together.

  • david

    The movie on CW did pretty good for them. That was a good idea for them to have a movie on instead of Arrow and Super Natural.

  • Max

    Poor Whitney.

  • Oliver


    I see what you did there.

  • Kenny

    Just about every show lost 2-3 tenths…so lets just write this off as a holiday exception

  • Chris

    GWK had one of their best episodes last night. I enjoyed the Emmett Smith cameo. Hilarious. Too bad nobody watches the show.

  • Brian

    Go Charlie Brown! Good TV is never out of style!
    Chicago Fire did well considering the rest of the shows!

  • Fred

    CW aired the perfect holiday/traveling themed movie last night.
    For a 25 year old comedy (airing on the eve of the holiday no less)to outrate some of CWs current slate says something about their programming choices.

  • Max

    Hopefully Whit adjusts up. Very funny last night.

  • Rob R

    Felix— Private Practice id cancelled and ABC is burning off episodes. They had a preemption due to Hurricane Sandy and this helps to keep the burnoff on schedule.

  • Kenny


  • DenverDean

    Blame Nielsen for ending November sweeps on TGE. It’s no big deal. It’s not like these episodes won’t be repeated for those who didn’t DVR or watch on-demand. One week out of 36 won’t make any difference.

  • Robot

    hahahah, at the x-factor. Such a failure. Dropped like a bomb.


    I watch X Factor. And the talent on this season is terrible. It was a sob feast last night and almost all performances were underwhelming

  • Networkman

    ABC seems as if they are just trying to quickly run off the episodes of Private Practice now. That is the only way to explain them airing a new episode on Thanksgiving eve behind two repeats. They want to quickly remove the show from the schedule. It will just quiety fade away without any fanfare.

    CBS is on fire. I am so impressed with the numbers that their dramas received. I am happy both of them were still able to pull in over 10 million viewers during the holidays. Kudos!

    Also I have to commend Chicago Fire for growing out of Law & Order:SVU.

  • Greg

    NBC had to air originals, since Whitney returned just last week. CBS could have aired only Survivor, but the rest did solidly.

    Not sure why ABC decided to air Private Practice, though.

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