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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  • TVDude


    To be fair, NBC’s scripted lineup as a whole is down from last year, aside from Monday’s at 10pm. Go On and TNN are in the spot that TBL aired in last year, and combining the hour together, that’s down from last year, I believe.

    And I think you and I would agree that Up All Night probably wouldn’t have matched last years numbers in the same timeslot this year. The whole success of the network is hiding behind The Voice and football. Not a single scripted show on the network is booming right now.

  • adaaan

    People who made fun of The Voice for falling on monday and tuesday, look at your fail factor! That’s a horrible rating considering the budget is $100 million

  • Jake

    oh gosh with these horrible ratings for a wednesday, thursdays ratings are going to be worst. Tonights Glee is totally going to get below 2.0. Fox is so stupid for scheduling it on Thanksgiving.

  • Greg

    I don’t see the point of burning off Private Practice. It’s not like Body of Proof will do any better on midseason.

  • Guest

    It’s ashame not more people watch X Factor, it really is great and a lot more fun to watch compare to the Voice.

  • Paleonut

    Have to say after seeing this (especially the overall viewer drop) I’m glad we didn’t have new episodes on the CW last night… Pleased to note that while the movie did do better than I thought (and amused that it’s better than some CW shows) it did not come close to Supernatural & Arrow’s ratings.

    In the end, best part of taking Thanksgiving week off… TWO new eps left before Hellatus instead of one!

  • Kavyn

    XFactor was so good until the Live Performances. I watch XFactor now just to make fun of everything on twitter.

  • Paleonut

    That said, I would be interested in seeing the hourly breakdown of ratings for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles… does anyone have those?

  • karin

    Law & Order SVU needs to stop..same plot again& again

  • Ultima

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

    More episodes left than availabe Tuesday timeslots.

  • Charlotte Always

    @ Guest, so much lies. You probably haven’t seen a single episode of the Voice. Just face the facts, X Factor does horribly simply because the talent just isn’t there.

  • aiden

    X-Factor was great last night! Fox is killing the show! last week the show was up the two nights but this week was a mistake cause is a holiday and not everydoy is watching tv! tonight is going to be a disaster on the ratings! FOX i hate u

  • POI

    i thought modern family repeats much better than that.

  • toadytoady

    NBC is playing a clever game. By relying on big numbers from Reality and Sports shows it makes headline wins and that changes peoples perception of a network.It looks more successful, even if its dramas aren’t very successful,with only Revolution bringing in high 2’s, although not so high this week.They have some other interesting dramas lined up that might do well.
    Its a clever strategy.

  • Charlotte Always

    2.2 is actually X Factors worst rating ever, but ofcourse you won’t hear anything about it on here. But when The Voice had 3.3 on monday they made sure everybody has to know that it was it’s seasons lowest.

  • Derrick

    saw Chicago Fire for the first time. it was actually good considering this seemed to be one of those episodes that had been set up with previous ones.

  • Dennis

    Is SVU gone?

  • Guest

    @Charlotte Always

    I have watch the voice and have tried to continue but I just get bored. I think the reason why is because I just don’t see any of the contestants on the show becoming stars, The last two winners..where are they now?! I believe XFactor is a lot more fun to watch…maybe it’s just my cup of tea. Btw you are wrong there is talent on the show, maybe it’s the other way around and it’s YOU who has not watch a single episode of The XFactor.

  • Guest

    @Charlotte Always

    Carly Rose, a 13 year old contestant on XFactor has fans all over the world already.

  • mark burnett

    how about the headline “Survivor in its 25th season beats X Factor again in both Demos and Viewers!!”

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