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

Categories: '

Written By

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


via press note:



NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101.

  • Joseph A

    Nice night for CBS,
    Really bad night for FOX dependent on if their ad buys are ratings dependent,
    As for my viewing last night ,
    Survivor – Love it this year
    PBS – Charlie Ross interview about Silicon Valley ,
    then watched Prometheus !

  • Ultima

    @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.

    Clearly there’s a conspiracy to hate on The Voice and/or protect The X Factor; either that, or holiday ratings are typically ignored.

    Wow, head scratcher…


    Since CBS was THE NUMBER ONE NETWORK in both 18-49 & total viewers,

    The only thing left to say is GO CBS!!

  • Pepper

    The movie on the CW did better than Gossip Girl originals

  • Zth

    That’s a series low for XFactor. But it will only last one day – expect mid 1s today for it.

  • CrimTV

    None of the new episode ratings on Wed or Thu should be taken into account

  • Max

    Flopfactor is truly awful tv.

  • Owen

    CBS did ok-ish. Surv/CM couple of tenths below their normal ratings and CSI on par.

    SVU should end this season, but it probably will not

  • rob60990

    Honestly, these drops don’t look that bad. Only X Factor had the worst drop which isn’t surprising considering the young skew. Remember when MF fell to a 2.4? That was scary but it bounced back to a 3.8 in its next episode.

  • forg

    Good call for ABC not airing new eps of the sitcoms

  • Barbie

    I don’t want SVU to be canceled — I don’t even watch the show, so, i don’t care either way, but I hope Chicago Fire having higher rates means something. I kinda fell in love with it, and I wish it’d get another season. I know, silly me, falling for an NBC show (except for GRIMM, which was a new prized pet from the start).

  • JRG

    To NBC: When your viewers grow to the point that the 10pm hours has the most, you screwed up royally.

  • TheFollowing

    Crab mentality.

  • Nick

    OK, I get how The X Factor, Survivor, and to some extent Guys With Kids, all have limited schedules, so they can’t take a break. But the rest of CBS & NBC should be in repeats! Idiots.

  • Kangarookeeper

    @NIck: You don’t put on repeats when November sweeps are still ongoing. ABC really screwed up with a repeat of Modern Family. I am sure they expected a much higher rating.

    Why is no-one bringing up the fact that The Voice’s Cassadee Pope has been number one on iTunes for the last 4 days?

  • robin


    It did better than gossip girl, 90210, emily owens, and hart of dixie, and nikita

  • Bigbrotherfan

    NBC is screwing Whitney up. The should of waited until January to air them. They should of pulled Guys with kids as of last week and had it return in January with Whitney. Oh well. They could of just aired this episode last week and it would of been just as appropriate.

    Please do not go on with the Chicago fire upped SVU in viewers. Private practice? Lmao it’s only competition was csi SVU was up against CM, Xfactor, MF and cw programming. CF just CSI and I enjoy both however let’s be real people . I like how on CF they are doing more with kelly’s drug addiction story but these predictable scenarios suck! Why not show the gritty life it could take him. SVU may as well as just aired a repeat I think that’s the 40th time this plot has occurred on the show. Man, I really thought after the season opener and the episodes about the calls girls and the cool twist it was getting come creative juices runnin again!


  • Nick


    I’m sure that whatever worth the networks gain from airing all through sweeps is offset by the loss from those horrific numbers.

    I thought that sweeps were supposed to decide a show’s ad rates for the next few months. If say, Whitney wasn’t on tonight, it’s average for what’s aired in November sweeps, would be 1.4. But since it has, the average is 1.25. If Whitney didn’t air tonight, wouldn’t its ad rate be up ~11%,like its average?

  • Holly


    I thought that sweeps were supposed to decide a show’s ad rates for the next few months.

    Not anymore, at least not for national ads. With the daily information available now, ad rates are set based on the overall performance, not that of a few weeks a year. Where sweeps becomes more important as far as ad rates is the local ad rates for affiliates in smaller markets that can’t afford year-round measurements.

  • Nick


    Thanks for the explanation.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures