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

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

    Nonsense. For the better part of four years, ER was the most watched show on TV at 10pm.

  • Oliver


    NBC has The Biggest Loser/Deception/1600 Penn/Off Their Rockers to promote for January. Launching Whitney now meant it actually got some promo time.

  • Red

    What about Glee? There was a new episode yesterday after X Factor.

  • quban

    How does diamond white rank lower than tate or vino or e3. Maybe because she’s black. She had the judges ready to cry and she still didn’t get voted high. Bumk ass boi group had no emotions in there song. But this is white america and it not right if a black person win.. tate and e3 can poop on stage and they still will win. White people have no styles they conquere and take and claim like they did america..

  • Nick

    Twas a new episode of Glee last night. I remember seeing tons of promos.

    Why aren’t the ratings there?

  • Mickey


    Nonsense. For the better part of four years, ER was the most watched show on TV at 10pm.

    ER was an exception though. Usually the 10 pm shows have lower ratings because fewer people watch at 10 than at 8 or 9. And I love Chicago Fire, it has somehow become the show I look forward to the most each week, but it is nowhere near being a monster hit like ER. So JRG is correct in that if CF at 10 is doing better than SVU, Whitney and GWK, then NBC does in fact have a problem with its Wednesday line-up.

  • Justin121

    If anything, more viewers at 10 pm is GOOD news, for any network.


  • rob60990

    Whitney would have failed no matter when NBC decided to premiere it. The show was a failure last year.

    “How does diamond white rank lower than tate or vino or e3. Maybe because she’s black.”

    Comments like this make me sick.

  • Doc

    Chicago Fire is starting to turn into a legit hit for NBC, I think without Revolution’s lead-in, Chicago Fire might be the only bright spot out of the new fall shows they’ve brought out this year.

    Whitney pretty much kept most of its premiere audience from last week it just dropped unexpectedly in the demo. The problem right now is these two shows (GWK) are going to have to really settle in and its going to take a lot of time. I expect that this will be the last time you see Whitney and GWK this low for the rest of their runs.

  • Jon

    @ Doc…..have you seen Chicago Fire’s ratings each week. It’s treading water and is a toss up right now at best, and that’s being generous

  • Charlie Sheen

    Jon, Chicago Fire is doing just fine and this is a new show without any help. It’s NBC’s first successful procedural in years. Do you remember Prime Suspect last year?

    NBC would be fools if they don’t bring it back.

  • Oliver

    It’s doing no better than Law & Order: LA did in 2010-11, even when you consider the decline of network ratings. It’s barely doing better than Trauma in 2009-10.

  • Suh

    What’s sup with the spins to make Chicago Fire look bad? Wasn’t L&O: LA behind a stronger SVU? Like Charlie was saying you can spin the fact that it is the most successful procedural in years on that network. SPIN THAT ONE! HA HA HA HA!

  • Oliver

    Chicago Fire is doing okay, but I don’t understand why people are exaggerating and spinning it as a hit when it looks like a bubble show.

    Having remembered the existence of Grimm, Chicago Fire isn’t even NBC’s most successful procedural in a typical week. Oh, and there’s Harry’s Law too, which did much better than Chicago Fire despite having The Frickin’ Cape as its lead-in.

  • POIFanatic

    1.4 doesn’t make for a hit. Even giving a bit of a leeway, Chicago Fire is frankly doing just ok considering the previous shows that NBC tried to launch at 10 – Awake and Prime Suspect (which were both brilliant). CF’s a bubble show and people are trying to make it look like a hit. I don’t get it at all.

    @Doc: Revolution and Go On are both behind The Voice. Go On has already fallen to a 2.0, while Revolution hasn’t fallen below a 2.6 at 10pm making it the top-rated NEW SHOW on any network. Spin that one.

  • CBSViewer

    No finals ?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman
  • George

    Of coarse people are going to want to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving since it is about thanking God our creator. And the ones who can really do that the right way are those who are born-again. As Jesus said in John 3:3,Ye must be born again to enter the kingdom of God or to go to God’s heaven. He was God’s Son and came into the world to save sinners by dying for them on the cross and rising from the dead the third day and going back to heaven. An now a person needs to repent of their sins and trust in him as their personal Saviour to go to his heaven. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9. From God’s word, the Holy Bible,King James of 1611. And dont forget to watch the Nativity Story movie on utube or elcewhere. And lets get more shows and movies of the same caliber as well as the Passion of the Christ and Jesus of Nazarath and other biblical movies and shows without bias against them. Sincerely ;

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