TV Ratings Thursday: It's a Thanksgiving Feast for Football, Not so Much for 'Glee', Michael Jackson or 'The X Factor'

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November 23rd, 2012

Scoreboard NBC FOX CBS ABC CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.8/18 3.1/10 1.7/5 1.2/4 0.2/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.9/19 2.8/11 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.2/1 x
Total Viewers (million) 15.929 9.401 6.827 4.202 0.819 x

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), & FOX (Football Overruns)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and in Total Viewers.

On FOX, NFL Overruns delayed the start of primetime by 17 minutes, which means these numbers are scrambled and subject to change.

On ABC the Bad 25  special earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC, the Thanksgiving Jets/Pats matchup earned a preliminary 6.2 adults 18-49 rating


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 22, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX NFL Overrun (8-8:17PM) 6.0 20 17.949
NBC Football Night in America 3.7 12 10.891
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 1.8 6 7.113
ABC Charlie Brown Thanksgiving -R 1.2 4 4.053
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.794
8:30PM NBC NFL Football (Pats/Jets)  6.2  20
FOX The X Factor 2.5 8 8.316
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.8 6 6.766
9:00PM FOX The X Factor/Glee 2.3 7 6.891
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.0 6 7.341
ABC Modern Family -R 1.0 3 3.441
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.2 1 0.845
9:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.6 5 6.138
FOX Glee  1.5  5  4.447

Bad 25 (9:30-11PM)

1.2 4
10:00 CBS Person of Interest -R 1.3 4 6.801


Late night ratings:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.8/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Philipp

    It was stupid to air the best episode Glee has ever done on Thanksgiving. Yet the ratings are ok, considering it was aired on Thanksgiving.

  • taylor

    not bad for x-factor. people were predicting mid-1’s yesterday

  • American

    NBC announcement soon about winning first Thursday in so many years…just wait.

  • marcos

    I think the best episode glee ever done is The break-up. period.

  • Carmen

    All things considered, The X-Factor didn’t do all that badly last night.

  • rob60990

    X Factor’s ratings are approximate due to NFL overrun. It may adjust down.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Good result for X Factor – rising on last week and on Thanksgiving. People said it would be in the 1’s. Plus it started 20 mins late (damn you Fox scheduling – again!)

    Headline is misleading!

  • Alan

    So bad for Glee! I can see it ending next year.

  • Raul

    X factor is a great show to watch!!! maybe some new viewers got to see what they are missing !!!!! hands down best talent show on TV !!!! yes,it is better than the voice!!! when they establish an artist anywhere around the world or in USA , i may watch . . . . until then X-factor it is, their record speaks for itself !!!!!!!!

  • Gabe

    Terrible ratings for Glee despite one of the best episodes so far. Series low?

  • Baqinardo

    Xfactor couldnt even crack 3.0 with that big lead.

  • Kavyn

    @Remote If XFactor was 20 minutes late then there’s a good chance it’ll adjust (most likely down).

  • rob60990

    “Xfactor couldnt even crack 3.0 with that big lead.”

    In X Factor’s defense, I’m sure majority of football viewers just tuned into the NBC game. Football’s audience isn’t interested in a singing show.

  • Stacey

    I know Glee was delayed at least 20 minutes for some people because I’ve seen complaints by people that they lost the end of the show on their DVRs due to the overrun. Also, interesting Glee went up in viewers this week over last but down in the demo. I’m expecting adjustments in the finals for X Factor and probably Glee.

    Regarding last night’s Glee ep, it really was one of the best episodes they’ve ever done.

  • a p garcia

    FOX should have kept Glee on Tuesday like last year.

  • Ultima

    NBC announcement soon about winning first Thursday in so many years…just wait.

    Yeah, because this is the first time NBC has every aired a Thursday night NFL game… :roll:

  • Max


    Other than UK & US versions every other The Voice (including the biggest populace country in the world-China) has had an artist go gold or platinum…it’s only time (Season 3?) for the same to happen over here.

  • rob60990

    1.5 for Glee?

  • s0303

    not surprised xfactor did okay since it had football as a lead in…

  • cc

    TBBT rerun vs a Modern Family rerun. No contest.

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