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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  • Mike

    Remember when they would air a Michael Jackson special and it would get huge ratings?

  • Guest

    Yay for XFactor!


    Those ratings for ABC as the special would say, just “Bad”

    CBS reruns outscored ABC & CW (a given) & 1st half of Glee

    FOX may be adjusted down w/ XFac, but have to wait for finals “1-2-3..”

    FB wins again for NBC (get while you can) as it is the Thanksgiving tradition

  • Oliver

    Looks like Glee isn’t reviving original scripted on Thanksgiving.

    CBS proving how much better multi-camera sitcoms repeat compared to single-camera sitcoms.

  • Dillan

    So around 2.5/2.3 for X Factor? I would say that’s pretty good.

  • Ryan Craig

    If Twitter last night is any indication – and maybe it isn’t, who knows – then Bad25 on ABC may increase fairly substantially in live + 3 and live + 7.

  • Dan

    Glee will probably get 1 more final season

  • Pundit

    Even the biggest POS NFL game in a long time wins the night.

  • Joseph

    BATB repeat had more viewers than a VD repeat, interesting. Still 0.2 for both of them.

  • bmond

    a 1.5 for glee without the xfactor help. yikes.

  • Charlotte Always

    rob60990, I’m guessing you’re not aware with how The Voice did after the Super Bowl.

  • Fredi

    Yay for TBBT!

  • Melissa

    The fact that The Big Bang Theory did better rerunning at 9, proves that the show could do amazing in that timeslot.

  • Charlotte Always

    @ Remote Patrolled, the fact that it started 20 minutes late is part of the reason why ratings are in the 2’s. It will be adjusted down, a lot.

  • Meej

    I hate Michael Jackson. So glad that Bad 25 lost to reruns!

  • Josh

    I think 2 Broke Girls should have been moved to Thursday’s after Big Bang Theory rather than Two and a Half Men. Even though it’s a repeat, it did very well.

  • LoriB196

    Thanksgiving night is typically a bad night anyway for any show. Football will always rule that night. Considering,(and averaging the numbers) both X Factor and Glee did alright. I agree that Glee will probably get renewed, but Season 5 will be the last.

    Oh – and last night’s episode of Glee was by far the best one yet (since The Break up)

  • michelle

    very good results. sure, the x factor will adjust down but definitely NOT into the 1’s which most people were predicting.

    and it gave glee a decent push as well.

    not nearly as bad as i was expecting

  • michelle


    umm, it was thanksgiving day and the xfactor was up against a little football game that featured a little team called the patriots…you might have heard of them. i hear their quarterback is a pretty famous and draws ratings/crowds.

    just sayin’

  • JC

    1.5 for Glee and people are happy. I guess they were expecting worse. Also Glee was the only show with a new episode.

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