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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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 baseball 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.

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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.

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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “If Twitter last night is any indication – and maybe it isn’t, “

    Twitter is an indication of, Twitter.

  • Beth

    I think it was kinda stupid to have a new Glee last night, jmo.

  • xyz

    All this “it’s a shame Glee was on Thanksgiving! It was good!” is moot. If the Glee episode was really that engaging, they would have held onto their X-Factor lead-in and not dropped almost an entire point in the demo. Hard truths.

  • michelle

    WOW!! i didn’t even LOOK at glee ratings. x factor will definitely adjust down, but only to about a 2.3 in looking at those numbers. not bad!

    they’ll have to cut production costs next season but anyone who thinks fox isn’t hanging onto them for their dear life is nuts!!

  • Ali

    Thanksgiving or not, it’s clear Glee has lost the plot completely. The show is already in its fourth season (will be ok for syndication by end of season), if the ratings keep sliding, I dont think it will be renewed.

  • Katy

    So true xyz

  • rob60990

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

    Perfectly aware of it and when The Voice lost more than half its lead-in.

  • rob60990

    meant even, not when.

  • Eve

    I know it was Thanksgiving and all, but Glee was the only scripted tv show with a new episode. To drop to a 1.5/4.447 is nothing short of embarrassing. Glee is taking a dramatic plunge into the abyss this season, and as a former fan, it’s pretty painful to watch.

  • Oliver


    Look at the rest of Fox’s ratings. Glee would need to collapse for them to cancel it.

    Next year it might be in danger, but it’s safe this year.

  • bmond

    Completely agree xyz, and losing in the main demo is what Fox really cares about. It’ll be interesting to see how low it might go, considering the 9PM hour was 20 minutes of X-Factor overrun. They really should cancel it after this season, they are losing the main audience fast (even without it being Thanksgiving).

  • tv_viewer

    Last year the preliminary ratings for ABC’s A Very Gaga Thanksgiving were 1.8 at 9:30 pm and a 1.6 rating for the 10 pm hour.

    If ABC promised a 1.5 rating for Bad, then the advertisers who paid ABC to air their commercials should have known they will get “Bad” news this morning.

  • matt

    people watch a repeat of 2 broke girls, which is kind of terrible, instead of Bad 25? What’s wrong with people?

  • Oliver

    Glee is the first episode of original scripted television to be broadcast by a major network on Thanksgiving in 5 years. Its ratings demonstrate why networks don’t broadcast anything new on Thanksgiving rather than anything about Glee itself.

  • Guest

    I did not know there was a Michael Jackson special. Had I known I would have definitely tuned in!

  • Charlotte Always

    @ rob60990,

    “Following the game, the second-season premiere of “The Voice” pulled in NBC’s biggest non-sports ratings since the “Friends” finale in 2004. The show drew 37.6 million viewers and a 16.3 rating among adults 18-49.

    “The Voice’s” total-viewer number trails only “Undercover Boss” (38.6 million in 2010) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (37.9 million in 2006) among Super Bowl lead-outs in the past 10 years, and its 18-49 rating is the best since the “Grey’s” telecast.”

  • Jake

    · THE X FACTOR/GLEE (S): 2.3/7
    · GLEE (S): 1.5/5
    · GLEE/VARIOUS (S): 1.1/4

  • Justin121

    Haha at Glee.

    The X Factor above 2.0 only makes it look worse :D

  • DW

    who knew that sad nerds would watch tbbt reruns on thanksgiving. sorry for generalizing not all nerds are sad. :)

  • Joseph A

    Anyone catch the new best comedy last night on NBC ,

    The Jets / Patriots game , during the 2nd quarter where the Jets gave up 21 points in less then 1 NY minute was the funniest thing I have seen in Pro Football or NBC in a decade !

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