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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  • Charlotte Always

    @ DW, said nerds are probably not that into football. :)

  • DW

    @ Charlotte. there must be a lot of nerds on the jets then because they sure played like they weren’t into football. :)

  • Lurker

    I find it funny that the picture with this post is of Pats’ TE Rob Gronkowski, who didn’t play last night because he broke his arm last Sunday.

  • Charlotte Always

    Don’t ever let a Jets player hold your baby!

  • Ashley

    It appears that Fox has turned into the new NBC where all their showing are sinking. Fox better wake up and figure this out b/c it’s getting pretty ugly. I used to love Fox shows back in the day when it was hip, fresh and innovative, ie Ally McBeal and even Melrose Place. Then they did great with 24. Now it seems all their current non-animated shows are not funny and just awful to watch.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I find it funny that the picture with this post is of Pats’ TE Rob Gronkowski, who didn’t play last night because he broke his arm last Sunday.

    Oops! Picture swapped out.

  • SarahL

    I was wondering how Bad 25 would do. I think that they should have made and aired it not long after Michael died. It feels very dated now.

  • Kenny

    Bad 25 was outstanding! Even though the numbers are not

  • were123

    Wow, that’s really low for Glee, and there wasn’t competition… yet it was on thanksgiving, so ratings for this day doesn’t really count… right?

  • Ulises

    Glee deserves more raiting !!!!

  • Potato

    @XYZ– I dunno, it seems to me like Glee is not the greatest show for sitting around and watching with your entire family. Not defending it, the ratings are clearly going down, but I do think a lot of regular viewers will be forced to resort to Hulu on last night’s.

    @DW– Nerds don’t like “The Big Bang Theory.” They did at first, but after a couple years it became clear the show was just making fun of them.

  • ansen


    I’d say when you lose almost a full demo from X-Factor and 2 million or so viewers, it still says a lot. Glee is fumbling this season.

  • George

    “Dynamic duets” is one of the best episodes of this season. Next week will be much better.

  • Kavyn

    Puh-lease, us nerds watch Community, not TBBT ;)

    And by watch Community, I mean online.

  • leonard

    Glee in your series low, again.

  • scoobydoo1962

    @ Charlotte Always

    So, The Voice still lost more than half of the Super Bowl’s audience. Like Rob said. Your point?

  • Don Juan

    wow the CBS comedies repeat on a holiday did better then a lot of the first run comedies on non holidays of other networks

  • LT

    I was loving the Pats putting another beatdown on the Jets. Tom Brady is my President!

  • RJ

    I can only imagine how ABC’s comedies will do tonight…..yikes.

  • Stacey

    I’m not surprised that Glee dropped that much from X Factor. A lot of people who might put up with watching a singing performance show like X Factor probably wouldn’t care to watch a scripted musical show that they haven’t been following, or watch two hours in a row of musical type programming. It’s a family holiday where many people have to negotiate what they’re going to watch on tv. Not to mention the gay content of Glee being an issue for some people and so forth. Call it fan excuse bingo but I can see why X Factor might do okay and Glee might do worse on a night like last night.

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