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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  • richard

    @ ashley from pg 4.

    i disagree. The simpsons hasnt been good since season 5 ended. Family guy has some funny bits, but overall is terrible, and the other 2 macfarlene shows are complete drek. just my opinion.

  • Jay

    Frosty is going to score a 2.0 tonight, bye NBC, ABC, and Flop W.

  • richard

    also, after i read roberts weather post, i had to come back and read all the comments on this post, to see bills comment

  • Sarah

    I don’t watch it, but I kinda feel bad for Glee. Fox should not have had a new episode last night.

  • Guest

    @Charlotte Always

    Quit trying to make the Voice look bigger than it really is the voice never reach that amount of viewers ever again and it was a flop the entire season.

  • chrisss

    Unlike last night, there wasn’t another football game starting when the Super Bowl finished…

  • Dan

    The X Factor did not do bad for Thanksgiving! By the title of this post, I thought it did terrible until I looked at it. It looks like it did a little better than it did on Wednesday night!

  • Charlie Sheen

    The NFL clearly made the right decision moving the Thursday night Thanksgiving game from NFL Network to NBC this year. Even though the game itself was a pure let down on the Jets end it still scored similar to Sunday Night Football so with the right match-up they could do some juggernaut numbers in the future with these games. I can’t wait to see what CBS scores with the Houston-Detroit match-up as that was the best Thanksgiving game in over a decade. More than likely it was the highest of the day. Houston has been getting some extra exposure lately so that should help the national audience get familiar with them if they go to the Super Bowl.

    I think X Factor did well on both nights considering it aired on a holiday, the audience seemed higher than it was 2-3 weeks ago. X Factor is the only thing going good on FOX right now.

  • lll

    sounds like CBS wants to still do a two-hour comedy block on Thursday someday. With those ratings there is hope.

  • Charlotte Always

    @ scoobydoo1962

    This is what Rob initially said

    “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.”

    So I pointed out that The Voice broke all kind of records after the Super Bowl lead in, thus making my point that a singing show like The Voice can and has done good after football making his point absolete. All kind of shows have had a lead in after the SB, but somehow The Voice, a singing show, has done better than a lot of them.

  • Austin Lauran

    Does Modern Family even have a fanbase like The Big Bang Theory and Glee? If it doesn’t have one, then why does it get high ratings? If it does have a fanbase, then it must be a fraction of TBBT’s and Glee’s fanbases.

  • Charlotte Always

    @ “Guest”,

    So The Voice last season was a flop, but had better ratings thant X Factor.. and this cycle of X Factor has even lower ratings than in its 1 season.. how come you don’t consider this season of X Factor a flop? :)

  • Justin121

    “NBC, ABC, and Flop W.”

    We’re doing this for networks now?

    Wow… Just wow…

  • Justin121

    @Austin Lauran

    Glee gets HALF of Modern Family ratings.

    I’m giving you the benifit of the doubt and inform you that you’re probably confusing repeat #’s with originals…

  • DW

    to be fair , glee would of done better last night if it didnt have the good wife as its lead in and football over runs. :)

  • Austin Lauran


    I’m not trying to repeat #’s with originals. When I mentioned that Modern Family gets high ratings, I’m referring to original episodes. I was just asking why Modern Family seems to get higher ratings than Glee in originals even though it probably doesn’t have a fanbase. Do you know why?

  • Joseph

    As huge as the ratings for last night’s (November 22nd) New England/N.Y. Jets game were, this Sunday’s (November 25th) NBC game, Green Bay at New York Giants, should do even better and will likely be the most-watched single program thus far of the 2012/2013 TV season.

    But that mark will probably be broken on December 16th, when the game between San Francisco and New England (a possible Super Bowl preview?) could draw the most viewers for an NFL regular-season game ever.

    And CBS (which will televise Super Bowl XLVII in early February) is hoping not only for a close game, but maybe extremely cold weather in much of the country (and maybe a snowstorm in the major population centers of the East Coast or Midwest) which would insure not just record viewership, but a record-shattering viewership as well.

  • LT


    No way dude. I’m a Pats fan but the 49ers don’t draw viewers. If it was the Pats/Giants or Pats/Packers yes but the 49ers are not a big draw. Very good team but not a huge fanbase. Just check their televised games this season. Average fanbase. Even bad teams like the Jets and Cowboys draw more viewers.

  • JC

    Lets remember last week Glee ratings : 2.1

  • LT

    I can say with full confidence that Packers/Giants will do better ratings than Pats/9ers. The 9ers just don’t hold there end when it comes to ratings.

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