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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
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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
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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
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9:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.6 5 6.138
FOX Glee  1.5  5  4.447
 ABC

Bad 25 (9:30-11PM)

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

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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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Definitions:

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.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

 
  • ToXiX

    Thursday comedy block would be far better for Cbs than trying to save Monday’s.
    they ruined Monday moving two and a half men and airing Partners.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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. “

    We should get some sort of game by game breakdown in the NFL wrap up press release that should come mid-week next week, but I’d be pretty surprised if that game beat Cowboys/Redskins. While beating the Cowboys on the field isn’t that difficult, beating their games in the ratings is very difficult.

  • Justin121

    @Austin Luran

    Don’t you think Supernatural has a fanbase bigger than both Glee and TBBT — combined?

    Fans & Fanbase are two totally different things and have been for a long time.

  • Austin Lauran

    @Justin121

    I thought a fanbase was a group of fans who like a TV show, movie, etc.

  • Justin121

    Well, there’s a bigger group that likes ModFam than Glee.

    Don’t know how to explain it further…

  • Katy

    The thing with glee is that they use the vets sparingly and are trying to franchise with new people

  • jo

    big bang is so dumb i like mf more

  • Charlie Sheen

    “We should get some sort of game by game breakdown in the NFL wrap up press release that should come mid-week next week, but I’d be pretty surprised if that game beat Cowboys/Redskins. While beating the Cowboys on the field isn’t that difficult, beating their games in the ratings is very difficult.”

    I still would be shocked if that game did beat the Cowboys as the Cowboys is usually the highest rated game of the day I’m just a bit concerned about the blow out impacting the numbers, RGIII beat them early. The Lions usually draw 30 million most Thanksgiving and since this one went deep into overtime and was a very good quality game with a playoff atmosphere I think it drew around the number the Lions got a couple of years ago against the Patriots.

  • Charlie Sheen

    “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.”

    Remember the quality of the game plays a huge part in these numbers so if the 49ers/Saints game goes deep it will outdraw the Packers/Giants. The late games usually outdraw the SNF game in most cases. I expect that Texans/Lions to be the biggest draw of the season so far but remember also Peyton’s return game got 28 million. Cowboys/Giants got 27 million last year I think the game will get close to that number but not beat it.

  • Melissa

    Wow, Person of Interest‘s 10pm rerun did better than I expected. Oh, if anyone’s interested, here’s this year’s top ten network dramas so far, ranked by up-to-date seasonal 18–49 averages:

    1. Grey’s Anatomy, ABC – 3.5
    2. NCIS, CBS – 3.4
    3. Once Upon a Time, ABC – 3.3
    4. Revolution, NBC – 3.1
    5. Criminal Minds, CBS – 3.0
    6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS – 3.0
    7. Person of Interest, CBS – 2.9
    8. Revenge, ABC – 2.7
    9. Elementary, CBS – 2.4
    10. Bones, FOX – 2.1

    Kudos to CBS for having half of the top ten network dramas.

  • Sarah

    lol glee. And the episode last night sucked! Glee is losing it all; it’s fans; its quality; music and actors/actresses. lol

  • E.S.

    Michael Jackson’s career summit was the “Thriller” album. “Bad” was popular in 1987, but it hasn’t aged well. I’m not surprised that a special commemorating that album got low ratings.

  • Kaylie

    That was an amazing episode of Glee. One of the best that season. Season 4 is so far a lot better than the third. Im sure those who wanted to watch X Factor, weren’t going to wait around anymore. I hope Glee rebounds next week. With American Idol being Glee’s lead-in in midseason, I hope Glee can rebound off those numbers.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Bill Gorman
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM ”
    “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. “

    We should get some sort of game by game breakdown in the NFL wrap up press release that should come mid-week next week, but I’d be pretty surprised if that game beat Cowboys/Redskins. While beating the Cowboys on the field isn’t that difficult, beating their games in the ratings is very difficult.”

    Of course the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl this year with the highest TV ratings ever.
    Combine this with the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, and San Francisco rules all!
    So let it be said, so let it be done.
    As my predictions come true (I predicted the Giants winning the World Series), place your bets now and win big money
    It is hard to be this intelligent and look this pretty!

  • Samuel

    @Charlotte Always, you are talking about 2 extremely different scenarios. The Voice did good after the Super Bowl because everyone just left their TV on and there wasn’t anything else to watch. NBC’s football game came on right after Fox’s did, so major football fans just changed the channel and started watching that game. Get your facts straight before saying things like “your argument is invalid”, because YOUR argument is invalid.

  • Katy

    Glees ratings havent risen with ai as its lead in since season 1

  • aiden

    the show was up in wiewers i hope next up in 3 again! love x factor!

  • Charlotte Always

    @ Samuel, that still doesn’t explain why The Voice, a singing show, did so well compared to other types of shows after a Super Bowl lead in the last decade.

    X Factor on thursday had higher viewers apparently than on wednesday, for the first time ever which is obviously because of the football lead in, I’m surprised that you and some others are still trying to prove me wrong on this.

  • Suh

    “Of course the San Francisco 49ers will win the Super Bowl this year with the highest TV ratings ever.
    Combine this with the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, and San Francisco rules all!
    So let it be said, so let it be done.
    As my predictions come true (I predicted the Giants winning the World Series), place your bets now and win big money
    It is hard to be this intelligent and look this pretty!”

    49ers aint winning no Super Bowl this year, it’ll be Houston or New England.

    Nobody watched the Giants win the World Series.

  • LoriB196

    Kaylie – I agree with you.
    Airing on Thanksgiving was a crapshot anyway

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