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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.

 
  • Jay

    Glad to see Glee drop like a rock. Keep sliding…… Dreadful show, just awful.

  • DW

    skins/cowboys game will far out do texans/lions as it was the earlier game and you had 2 NFC teams that do very well rating wise.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Wow, Person of Interest‘s 10pm rerun did better than I expected.

    PoI always rerun well. Its dramedy, but with procedural structure so reruns like most of CBS dramas(not like ABC serilezed dramas). By the way this episode “Baby blue” was one of the best of season 1 with quality entertaiment(great sense of humour). Finch on ecstasy is hilarious. Will be shock if USA or TNT not buy POI for syndication till end of the season. Syndication will help and show will grow and in 3-rd season too. Most hit shows grow in first 3 seasons and than start dropping.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The Big Bang Theory repeat beat a Modern Family repeat isn’t odd.I remember last year that MF hit a 6.1 rating.One year later TBBT hit a 5.7 and 17 millions viewers.It seems MF isn’t the favorite comedy anymore.

    And…last night game Pats vs Jets was awesomeeeeeeeeeee.3 touchdowns in 52 seconds.Oh,I love Patriots.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ 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

    Thanks for that. Can you please show one and for sitcoms(top 10). Thanks.

    PS PoI is only one that fall ratings are up with last season fall ratings. Will see in the end of the year, but with this trand i think will be:

    #1 Greys 3.1
    #1 NCIS 3.1
    #2 POI 3.0

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    Thanks for that. Can you please show one and for sitcoms(top 10). Thanks.

    PS PoI is only one that fall ratings are up with last season fall ratings. Will see in the end of the year, but with this trand i think will be:

    #1 Greys 3.1
    #1 NCIS 3.1
    #2 POI 3.0

    Sure, I’ll work on it and post it on the Friday preliminary ratings post tomorrow.

    I think by the end of the season, Grey’s Anatomy will have a 3.3–3.5, because it always gets huge average boosts from the midseason finale/premiere, and the season finale. I agree with your rating assumptions about NCIS and Person of Interest, but I don’t think the latter will beat Once Upon a Time (unless the decline continues, we’ll see Sunday), or Criminal MindsPerson of Interest is not up that significantly from last year. It’ll definitely top Revolution and NCIS: Los Angeles, though, because those continue to drop.

  • Honey Badger

    @Suh
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM “
    “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.”

    Suh, sounds like you know a lot more about sports than me. But I seem to have a knack of picking Championship winners, based on my picking the Giants to win the World Series.
    I think Alex Smith and Randy Moss are cute so the 49ers should win the Super Bowl.
    The New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a cutie too, and his super model wife Gisele Bundchen make good looking kids.
    So I am predicting 49ers vs. Patriots Super Bowl, with the 49ers being the champs.
    This east coast vs. west coast and people tuning in for the commercials and half time will set Super Bowl record for TV viewers.

    It is hard to be this intelligent and look this pretty!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ Melissa

    Once again thanks for the hard work. By the way you work can creat new idea for tv by the numbers. Every week with top 10 scripted shows page (like networks pages) for dramas and comedies. Like your top 10 average, but to be week to week till end of the season. Think will be very interesting there for discussion and will have a lot of comments for the site.

    ps Are you surprise wuth NCIS LA drop? I mean i was expecting CM drop – for me is most boring CBS drama really boring, but NCIS LA drop surprise me to be honest. I think it drop the most from all CBS shows. And no real reason for that tuesday is still bad day for almsot all networks.

  • Petar Ivanov

    youR work not you. sorry. edit button please.

    And ‘with’ not wuth. sorry.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Once again thanks for the hard work. By the way you work can creat new idea for tv by the numbers. Every week with top 10 scripted shows page (like networks pages) for dramas and comedies. Like your top 10 average, but to be week to week till end of the season. Think will be very interesting there for discussion and will have a lot of comments for the site.”

    We already do the top 25 broadcast shows each week, by adults 18-49 and viewership.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/11/20/tv-ratings-broadcast-top-25-sunday-night-football-again-tops-week-8-viewing-among-adults-18-49-and-is-number-1-with-total-viewers/158407/

    As you can see, it’s not a particularly heavily commented on post. And while you can’t see it, it gets very few pageviews.

    Posting the season to date information wouldn’t likely change that, so it wouldn’t be worth the time to do it.

  • Sean

    I didn’t read all the comments but is FOX going to designate its original programming last night as a “Special” the same way say ABC did for its Thanksgiving Eve Modern Family last year so it won’t count toward the average?

  • Maximillian

    @Bill

    I had no idea about this — you should post it in the Featured section at the end of the week. Ill look out for this weekly now.

  • Alex

    Glee deserved that rating. It was so dumb and boring. Again full of characters I don’t care about including the warblers, and with too much Blaine. I’ve had enough of Blaine already.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I had no idea about this — you should post it in the Featured section at the end of the week. Ill look out for this weekly now.”

    Unlikely, simply because they are not popular posts, but you can find them under the Weekly tab in the gray nav bar above at “Broadcast Top 25″

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I didn’t read all the comments but is FOX going to designate its original programming last night as a “Special” the same way say ABC did for its Thanksgiving Eve Modern Family last year so it won’t count toward the average?”

    I’m not sure if we’ll know before we see all the week’s ratings next Tuesday, but you realize that “special” designation is 100% for PR purposes? It changes none of the economics for the show or the network.

  • mark

    Considering the 8:30-9:00 portion of X Factor got 8.3 million, I’d bet to say that the 8:17-8:30 portion got 9-10 million viewers, which is very solid.

    Are we getting Wednesday/Thursday finals this week or do we have to wait till Monday?

  • aron

    am a fan of glee and the xfactor i watched the xfactor despite the delay, but i always watch glee on on demand, the next day glee is pretty awesome Fox isnt going to cancel it this year probally next year, fox is sinking all their shows. if its anybody’s fault of the low ratings its fox hopefully fox will be right mid season with american idol, hopefully AL have solid ratings

  • ToXiX

    Lets see how low you can go Glee :D

    1.3’s at the end of the season ? :)

  • Brian J

    Does anyone think CBS is far more likely than not to air four sitcoms on Thursday next season?

    If it does, will it shift “TBBT” to the 9:00 hour, or move “TAHM” or a new show there? My guess is that it moves “TAHM” to 9:00 for one final season, moves “POI” to 10:00, and then sandwiches two new comedies in between. Or maybe it moves a show like “M&M.”

  • Sean

    @Bill

    Yeah I get that. I guess FOX is stuck trying to air X Factor in fall (They gotta get it done and are probably asking themselves wtf were we thinking with this scheduling nightmare of a show?), and on the plus side, that was a fairly stand alone episode of Glee that stunk worse than usual so probably best to not have many eyeballs on it anyway.

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