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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  • rob60990

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

    At this point, no. If there was any season to do it, it would have been this one. The Monday sitcoms are much weaker. How I Met Your Mother & 2.5 Men are likely to be ending in a year or so. CBS doesn’t have enough sitcoms right now.

  • Trew

    People need to stop blaming Thanksgiving for the awful Glee ratings. It did worse than shows on CBS that were repeats. That’s bad. The show is a hot mess these days and the ratings reflect that.

  • Thom

    Patriots-Jets game was totally one sided!
    Pass the gravy!

  • Glue

    Glee was on thanksgiving. It will get better ratings – Idiots. — -.+

  • The End

    Slightly offtopic but as there’s no post on here about it.

    R.I.P Larry Hagman, one of the greats in the industry, died recently.

  • askmelast79

    “@ 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″

    I’m just curious about how much TPTB pay attention to averages as compared to trends. Personally, if I were in charge of the money, I would look at trends. Averages only give a snapshot of how the season did as, well, an average. For example, if a show has larger numbers at the beginning of the season, and then drops consistently over time (I’m looking at you, Grey’s), then it would stand to reason that alarm bells would be ringing by season end. It’s like getting a C in a class that you did very well on the early exams, but as time progressed, then the grades started slipping. Can you honestly say that you deserved a passing grade on material that you couldn’t even pass at the end of the semester? Averages don’t really give the whole picture.

  • Drew Stromberg

    Hey Suh(page 6), On behalf of SF Giants Fans, SCREW YOU!

  • KJ Styles

    The Michael Jackson special should have been promoted better. It was really good. I changed the channel from that awful Pats/Jets game at halftime. The Jets are a joke.

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