TV Ratings Thursday: 'Glee' Ties 'Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular' as Football Wins Thanksgiving

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November 29th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/18 2.1/7 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/18 1.7/6 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 17.591 7.352 4.162 3.276 1.672 1.076

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, NFL Football (Ravens/Steelers) earned a preliminary 6.0 adults 18-49 rating down 3 percent from a preliminary 6.2 for last night's Thanksgiving game.

On ABC, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 45 percent from last Thanksgiving's 1.1. Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular garnered a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent from a 1.2 for last Thanksgiving's Bad 25 and tying Glee, which 10 percent of you accurately predicted.

On FOX The X Factor earned a series low 1.0 down 33 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating and down 64 percent from last Thanksgiving's 2.8. Glee notched a series low 0.9  down 36 percent from last week’s series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and down 40 percent from last Thanksgiving's 1.5. FOX designated both programs as specials, so these low numbers won’t count for either show’s overall ratings average.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 28, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Football (Live)/The Big Bang Theory -R 4.9/17 15.853
NBC Football Night in America - Live 3.9/13 12.52
ABC A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving- R 1.6/5 5.39
FOX The X Factor 1.0/3 3.75
CW You Again (8-10PM) 0..2/1 1.08
8:30 NBC NFL Football (Steelers/Ravens) - Live 6.0/19 18.61
CBS The Crazy Ones - R 2.7/9 9.12
9:00 CBS The Crazy Ones - R 1.6/5 5.54
ABC Modern Family - R 1.1/3 3.43
FOX Glee 0.9/3 2.80
9:30 ABC Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular 0.9/3 3.62
CBS The Crazy Ones - R 1.1/3 4.28
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 1.1/3 4.66


Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/10 (delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment); CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.4/8 (delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment); "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/7 in metered-market households, delayed by an NFL overrun, subject to adjustment) 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" (0.9/6 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/5 in metered-market households with an encore delayed by an NFL overrun (subject to adjustment), and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Matt

    Was expecting worse for Glee and better for Muppets.

  • Dillan

    Surprised The X Factor didn’t fall below a 1.0.

  • Clarke

    OUCH for Glee…I know it was a holiday but those are atrocious numbers for Fox. Truly awful. WHY didn’t Fox just air holiday specials instead?????

  • Greg

    Congratulations, FOX. You just killed Glee.

    Oh well, at least they have another season already in the works.

  • Zee King

    0.9 IS worse for glee

  • Jesse

    Bout what I expected kind of late for the Muppets core audience & Lady Gaga has lost her sheen.

  • Nathan

    OUCH! @ Glee..

  • Charlie

    Glee was already dead anyway. These numbers make me so happy. Such a poorly made show… Bye bye.

  • Aria

    So, pretty much everything(except ‘you again’ of course) beat the new episode of Glee? lol

  • Dan S

    For what it’s worth Gaga beat Glee in total viewers. I guess we’ll have to wait & see if the final numbers break the 0.9 tie in the demo.

  • Charlie

    I wonder what FOX will do with Glee next year. There is no recovering from this. The show will rebound a bit during it’s next episode but it’ll be pulling these numbers again by spring if not lower.

    If they must go ahead with the final season they should release it on DVD without even airing it. It’ll be getting below a 0.5 next year.. Anything would do better than that. People just don’t like the show any more.

  • Marc

    Those are some pretty good numbers for the CrazyOnes!!!!

  • Poppy

    No figuring out Fox this season? Why show originals and then designate them as “specials” embarrassing for the series and its fans, repeats beating them, “specials” or not. smh

  • Kaylie

    Gaga was amazing last night.

  • Tom

    Why are people so mean to shows they don’t like? Why are they happy when they do bad while other people likes them? If you don’t like a show, simply don’t watch it but you are constantly bashing shows, like Glee. In what way does it affect you? I think we should respect what we all like. Please don’t bash me beacuse of saying this, I’m just asking kindly because it gets annoying, and don’t tell me “we all can express our opinion”, “don’t pay attention to my comment”, etc. I’m just referring to comments like “it makes me happy Glee is doing bad” or that they make fun of it.
    Honestly, I don’t think any of those persons would like seeing their show failing. It just makes me sick people always needs to bash.

  • HalCapone

    Wow, Crazy Ones did absolutely terrible. No one wanted to watch it after the football/Big Bang lead-in boost. It is one of many CBS turkeys this Fall for sure.

  • DenverDean

    Can’t really compare XF and Glee to last year because FOX had the late game (Redskins v. Cowboys) as the lead-in to XF – CBS had Texans at Lions. This year, it’s flipped, so FOX wasn’t surprised at the low ratings.

  • Brad

    Fox must be thrilled to be stuck with Glee for another Season. What a winner!

  • Charlie

    Glee is a dreadful show that is taking up space on a schedule. A new show could be given a chance in its place – and maybe the new show will be equally as bad, or worse, but maybe it’d be better.

    I find the show outright offensive.

  • Kaylie

    Just a thought. Glee used to get 10 million more than this every episode just 2-3 years ago. What a huge decline. This show is officially done.

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