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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  • Scott

    “FOX designated both these shows as specials, so these low numbers won’t count for the overall average”

    Problem 1: “Low numbers”
    Problem 2: “X Factor at series low” (1.0)
    Problem 3: “Glee at a series low” (0.9)
    Problem 4: “Glee down 40 percent from last Thanksgiving”
    Problem 5: “X Factor down 33 percent from last week”

    Huge problem: “X Factor falls 64 percent from last Thanksgiving”

  • Charlie

    Exactly, Kaylie. And holiday or not, 2 million is not acceptable. The show is in constant decline and hits new lows every couple of episodes. It’ll finish in the 1 millions. What an embarrassment.

  • KC

    @Charlie – offensive? Then why do you watch it?

    @Tom – Agreed!

  • Bill

    I agree with Tom,

  • Goonie Googoe

    X Factor last season had 2.8 on Thanksgiving. 1.0 for this year means it’s a HUGE drop. The show is done for.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Does that first TCO repeat episode have any football inflation, or is that rating purely pumped up by its lead-in?

  • What the FOX

    All the REPEATS on CBS and ABC did better than X Factor and GLEE.

  • Laura

    @Charlie – why on earth would Glee make a made to DVD final season? In what way does that make any sense what so ever? Glee’s ratings are tanking this season, no question, but this is a holiday rating, and as stated above, doesn’t even count towards Glee’s average. I’m sure Fox aren’t that pleased with Glee’s ratings this season, but they know it’s ending in 2015 anyway, so I doubt it’s even that high on their list of priorities. I 100% think they’ll follow through on the 2 season renewal, but I’d say it’s would be more likely that they scrapped a 6th season than made a straight to DVD season. That would just lose them a fortune, plus totally wouldn’t work with Glee’s song sales. But really, I very much doubt Fox are going to do anything at all with Glee next year other than produce and air a final season… I get that you don’t like the show but really, it’s ending in about 18 months anyway, and in the mean time you could just, you know, not watch it.

  • christian


    X Factor had the football lead-in last year.

  • Blake

    I wonder how Glee will do this spring kicking off FOX Tuesday without a lead-in (not that X-Factor is much of a lead-in anymore). Will it do worse than Dads/Brooklyn 9-9? Will it hurt New Girl?

    Good to see good ole Charlie going up this year.

  • Rob R

    Charlie– After 37 more new episodes of “Glee” are produced and aired on FOX, you won’t have to worry about it anymore. 37 more contractually obligated episodes.

  • CBSviewer

    Great for The Crazy Ones :)

  • Dr. TV

    I am thankful for all of the laughs provided by comments made on this site.

  • Mike

    Crazy ones repeated better than an original ep of the millers with about the same lead in ratings point

    Fox cancel xfactor now

  • cc

    Why is Gaga listed ahead of The Crazy Ones?

  • Epidrone

    @halcapone I don’t think CBS is too upset about last night. It probably brought new eyes to TCO and that Elementary episode had aired 3x, had a 20 minute overrun, and still beat Hostages. It was near TGW numbers for a Thanksgiving repeat, lol. They beat FOX and ABC. Not a bad night for them, all things considered.

  • Niallerz24

    FOX can cut the episode count for this season in the next few weeks if the ratings don’t improve. They are contracted for another season but with these ratings it will probably be a max of 13 episodes, if not 10.

  • Charlie

    I’m pretty sure Glee is responsible for the rectal prolapse I suffered last year when I was forced to watch it with a friend.

  • Charlie

    By the way, Glee is below several of the CW shows now – lol

  • Alex

    I bet Glee’s Live +3 ratings are huge this week. Still a pretty bad number against limited competition. But then again, Thanksgiving is the football holiday, not the Glee holiday.

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