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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  • TV Viewer

    Repeating what CC wrote; At 9:30 The Crazy Ones did better than Lady Gaga and the Muppets in both the 18 – 49 demo and total viewers So why is Lady Gaga listed first – computer misprint error?

  • Sparrow

    I’m one of the 0.2 that watched You Again lol.

  • KC

    @Niallerz24 – doubtful – the show is still in production and filming – they have already filmed up through Ep 10 and will have filmed over half of the season’s episodes by the time it comes back on 2/25 @ 8:00. Also, contracts and agreements already in place for a full season 5 and 6.

    @Charlie – go away

  • s0303

    tco did pretty good…of course inflated by football, but the lowest rated episode did just as well as modern family repeat…

    glee ratings don’t really matter much since its ending next season anyway…question is if fox is smart enough to cancel xfactor…

  • Charlie

    KC – no.

  • 728huey

    So NBC can finally crow about winning Thursday night in primetime. “Suck it Charlie Brown and GaGa!” “How do you like that black eye, CBS?” “We slayed FOX last night! What did the FOX say? How about, ‘Please don’t kick our ass, NBC.’ ”

    Granted, NBC had football last night while CBS ran repeats and ABC ran holiday specials, yet a rerun of TBBT still beat NBC’s pre-game football coverage. But considering how awful NBC has been on Thursday nights this fall (Must NOT See TV), they need something to cheer about.

  • Sarah

    I wonder if Glee will be adjusted down

  • Brad


    At any time Fox can reduce the order. Contracts can be altered and broken especially if certain benchmarks were put in place (I.e. Terrible ratings). It’s not getting a full Sixth Season. No way. And before any babbles on, iTunes sales mean nothing.

  • Pepper

    The fact that four CW shows could easily beat the X Factor and Glee must be humiliating for Fox

  • Noel

    Wow even elementary did better than glee and it was a repeat. Long live elementary!

  • Jamie04

    @Brad – since when do you work for FOX?

    I agree that things can be changed, but it’s way too early for these predictions.

  • Charlie

    Glee’s season 6 ratings:
    6×01 – 1.3
    6×02 – 1.1
    6×03 – 0.9
    6×04 – 1.0
    6×05 – 0.8
    6×06 – 0.6
    6×07 – 0.7
    6×08 – 1.0 (Glee tributes holocaust survivors)
    6×09 – 0.6
    6×10 – 0.5
    6×11 – 0.4
    6×12 – 0.8 (Glee tributes Michael Jackson, again)
    6×13 – 0.4
    6×14 – 0.7 (glee cast sing Madonna hits while paying tribute to dying African children )
    6×15 – 1.1 (glee tributes cast member who committed suicide to reverse plummeting ratings)

    Etc etc

  • Brad


    It’s common sense. Contracts can be changed and they have benchmarks. The show will get canceled and/or reduced if ratings are poor. A 2 year renewal doesn’t just happen out of Foxs good heart.

    The show has growth similar to The OC. And we all know that show got a reduced final season order.

  • Brad

    I do like how the episode won’t play in to the average of Glee, but a tribute episode of someone who ODed is.

  • Jazmin

    The Gaga special was appalling. Had to tune it out 10 minutes in – too bad, because my daughter’s a big Miss Piggy fan. If this is the direction the Muppets are going in, Disney should ditch them – they make the company look bad.

  • Jay


    Lets be realistic here, glee won’t go down to .4 next season it will probably hover around 1.0-1.9, even Fox’s comedies aren’t that low.

  • Daley

    Oh my, can these types of postings stop please?
    I get it, some people LOVE Glee, others HATE it.
    As said many times above, last nights ratings DO NOT count in the show’s season ratings, so it’s really not worth debating at all!

  • Marc

    @Charlie… did you buy your christmas tree yet. Don’t get suckered into that sad christmas tree this year. Perhaps your hatred of life will disappear. Ask Santa to make sure your holiday season is full of holiday cheer and glee. Oh wait, maybe just holiday cheer.

  • Charlie

    @jay I like that you say 0.4 is unrealistic but ignore the ‘tributes’ to dying African children and holocaust survivors like they’ll actually happen, and really, it wouldn’t surprise me if glee sunk that low either.

    As someone else said – the episode after Corey’s suocide got factored into the shows average. Such poor taste.

  • Eric McInnis

    Just so everyone knows, Charlie is a troll trying to get Glee fans angry. Just wanted to point that out. ;)

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