Happy Thanksgiving everybody!   And a special thanks to “Travis Yanan” for posting the numbers on the holiday. Show your thanks by following him on Twitter.

Even though CBS won the night, the biggest winner might have been NBC with a two hour The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? which outperformed last week’s combo of Mercy  and Law & Order: SVU.  Everything else was down versus last week.  You can skip ahead to the half hourly data and view the carnage for yourself.  Last week’s results are here.

Some of you might be thinking, “Freaking DUH, it was the night before Thanksgiving!  Of Course things were down! Why do they even bother?”   It’s a reasonable thing to think.  But sometimes you have to remember that TV is an advertising business, and despite lower viewing, advertisers are really, really interested in advertising ahead of the “Black Friday” sales.  So much so that some Thanksgivings the broadcast nets have even aired new episodes on Thanksgiving night itself, though tonight I think the only original programming on the broadcast  networks is Survivor: Samoa (never mind, it’s technically new but is a clip show recap) and The Jay Leno Show!  Everything else is repeats or specials.

Full Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millons)
8:00 NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? 2.5/8 7.60
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 1.8/6 7.01
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.6/5 5.54
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.5/5 4.70
CW Movie: Gracie (R) 0.6/2 1.63
8:30 NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? 2.8/9 7.81
CBS Gary Unmarried 1.9/6 6.80
ABC The Middle 1.8/6 6.00
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 1.7/5 5.05
CW Movie: Gracie (R) 0.4/1 1.19
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.1/9 13.171
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? 2.9/9 7.88
FOX Glee 2.5/7 6.08
ABC Modern Family 2.4/7 7.12
CW Movie: Gracie (R) 0.4/1 1.25
9:30 CBS Criminal Minds 3.2/9 13.85
NBC The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now? 2.8/8 7.50
FOX Glee 2.5/7 6.13
ABC Cougar Town 1.9/6 5.53
CW Movie: Gracie (R) 0.4/1
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.8/8 12.65
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7/5 5.44
ABC Eastwick 1.2/4 3.89
10:30 CBS CSI: NY 2.9/9 12.68
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.5/5 4.79
ABC Eastwick 1.0/3 3.41


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