On a Thanksgiving night of repeats and specials CBS topped the broadcast adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership, although its (and NBC’s) results are likely inflated by the local NFL broadcasts.

Unfortunately, because of the way the ratings arrive from the our initial source, several of the shows in the table below are split along the half hours and I don’t have the accurate complete show ratings for them. I will adjust if our alternate source information arrives.

Among last nights specials, Fox’s Ice Age; A Mammoth Christmas drew a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, and Happiness is A Warm Blanket Charlie Brown drew a 1.7 / 1.5 adults 18-49 rating in its two half hours.

ABC’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. A Very Gaga Thanksgiving drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating in its first half hour and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in its last hour.

On NBC, Horton Hears a Who listened up a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10pm and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drew a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10pm.

Note that NBC’s (Baltimore) and CBS’s (San Francisco) results are inflated by local NFL broadcasts and are subject to more than the usual likelihood of downward adjustments in the final ratings.

While it may well have topped the broadcast competition last night, we’ll have the Thursday Night Football ratings on NFL Network sometime later (exactly when unknown because of the holiday).

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, November 24, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 3.6 12 11.238
FOX Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 2.0 6 6.180
ABC A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 1.8 6 5.776
NBC Horton Hears A Who (movie, 8-10p) 1.1  3 3.692
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.992
8:30PM CBS Rules Of Engagement -R 2.4 7 7.882
FOX Happiness Is A Warm Blanket Charlie Brown 1.7 5 5.302
9:00PM CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.7 5 7.973
FOX Happiness Is A Warm Blanket Charlie Brown 1.5 5 4.612
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.246
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.2 1 0.776
9:30PM ABC A Very Gaga Thanksgiving 1.8 5 5.749
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.3 4 3.423
10:00PM ABC A Very Gaga Thanksgiving 1.6 5 5.388
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.5 5 7.762
NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 1.1 3 3.693

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.4/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.6/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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