It will probably not surprise you that a pair of primetime NFL games on NBC top a Thanksgiving week that was light on original programming for the broadcast networks.

It probably will surprise you that a Thanksgiving night repeat of “Rosewood” on FOX is also in the Top 25 in both adults 18-49 (ranked seventh with a 2.2 rating) and total viewers (22nd, 6.76 million).

You read those figures right. “Rosewood” essentially tripled its 18-49 average for new episodes this season with a rerun on a holiday. So how’d that happen?

The answer lies with the Thanksgiving tradition of NFL games. FOX had the late-afternoon broadcast window for the Dallas-Washington game and it was huge: 35.1 million people tuned in, the biggest audience ever for a regular-season NFL game on the network. It ended just as primetime was beginning, delivering a huge lead-in for the “Rosewood” rerun.

Here are the network standings for the week of Nov. 21-27 and the season to date.

Nov. 21-27 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.2/4 (3) 1.4/5 (2) 0.4/2 (7) 0.9/3 (4) 2.6/9 (1) 0.6/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (5t)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 5.84 (3) 7.93 (2) 1.33 (7) 2.90 (4) 9.25 (1) 1.50 (6) 1.87 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.8/6 (4) 2.1/7 (3) 0.7/2 (5t) 2.3/8 (2) 2.6/9 (1) 0.7/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (7)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 7.26 (3) 10.54 (1) 1.82 (6) 7.19 (4) 9.30 (2) 1.74 (7) 1.83 (5)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows in adults 18-49 for Nov. 21-27, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NFL FOOTBALL – STEELERS/COLTS NBC Thurs. 8:32 PM 6.9 8,883
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHIEFS/BRONCOS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 6.2 7,949
3 NFL THURSDAY PREGAME NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3.7 4,795
4 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 3.2 4,140
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:49 PM 2.8 3,571
6 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.4 3,132
7 ROSEWOOD – R FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,838
8 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,694
9 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – FLORIDA/FLORIDA ST. ABC Sat. 8:06 PM 2.0 2,547
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,515
11 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,436
12 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,356
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,339
DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,284
15 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,056
SNL THANKSGIVING 2016 – S NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,003
17 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:49 PM 1.5 1,944
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,928
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,918
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,917
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,899
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.5 1,878
23 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,812
2 BROKE GIRLS CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,743
25 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 1.3 1,663

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Nov. 21-27, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NFL FOOTBALL – STEELERS/COLTS NBC Thurs. 8:32 PM 20,882
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHIEFS/BRONCOS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 18,436
3 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:49 PM 17,265
4 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 14,858
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 12,079
6 NFL THURSDAY PREGAME NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 11,732
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:49 PM 11,389
8 DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 10,976
9 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,893
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:52 PM 9,859
11 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,637
12 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 9,468
13 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 9,000
14 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:49 PM 8,970
15 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,502
16 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 7,742
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,226
18 A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,220
19 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 7,067
20 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,970
21 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 6,881
22 ROSEWOOD – R FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,758
23 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 6,476
24 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – FLORIDA/FLORIDA ST. ABC Sat. 8:06 PM 6,437
25 CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 6,176

All numbers are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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