Ratings: Football Wins Prime Time on Thanksgiving
Dont'a Hightower and Jeff Cumberland
NBC's first ever prime-time NFL game on Thanksgiving paid off Thursday — the New England Patriots-New York Jets contest crushed the competition.
Even though the game itself was a blowout (the Patriots won 49-19), nearly 17 million viewers tuned in, picking football over new episodes of Glee and The X Factor, as well as Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (4 million, 1.2) and the Spike Lee-directed Michael Jackson movie Bad25 (4.6 million, 1.2) on ABC.
Still, The X Factor (8.3 million; 2.5) moved up a tenth of a point for the second week in a row, while Glee (5.7 million, 1.9) was down two-tenths of a point.
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CBS and The CW aired reruns.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (R) 7.1 million (1.8); Two and a Half Men (R) 6.8 million (1.8)
ABC: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 4.0 million (1.2)
Fox: NFL overrun; The X Factor 8.3 million (2.5)
NBC: NBC Sunday Night Football 16.8 million (6.2) [8-11:30 p.m.]
CW: The Vampire Diaries (R) 795,000 (0.3)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (R) 7.3 million (2.0); 2 Broke Girls (R) 6.1 million (1.6)
ABC: Modern Family (R) 3.4 million (1.0); Michael Jackson: Bad25 4.6 million (1.2) [9:30-11 p.m.]
Fox: Glee 5.7 million (1.9)
CW: Beauty and the Beast (R) 845,000 (0.3)
CBS: Person of Interest (R) 6.8 million (1.3)