Thanksgiving Ratings: Big Bang Grabs Biggest Slice of Pie, Ice Age Outperforms Lady Gaga

A repeat of The Big Bang Theory grabbed far and away the biggest slice of the Thanksgiving Night ratings pie, drawing 11.24 million total viewers while scoring a 3.6 demo rating.

Thursday’s next most-watched programs were reruns of Person of Interest (8 mil) and The Mentalist (7.8 mil), easily giving CBS a big W in both total audience (as well as in the demo) for the evening.

Of the holiday specials on tap, Fox’s premiere of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (out on DVD/Blu-ray Nov. 26) chowed on the biggest numbers, delivering 6.2 million total viewers while scoring a 2.0 demo rating.

The other holiday specials placed as follows:
* A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 pm, ABC): 5.78 mil/1.8 rating
* A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (9:30 pm, ABC): 5.5 mil/1.6
* Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (8:30 pm, Fox): 5 mil/1.6
* Horton Hears a Who (8 pm, NBC): 3.7 mil/1.1)
* The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Parade (10 pm, NBC): 3.7 mil/1.1

What was left playing on the TV as you napped Thursday night?

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  1. Bud Jackson says:

    How about the 6.0 that the NFL channel had with the Ravens vs 49ers??

  2. Templar says:

    Fingers crossed that Caca’s popularity is beginning to vaporize. As in the case of Marilyn Manson, freaks are only interesting for a short time. However, geeks [TBBT] are endlessly amusing.

  3. SoS says:

    So glad CBS won the night. Watching repeats was way better than anything else that was on.

    • jj says:

      you know what’s even better? having a life. i don’t buy that 11 million people had nothing better to do than watch a rerun of BBT. It’s not a bad show, but does it really have that many fans that would be rewatching an episode on Thanksgiving night- especially in this day and age of DVR, onDemand, and Internet viewing? Everyone i know spent this time with friends and family- watching DVDs or some other type of “family” viewing or at friends or families’ house for parties or at the movie theater or (stupidly) waiting in line for Black Friday sales. Who were these 11 million? And will the industry ever wake up to the fact that these ratings systems are outdated irrelevant bunk? I get that they have to come up with SOMEthing to dictate ad prices, but this is SO not the way.