Ratings: It's a Four-Year High, Charlie Brown!

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It was all good and no grief for the unsinkable Charlie Brown this Wednesday night, as ABC’s presentation of the blockhead’s annual Thanksgiving special drew its largest audience in four years — 8.1 million total viewers — while surging 22 percent in the demo versus 2011, hitting a 2.2.

As such, Chuck was Wednesday’s only gainer on the traditionally soft Thanksgiving Eve. The special also delivered its highest Kids 2-11 number in nearly five years.

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Taking the steepest plunges were The X Factor (7.2 mil/2.2) and Law & Order: SVU (5.2 mil/1.3), both of which were down 24 percent in the demo week-to-week, while a special Wednesday showing of Private Practice (3.7 mil/1.0) was down 23 percent from Tuesday’s Addicentric hour.

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Holding steadiest on the night were CSI (10.7 mil/2.3, down two tenths), Criminal Minds (11.5 mil/2.7, down 10 percent), Survivor (9.4 mil/2.3, down 12 percent) and Chicago Fire (5.4 mil/1.4, down two tenths).

Elsewhere, NBC’s Whitney (4 mil/1.1) dropped 21 percent from its season opener, teeing up Guys With Kids (3.5 mil/1.1) for a decline of 15 percent.

Comments (5)

  • criminal minds was a very awfull ep last night glad that charlie was up wonder what the numbers will be for it tonight

    Comment by ollie – November 22, 2012 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chicago Fire drawing higher ratings than SVU. I hope it means good news for the show.

    Comment by Barbie – November 22, 2012 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not really.

      SVU is 13 years old (right?) and CF isn’t even 13 episodes old and already have those, rather lousy, numbers.

      That said if it holds steady I can see it getting a season 2.

      Comment by Midori004 – November 22, 2012 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Private Practice has been phenomenal this season (except that disastrous Sam-centric episode) – (SPOILER ALERT!) So happy that Addison is on the verge of getting every thing she wanted when she came to LA leaving Seattle.

    Comment by Ree – November 22, 2012 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the busiest travel days of the year and networks STILL air new shows?!? ABC is crazier for airing new shows on Friday night this week!

    Comment by daniel – November 23, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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