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.
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.
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.