Ratings: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Rises, Gaga Does So-So, Macy's Parade Hits 11-Year High

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Season 87ABC’s broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this Thursday tackled 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, surging 33 and 45 percent versus last year.

Following a Modern Family rerun (3.4 mil/1.1), Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular closed ABC’s night with 3.6 mil and a 0.9, down 22 and 25 percent from the network’s year-ago Michael Jackson special and trailing CBS’ Crazy Ones (4.3 mil/1.1) and Elementary (4.7 mil/1.1) repeats.

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Over on Fox, The X Factor (3.8 mil/1.0) and Glee (2.8 mil/0.9) were expectedly down.

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NBC Sunday Night Football‘s coverage of the Steelers/Ravens game of course dominated the night with 18.6 mil/6.0 per preliminary numbers — about on par with last Thanksgiving’s Patriots/Jets match-up.

During the day on Thursday, NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s parade rose 11 percent in the overnight metered-market household rating to hit an 11-year high. Similarly, the Peacock’s presentation of The National Dog Show was up 13 percent, fetching a nine-year high.

Rewinding to Wednesday night: CBS’ fresh helpings of dramas were expectedly down, with Criminal Minds taking the biggest hit (falling 14 percent in the demo to a 2.4). NBC’s Sound of Music Live! pre-show thingy did 4.9 mil/1.0, while SNL‘s T’giving special led out of that with 4.9 mil/1.6.

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12 Comments
  1. Apres Ski says:

    Gaga & the Muppets??? Really? I just turned off the TV and got some extra sleep so I could get up and clean and start getting ready for the New Year. My ex-boss was arrested and I’m dancing in the streets for Christmas & the New Year!!!

    Take that Gaga! ROTFLOL!!!

  2. Amanda says:

    It would have been better if they had advertised it as a Muppets Thanksgiving Day Special with guest stars that included Lady Gaga.

  3. Axe X Factor says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Simon! LOL!

  4. Mark says:

    Glee rating is pretty bad, even in thanksgiving!!!! Last thanksgiving they got like 4.5 mil and now just 2.8 mil, ouch!!! But Im not surprised at all. Since season 4 Glee is a total mess; putting out half of the original cast, giving all to the newbies, writing the same stories every time with not sense and continuity, and making Glee The Blaine Anderson show. RM said that they will focus on Rachel after Finn’s dead, but well it seems that they still want to give a lot of solos without any sense and unnecessary story lines to Blaine. I know Darren is talented, but seriously they need to stop this BLEE. The writers have forgotten that they still have some of the original cast members that we love and deserve more, like Artie, Kurt and especially Tina. But well you announced that they will put out even more of the original cast, like Jayma, which is a great actress and her character is amazing. I want a good finale for Glee with the originals (Tina, Artie, Rachel, Kurt and Mercedes) having good story lines, following their dreams, with good screen time and leading the songs. I want more of Santana who is just amazing, I want to see Quinn, Brittany, Puck and Mike Chang again. If they want to keep Lima, they should focus only in Sue, Becky, Will, Coach Beiste and Emma, not in reproducing the same story lines in the newbies. But well Im losing hope.

    • David4 says:

      The actress who played Emma has left the show to go be a regular on the horrible show that old people like called The Millers on CBS. We will not be seeing her much more.

  5. Kyle C. says:

    Glee ratings were dismal. It shows that Blaine is a character that can’t carry an episode. So putting him in New York would be ridiculous. The show could work with just Kurt, Rachel and Santana as the leads. Oh and keep Jane Lynch.

  6. Currently watch the Garth Brooks Special , got to say for everything that was done WRONG LAST NIGHT , , Garth is Doing Right Tonight , No idea what the demo will look like when the ratings come in , but the Garth Brooks Special is really good :)

  7. David4 says:

    The Gaga special would have been fine if they bothered singing more than one Christmas / winter song.

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