TV ratings: NFL rules Thanksgiving, 'X Factor' and 'Glee' go low

ravens-steelers-ratings-nov-28-13.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Following a day of turkey and football, Americans settled down for ... more football, as NBC's prime-time NFL broadcast drew the night's best ratings by a long shot. CBS also got a boost from its afternoon football game, which ran into the start of primetime.

Elsewhere Thursday, new episodes of "The X Factor" and "Glee" struggled badly opposite the NFL. "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" on ABC came in lower than Gaga's Thanksgiving special two years ago, but "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" was up over last year.

NBC averaged 17.6 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/16 share in households in primetime, pending updates for its NFL broadcast. That was more than twice as many viewers as second-place CBS (7.35 million, 4.0/8). ABC (4.2 million, 2.2/4) came in third, and FOX (3.3 million, 2.0/4) took fourth. The CW trailed with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

NBC's 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 beat the combined total of the other four broadcast nets. CBS was the best of the rest at 2.1, followed by ABC, 1.2; FOX, 0.9; and The CW, 0.2.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
NFL special - Steelers/Ravens (15.45 million viewers, 7.9/16)
CBS: NFL runover (15.8 million, 7.9/16)/"The Crazy Ones" rerun (9.1 million, 4.8/9)
ABC: Special - "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (5.3 million, 2.7/5)
FOX: "The X Factor" (3.75 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: Movie - "You Again" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: NFL special (4.8)

9 p.m.

NBC:
NFL special (19.2 million, 9.9/19)
CBS: "The Crazy Ones" reruns - two episodes (4.9 million, 2.8/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (3.4 million, 2.0/4)/Special - "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" (3.7 million, 2.0/4)
FOX: "Glee" (2.8 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "You Again" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: NFL special (6.0)

10 p.m.

NBC:
NFL special (18.1 million, 9.8/19)
CBS: "Elementary" rerun (4.7 million, 2.8/6)
ABC: "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular" (3.6 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: NFL special (6.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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