The networks closed the book on the November sweep on a quiet Thanksgiving eve.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is not acting its age. The 41-year-old cartoon extended its ratings streak with another impressive gain, helped by a move from Thursday to Wednesday. It tied CBS’ Survivor as the No.1 program of the night with a 2.1 in adults 18-39, up +31% from last year. Over the last three years, the Peanuts classic has posted 1.1 (2012, Thanksgiving night), 1.6 (2013, Thanksgiving night) and 2.1 last night.
CBS and Fox offered all-original lineups on the slow pre-holiday night. (2.1) was down -13% from last week and off by a tenth from last year’s airing on Thanksgiving eve. (2.2) was down a tenth from last week and down two tenths from the corresponding episode last year. Stalker (1.6) matched last week’s final rating, down a tenth from the fast national. CBS won the night in 18-49 (2.0) and total viewers (9.3 million)
Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.1) was down sharply, -27% from last week. It pushed down Red Band Society whose penultimate episode dropped -22% to ta 0.7 in 18-49, a ratings threshold I call point of no return as there is no series that has hit it and lived long after. Fox yesterday announced that the teen hospital drama will get off the schedule after its fall finale next Wednesday, with the fate of the three remaining episodes of its original 13-episode order unclear.
Is this a sign of how Peter Pan Live! will do vs. The Sound of Music last year? NBC aired The Making of Peter Pan Live! special last night. It garnered a 0.6 rating in 18-49, down -40% from the delivery of The Making of the Sound of Music Live! special on the same night last year. It was followed by A compilation drew a 1.1, down -31% from last year’s special.