America seemed to be on a bit of a pre-holiday diet last night when it came to Thanksgiving Eve primetime. With CBS the only net to put originals up on Wednesday, encores and specials galore took a bit of dip from last year.
Once again, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1.7/7) was the top rated show among adults 18-49 on the night before the feast and a new Survivor (1.4/5) was the most watched with an audience of 7.4 million. However, the ABC special had 11% less demo meat on the bone compared to last year. CBS’ vet reality series dipped 4% in viewership from November 23, 2016.
Week to week, Survivor was unsurprisingly down 18% from its November 15 show. The rest of the night on the House of Moonves saw SEAL Team (1.1/4) and Criminal Minds (1.0/4) the same as last week. Overall, it was a tie between CBS and ABC for the top demo spot with both nets scoring a 1.1/4. Showing an original The Wall (0.8/3), which was even with its last original from August, and, like in past years, a SNL Thanksgiving (1.0/4) special, NBC was in second place overall with a 1.0/4.
While last year’s SNL special came bursting off the heat of last year’s Presidential election, this year’s Not Ready For Primetime Players annual special lost 38% of that traction 11 months and two days into Donald Trump’s reign.
The CW plugged in with Night 1 of its iHeartRadio Music Festival (0.4/2) while Fox went with encores of Empire (0.5/2) and Star (0.4/2). ABC finished off its Wednesday with Modern Family (1.2/5) and American Housewife (0.8/3) repeats and a holiday themed 20/20 (0.8/3)
And with that, have a great Thanksgiving.