It’s a week away but it was almost all Thanksgiving all the time on ABC last night. Comedies The Middle (2.2/7), The Goldbergs (2.4/7) and Modern Family (3.7/11) all celebrated Turkey Day in their own way. And there was much for ABC to be thankful for, especially with no The Voice on NBC last night as it was last week: All three shows saw double-digit jumps — 16%, 14% and 16%, respectively — with Modern Family easily the top-rated and most-watched (10.90 million) show of the night. Freshman Black-ish (2.6/8) did not deal with Thanksgiving and saw a slight 4% rise over last week.
Two weeks before its fall finale, Nashville (1.5/5) went truly Country Strong with a visit to the recent CMA Awards and subsequent cameos by the likes of Trisha Yearwood. The reward was a steady result for Nashville, with a 7% uptick over last week. In the end, the holiday fixins, cowboy hats and all worked for ABC as the network topped the night in the 18-49 demo with a 2.3/7. CBS won among total viewers with 9.47 million watching.
Part of CBS’ win came because things were, as they often are, ruthless on Survivor (2.4/8) with mud baths, puzzles and of course someone being voted off. The veteran reality show had a total audience of 9.82 million, the best it has done for this 29th season. In the demo, the show rose 4% and was steady with its November 12 episode.
Three weeks before its last show of the year and one week after losing to L&O: SVU for the first time in the demo, Criminal Minds (2.3/7) was even with its November 11 episode. The real workhorse for CBS last night was Stalker (1.7/5). With no sweep competition, the 10 PM freshman procedural saw a 21% rise in the demo to tie its best result so far.
Back after two weeks off due to that Voice sweep special, NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura (1.4/1) was pretty steady compared with its last show with an 8% rise in the demo. That’s where the upward motion stopped for NBC. Last week it was all highs for Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5) and Chicago PD (1.6/5) thanks to the much-hyped November sweep crossover with fellow Dick Wolfer Chicago Fire. This week, unsurprisingly, ratings gravity kicked in as both shows fell double digits: L&O: SVU dived 25% and Chicago PD fell 27%.
Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.5/5) and Red Band Society (0.9/3) were even with their November 11 shows.
There were new additions and complicated relationships on Arrow (0.9/3) last night, but the show was even with last week. Not so much with lead-out The 100 (0.6/2). The post-apocalypse drama rose 20% among 18-49s to hit a season high in preliminary ratings.