November 23, 2012


Only one network aired its regular line-up on Thanksgiving night… and it probably should have thought twice.

FOX:  The Washington/Dallas NFL game ran about 20 minutes into primetime, meaning that the network’s numbers will change when final ratings are released.  But the preliminary 2.5 for THE X FACTOR and particularly the 1.5 for GLEE suggest that specials or reruns may have been the way to go last night.

NBC:  Thinking of football, naturally the New England/Jets (oy) special THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game won the night, with a preliminary 6.2.

ABC:  After another run of A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING, this time down to a 1.2, and a rerun MODERN FAMILY at 1.0, a special presentation of Spike Lee’s documentary BAD25, about the making of Michael Jackson’s album, only managed a 1.2.

CBS:  A night of reruns, which didn’t do at all badly under the circumstances, with 1.8 and 2.0 for BIG BANG THEORY episodes, and 1.8 for a 2 1/2 MEN .

CW:  More reruns, twin 0.2s for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

ABC airs most of its normal schedule tonight, except for SHARK TANK being a rerun.  NBC features THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW, and CBS has an all-Christmas special block followed by a PERSON TO PERSON news special.  FOX has a Charlie Brown special followed by reruns, and CW joins in the holiday fun with Christmas specials of its own.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."