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Thursday Final Nationals: Bears-Packers on NBC Delivers Largest Prime Time Thanksgiving NFL Game To-Date

The Chicago Bears earned one of the NFL’s most surprising wins of the season so far, defeating the Green Bay Packers 17-14 at Lambeau Field on the night the Packers retired the jersey number of their legendary quarterback Brett Favre. Not surprising, of course, was NBC’s overwhelming prime time victory on this Thanksgiving Thursday night.

Since the advent of prime time Thanksgiving NFL games in 2006, Bears-Packers (Women 18-34: 6.2/28; Men 18-34: 8.9/37; Women 18-49: 6.7/25; Men 18-49: 11.3/37) is the most-watched prime time Thanksgiving NFL game to-date and is also the second most-watched NFL game ever on NBC, behind only Dallas-Washington from Dec. 30, 2012 (30.3 million).

The Packers’ halftime ceremony honoring Brett Favre (10:15-10:30 p.m. ET), which featured a memorable appearance by Hall of Fame Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr, averaged 28.2 million viewers.

Top metered markets for Bears-Packers: Milwaukee 44.1/72, Chicago 29.8/57, Minneapolis 28.1/52, Las Vegas 21.0/37, Denver 19.5/40, Buffalo 19.3/34, New Orleans 19.0/31, Indianapolis 17.9/33, Norfolk 17.0/30, Phoenix 16.8/32

Earlier in the late afternoon on CBS, Carolina Panthers-Dallas Cowboys drew the NFL’s highest rating on Thanksgiving since Packers/Lions on Fox in 2011 (15.8). The game is the most-watched telecast of the 2015-16 television season overall to-date.

In the Charlotte market, Thursday’s game averaged a 31.5 rating and a 66 share, topping the previous high share for a Panthers game in Charlotte (62, at New Orleans, 2013).

The night’s other original offerings were, as follows:

CBS’s “Life in Pieces(Women 18-34: 1.3/6; Men 18-34: 1.4/6; Women 18-49: 2.0/7; Men 18-49: 2.2/7)

CBS’s “Mom(Women 18-34: 1.1/5; Men 18-34: 1.1/4; Women 18-49: 1.7/6; Men 18-49 1.6/5)

CBS’s “2 Broke Girls(Women 18-34: 1.0/5; Men 18-34: 1.0/4; Women 18-49: 1.6/6; Men 18-49 1.5/5)

CBS’s “Elementary(Women 18-34: 0.6/3; Men 18-34: 0.7/3; Women 18-49: 1.0/4; Men 18-49: 1.0/3)

Fox’s “All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration(Women 18-34: 0.3/1; Men 18-34: 0.2/1; Women 18-49: 0.4/2; Men 18-49: 0.4/1)

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Thursday, November 26, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 2284 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 The Muppets (r) 1.1/2 2055 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (r) 0.9/2 1492 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:00 The Middle (r) 1.1/2 1871 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:30 The Goldbergs (r) 1.1/2 1760 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
10:00 Last Man Standing (r) 1.2/2 1973 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:30 Dr. Ken (r) 1.2/2 1759 0.2/1 0.4/2 0.6/2
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.2/8 7418 1.3/6 1.8/6 2.3/7
4:30 NFL Football: Carolina @ Dallas 15.3 32500
7:45 NFL Post Gun (s) 11.8/26 26674 7.7/36 8.6/33 9.5/31
7:49 NFL Post Game (s) 9.7/22 21514 5.9/28 6.7/25 7.5/24
8:03 Big Bang Theory (r) 6.2/13 12048 2.4/11 3.2/12 4.0/12
8:34 Life in Pieces 4.1/8 7605 1.4/6 2.1/7 2.6/8
9:04 Mom 3.9/8 6724 1.1/5 1.7/6 2.2/6
9:33 2 Broke Girls 3.5/7 5928 1.0/4 1.6/5 2.1/6
10:03 Elementary (thru 11:03) 3.3/7 5316 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.3/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 12.5/26 25663 7.0/30 8.2/29 9.6/29
8:00 NFL Pre-Game (s) 6.1/13 12845 3.3/15 4.0/15 4.5/15
8:20 NFL Pre-Kick (s) 8.1/17 17379 4.6/21 5.6/21 6.4/20
8:31 NFL Football: Chicago @ Green Bay (thru 11:48) 13.8/28 27751 7.6/33 9.0/31 10.5/31
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.3/3 2104 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.6/2
8:00 All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration (s) 1.3/3 2104 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.6/2
CW PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.6/1 1096 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.6/1 1158 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.6/1 1118 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.6/1 1038 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (r) 0.7/1 1071 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.4/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1235 0.5/2
7:00 Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 0.6/1 1151 0.4/2
8:00 Antes Muerta Que Lichita 0.6/1 1015 0.4/1
9:00 Pasion y Poder 0.7/1 1275 0.5/2
10:03 Yo No Creo En Hombres 0.8/2 1422 0.5/2

Cable Rankings – Thursday 11/26/15

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows on cable in prime time for Thursday, November 26:


  1. Movie: “12 Gifts of Christmas” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 3.146

  2. Movie: “Northpole: Open Christmas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.876

  3. “WWE Smackdown” (Syfy, 8 p.m.): 1.652

  4. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.584

  5. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10 p.m.): 1.367

  6. “College Football: Big 12: Texas Tech @ Texas” (FS1, 7:30-11:26 p.m., 0.62 household rating): 1.358

  7. “House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.): 1.244

  8. “Liv and Maddie” (Disney Channel, 9 p.m.) and “Jessie” (Disney Channel, 9:30 p.m.): 1.205 each

  1. “Pawn Stars” (History, 8 p.m.): 1.193

  2. “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.): 1.167

  3. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.156

  4. “Pawn Stars” (History, 9 p.m.): 1.152

  5. “BUNK’D” (Disney Channel, 10:30 p.m.): 1.135

  6. “The Cleveland Show” (Adult Swim, 9:30 p.m.): 1.120

  7. Movie: “Despicable Me 2” (2013) FX, 9 p.m.): 1.096

  8. “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel, 10 p.m.): 1.094

  9. Movie: “Despicable Me 2” (2013) FX, 7 p.m.): 1.092

  10. “Rehab Addict Detroit” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): 1.055

  11. “Rehab Addict Detroit” (HGTV, 9:30 p.m.): 1.044

  • “College Basketball: Boston College vs. Michigan State” (ESPN2, 6:41-8:31 p.m., 0.20 household rating): 0.420


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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