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Thursday Overnights: Football Rules on Fox; ABC Disney Special Not So Magical

NBC Animated LEGO Special Attracts Minimal Interest

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Household Rating/Share
Fox: 10.7.18, CBS: 4.7/ 8, ABC: 2.4/ 4, NBC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: Football aired on NBC one year earlier.
NBC: +365, CW: -10, CBS: -23, ABC: -31, NBC: -75

-Ratings Scorecard:
As expected, Thursday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys 13, New Orleans Saints 10) led Fox to overnight victory. The 8:30-10 p.m. portion of the game (which does not include the portion on the NFLN), scored a stellar 11.8 rating/19 share in the household overnights. Full game results will be posted later today at programminginsider.com.

In the original specials department, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” on ABC was not so magical at a 2.3/ 4 from 9-11 p.m.

On NBC, two-part animated special “LEGO: Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit” averaged a mere 1.3/ 2 in the 8 p.m. If you missed it (and apparently many did), it will be repeated on Syfy.

Next on NBC was “Will & Grace” at a 2.3/ 4 in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Has anyone noticed how far this sitcom has fallen year-to-year? And that led into waiting-to-be axed clinked “I Feel Bad” at 9:30 p.m. (#4: 1.3/ 2) and granddaddy “Law & Order: SVU” at 10 p.m. (#2: 3.0/ 6). Comparably, “SVU” trailed “S.W.A.T.” on CBS (#2: 3.9/ 7) by 23 percent.

On CBS, encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” (#2: 5.6/ 9 at 8 p.m.) and prequel “Young Sheldon” (#2: 5.3/ 9 at 8:30 p.m.) led into typical overnights for “Mom” (#2: 5.2/ 8) and “Murphy Brown” (#2: 4.3/ 7) in the 9 p.m. hour. Despite Diane English’s comments yesterday, I highly doubt “Murphy Brown” will return next season.

Also original last night was The CW’s combination of dramas “Supernatural” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and uneventful recent entry “Legacies” (#5: 0.7/ 1 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, November 29 broken out by half-hour.

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 5.6/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “LEGO: Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
Fox – Thursday Night Football Pregame: 7.7/13 (#1)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Toy Story That Time Forgot” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 5.3/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “LEGO: Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
Fox – Thursday Night Football (New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys): 10.9/18 (#1)
CW – “Supernatural”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”: 2.6/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Mom”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
Fox – Thursday Night Football (New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys): 12.2/20 (#1)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Murphy Brown”: 4.3/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “I Feel Bad”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
Fox – Thursday Night Football (New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys): 12.2/20 (#1)
CW – “Legacies”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”: 2.2/4 (#4
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.9/7 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
Fox – Thursday Night Football (New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys): NA

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”: 1.9/ 4
CBS – “S.W.A.T.”: 3.8/ 7#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU”: 3.0/ 6 (#3)
Fox – Thursday Night Football (New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys): NA

LATE NIGHT

11:30 p.m.
ABC: 1.8/ 4 (#3) — “Jimmy Kimmel” (repeat)
CBS: 3.3/ 8 (#1) — “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
NBC: 1.9/ 5 (#2) — “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”

12:00 a.m.
ABC: 1.1/ 3 (#3) — “Jimmy Kimmel” (repeat)
CBS: 2.1/ 6 (#1) — “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
NBC: 1.3/ 4 (#2) — “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”

12:30 a.m.
ABC: 1.0/ 3 (#3) — “Nightline”
CBS: 1.5/ 5 (#1) — “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
NBC: 1.1/ 4 (#2) — “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (repeat)

1:00 a.m.
CBS: 1.1/ 4 (#1) — “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
NBC: 0.8/ 3 (#2) — “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (repeat)

1:30 a.m.
NBC: 0.6/ 3 — “Last Call with Carson Daly” (repeat)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. I don’t understand why NBC kept Good Place and added I Feel Bad. Do you know why they weren’t more aggressive about their comedy or Thursday nights? With last year’s W&G performance, I would have found the most promising, laugh out loud comedies I could find to add to Thursday night or the highest profile drama and put Superstore and W&G together. Could you shed some light on their scheduling decisions?

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