Thanksgiving 2019 saw plenty of football, TV specials, and reruns. Only FOX opted for a new episode of a series. Here’s a look at the TV ratings.
The majority of networks know that on Thanksgiving, you don’t put a new episode of a TV series on. The CW tried it a couple of years ago in the hope that Supernatural fans would tune into the show, but learned quickly that it was a bad idea. FOX is the network this year to test it, and just a look at the TV ratings says that it was a huge mistake.
Let’s be honest, we’re not interested in watching new episodes of our favorite TV shows on Thanksgiving, are we? Most of us travel to see family or we just want to binge-watch something on a streaming site that’s suitable for everyone, including the kids who are staying up late.
More from Ratings
- Thursday TV ratings: Grey’s Anatomy up, Walker Independence down
- Wednesday TV ratings: One Chicago mixed, Kung Fu down (November 9)
- Tuesday TV ratings: The Resident and Monarch down (November 8)
- Monday TV ratings: All American down, Quantum Leap up (Nov. 7)
- Weekend live TV ratings: Fire Country and FBI mixed
So, it’s not surprising that networks put on specials and reruns. Oh, and of course, there’s the football.
Young Sheldon‘s rerun saw high results, but that was due to coming off the back of the afternoon football. The reruns for all other CBS programming dropped to about the usual rate.
Unsurprisingly, NBC won the night with the Thanksgiving football. 17.77 million tuned in to watch the Saints at the Falcons, with a demo of 5.1.
The specials and other reruns were about average. The only network to try a new episode was FOX with Almost Family. The decision to air this episode suggests that the show isn’t performing how FOX hoped and it is going to be canceled. It’s like FOX is trying to burn off episodes.
After all, Almost Family hit another season-low. The demo was down 25% to 0.3. That’s on The CW’s average when looking at the likes of Batwoman and Supernatural. The total audience was down 13% to 1.19 million. Again, we’re looking at The CW averages.
It’s a concerning sign for the freshman dramedy. That’s especially the case when the show dropped on Nov. 27, too.
So, was it a bad decision for FOX? Well, it depends on the outcome. I have a feeling this was a planned decision to air the episodes to avoid any penalties. It’s not making it through to Season 2.
Check out the Thanksgiving TV ratings here.
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