Sunday TV ratings: The Equalizer down, The Simpsons mixed [Nov. 28]

“When Worlds Collide” – Bishop comes to McCall, Harry and Mel for help when a terrorist from his past uncovers the identity of his adult son, a young man Bishop has kept secret for decades to safeguard him from his intelligence work. Also, Aunt Vi becomes nostalgic about a past romantic relationship when she receives a surprise visitor, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, Nov. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.Pictured (L-R): Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani, Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, Chris Noth as William Bishop, and Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian. Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“When Worlds Collide” – Bishop comes to McCall, Harry and Mel for help when a terrorist from his past uncovers the identity of his adult son, a young man Bishop has kept secret for decades to safeguard him from his intelligence work. Also, Aunt Vi becomes nostalgic about a past romantic relationship when she receives a surprise visitor, on the CBS Original series THE EQUALIZER, Sunday, Nov. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.Pictured (L-R): Liza Lapira as Melody “Mel” Bayani, Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, Chris Noth as William Bishop, and Adam Goldberg as Harry Keshegian. Photo: Michael Greenberg/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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It may have been Thanksgiving weekend, but that didn’t stop some networks putting on new episodes of top shows. How did the live TV ratings look?

A lot of networks opted for reruns and specials. Thanksgiving weekend is not a time for new episodes of top TV shows. However, FOX and CBS tested the waters.

It’s not surprising to find out that the Sunday Night Football game on NBC won the night in the primetime slot. FOX had the better results for the afternoon game, but that’s usually the case.

The Sunday afternoon game didn’t lead to Animation Domination ticking up all that much in the live TV ratings. Thanksgiving weekend will have a lot to do with that! The Simpsons was steady in the demo, but it was down in the audience. All other shows were down in double digits in both the demo and audience.

The Equalizer and The Great Christmas Light Fight down in the live TV ratings

The Equalizer was the only non-special on CBS last night. Unsurprisingly, it was down 33% in the demo and 14% in the audience. There are a few things to factor in with these downward dips. Not only was it Thanksgiving weekend, but the show moved to an hour later to be sandwiched between two specials.

CBS didn’t set it up for all that much success. The dips probably won’t play a part in decisions over whether to cancel or renew the show. We’re likely to see a renewal considering how strong is has been up to this point on the network.

ABC brought back The Great Christmas Light Fight. The season debuted down by 42% in both the demo and audience. It then ticked down another percent in the audience for the second hour.

This is good holiday programming, though. While the ratings were down, they weren’t dangerously low compared to the usual Sunday programming. There’s no doubt we’ll likely see a renewal for this for next Christmas.

Take a look at the live TV ratings for Sunday, Nov. 28 to see how your favorite shows performed.

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