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Ratings: Football Wins Prime Time on Thanksgiving

Dont'a Hightower and Jeff Cumberland | Photo Credits: Roch Schultz/Getty Images

NBC’s first ever prime-time NFL game on Thanksgiving paid off Thursday — the New England Patriots-New York Jets contest crushed the competition.

Even though the game itself was a blowout (the Patriots won 49-19), nearly 17 million viewers tuned in, picking football over new episodes of Glee and The X Factor, as well as Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (4 million, 1.2) and the Spike Lee-directed Michael Jackson movie Bad25 (4.6 million, 1.2) on ABC.


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