TV Ratings Report: Football Carries a Slow Night

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HO HO HO! Toss me that football, yo!

With a night mostly filled with specials, comedy, and hour-long dramas that the traditional viewing public has never tuned into, football was all anybody cared about.

And that, still, wasn't anything to crow about.

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NBC managed to lose an entire ratings point from the previous week for NFL Thursday Night Football and still win the week with a hefty 3.7 for the evening and about 12 million viewers throughout.

ABC took a chance on repeats of Toy Story that Time Forgot, which remained forgotten with a 0.8 and Shrek the Halls, which did a tick better with 0.9.

At 9, the Great American Baking Show, featuring some really ugly flat, misshapen fruity bread drew 0.9.

At 10 Notorious hauled in 0.5, down 0.4 from last week for it's finale, even though a lead had been kidnapped.

CBS lead the night with a repeat of The Big Bang Theory at 1.7, a full 1.4 below last week's outing, which allowed the Great Indoors to grow 0.2 to 1.5.

Mom was up 0.1 to 1.4 and Life in Pieces was steady at 1.2.

At the 10 O'clock hour, Pure Genius was up 0.2 to 1.0, closing off a night of upswings for originals at CBS.

The CW saw DC's Legends of Tomorrow lose 0.5 from the crossover excitement to land at 0.7 for a better episode and midseason finale.

Supernatural held steady at 0.6 as Lucifer took office as POTUS. Only on TV, folks. ahem.

FOX had a showcase for Empire fans with Taraji's White-Hot Holidays, which was down 0.6 from last year's airing featuring Taraji and Terrence, at 0.9.

It was the season finale for Pitch and fans sent it away on a higher note, as it ticked up 0.1 to 0.8 for the finale.

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