Tim McGraw and Faith Hill topped the ratings for the slew of primetime concert TV specials that U.S. networks premiered during the Thanksgiving holiday week. McGraw's and Hill's one-hour specials -- w
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill topped the ratings for the slew of primetime concert TV specials that U.S. networks premiered during the Thanksgiving holiday week. McGraw's and Hill's one-hour specials -- which NBC aired respectively on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 -- were virtually neck-and-neck in the ratings.
However, "Faith Hill: When the Lights Go Down" had the slight edge, drawing a 6.5 rating/12 share, or about 6.9 million U.S. households, according to Nielsen Media Research. "Tim McGraw: Sing Me Home" got a 6.5 rating/11 share, or 6.8 million U.S. households.
Also performing solidly was NBC's "Elvis Lives," a Nov. 28 one-hour tribute special that featured performances Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, No Doubt, Dave Matthews, and LeAnn Rimes. "Elvis Lives" earned a 6.2 rating/12 share, or 6.7 million U.S. households. The two-hour "Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S." tour documentary, which aired Nov. 27 on ABC, got respectable audience numbers, drawing a 5.3 rating/9 share, or 5.65 million U.S. households.
None of the music specials earned high enough ratings to become the most-watched programs in their respective time slots. On Nov. 27, the McGraw special was outranked by CBS's "Survivor: Thailand." McCartney's program earned about half the ratings garnered by NBC's time-slot winners "The West Wing" and "Law and Order," and was also beaten by CBS's "The Amazing Race 3" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." On Nov. 28, Hill's special and "Elvis Lives" trailed behind ratings for CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Without a Trace."
The lowest-rated network music special of the week was "U2's Beautiful Day," which CBS aired Nov. 29. The one-hour concert drew a 2.2 rating/4 share, and was soundly beat in the same time slot by NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," which earned a 9.2 rating/18 share.