McGraw, Hill TV Specials Earn Solid Ratings

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.