- Adorable floating cartoon characters beat zombies! AMC's "The Walking Dead" gets bumped down a notch (from No. 2 in last week's chart) thanks to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast on NBC, the second most checked-in show behind CBS's "The Big Bang Theory." And ABC's showing of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" also hits our chart, taking the No. 7 spot. This report from Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd might further please you (unless you are Lady Gaga): "Charlie Brown beats Lady Gaga in Thanksgiving ratings ."
- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast -- and TV check-ins in general -- got a big boost from Aflac last Thursday, which partnered with GetGlue to raise money for charity. For every check-in of any show (not just the parade, which featured an Aflac duck balloon) on Thanksgiving, Aflac pledged $1 to help fight pediatric cancer. (Details here.) With 543,890 check-ins by the day's end, Aflac and GetGlue together raised more than half a million dollars.
- Is your heart sufficiently warmed? Get over it! Please note that psychopaths, per usual, still make a strong showing in our chart, via "American Horror Story" and "Dexter," and, arguably, "Dancing with the Stars." (I'm thinking zombiehood overshadows psychopathology as a clinical diagnosis, so I'm leaving "The Walking Dead" out of this.)
- By the way, "The Walking Dead" and "Dancing with the Stars" both just aired season finales (a "mid-season finale" in the case of "Walking Dead"). So watch for a bit of a shake-up in next week's chart.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.