23 November 2012 9:13 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spike Lee’s tribute to Michael Jackson was tackled in the ratings by NBC’s football coverage Thursday night.

The ABC special Michael Jackson: Bad 25 was well-received by critics, and included interviews with stars such as Kanye West, Chris Brown and Mariah Carey honoring the late musician on the 25th anniversary of the making of his “Bad” video. Yet the 90-minute documentary delivered a weak performance, even by Thanksgiving-night standards.

Bad was seen by 4.6 million viewers and had a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, down 25 percent from ABC’s musical special last year, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. »

- James Hibberd

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