Lady Gaga And The Muppets' Thanksgiving Special Is A Ratings Flop

The pop star and her puppet friends failed to attract US viewers

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It was one of the highly-anticipated TV highlights of Thursday night as Lady Gaga teamed up with the Muppets for a Thanksgiving special.

But despite the excitement and publicity surrounding their collaboration for the American holiday, it turned out to be a massive ratings flop.

The ABC special, called Lady Gaga and The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, only managed to draw in 3.6 million viewers and a low 0.9 rating when it aired on Thursday night.

The 90-minute ABC show saw Gaga duet with Sir Elton John, and that little green crooner himself, Kermit the Frog, which many expected would draw in a huge audience.

Lady Gaga's Thanksgiving special with The Muppets was a ratings flop (ABC)

In comparision, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving brought in 5.6 million viewers and 1.6 rating - and that was a repeat!

Not that Gaga seemed to mind too much as she took to her Twitter page and wrote: "Happy Thanksgiving little turkey+tofurkey monsters, I love you with am, my heart and thought all day about how grateful I am to be."

And as the show was broadcast, she posted a message about the Muppets' creator Jim Henson, who died in 1990, writing that he "has to be one of the most far out dudes of all time."

The show also featured performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and RuPaul while Gaga performed her single Applause and Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal sang special renditions of Christmas classics Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells.

Speaking about the show before its airing, Gaga said: "I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year.

"I knew it just wouldn't be a complete night of laughter and memories without The Muppets! Can't wait to see the gang again and I hope Miss Piggy's still not mad about Kermit. We're just friends!"

Channel 5 in the UK have bought the show and plan to air it over Christmas. Let's hope it fairs better with her British fans!

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