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[10/07/12 - 09:05 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Puts ABC, FOX in Front
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, october 6, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (4.95 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Saturday with its "College Football: Nebraska at Ohio State" (4.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) coverage.

FOX (4.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) then shared the silver with its own "College Football: West Virginia at Texas" (4.36 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) coverage.

Next up was NBC (3.50 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its special primetime presentation of "College Football: Miami at Notre Dame" (3.50 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

And finally, repeats of "Made in Jersey" (2.75 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) and "Elementary" (3.51 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) alongside a new "48 Hours" (5.19 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) on CBS (3.81 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening.

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* "Saturday Night Live," with host Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse (4.5/11 in metered-market households), dominated its time period. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, the "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast averaged a 2.2 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49.

* "Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the metered-market households and the Local People Meters, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks.


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/8/11):

Coverage of the "ALCS, Game 1" (5.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pushed FOX (5.97 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) into first place on Saturday.

ABC (5.12 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then took home a competitive silver with its mainstay "Saturday Night College Football" (5.12 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.40 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with repeats of "Mike & Molly" (3.69 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "2 Broke Girls" (4.00 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "48 Hours Mystery" (4.15 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by a new "48 Hours Mystery" (5.20 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

And finally, repeats of "Harry's Law" (2.90 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), another "Harry's Law" (3.50 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and yet another "Harry's Law" (4.60 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) on NBC (3.68 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the evening.

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

"Saturday Night Live" (4.8/12 in metered-market households), hosted by Ben Stiller with musical guest Foster The People, dominated its time period, delivering the #1 rating of the night ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. "Saturday Night Live" matched its rating for the same night last year in metered-market households.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 2.6 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49, making it the #1 telecast of the night ahead of all primetime programs on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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