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[09/01/13 - 10:58 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Returns on Top for ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, august 31, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (7.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) closed out August on top with its coverage of "College Football: Georgia at Clemson " (7.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

CBS (3.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "Mike & Molly" (2.191 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Two and a Half Men" (2.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "48 Hours" (4.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and another "48 Hours" (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was NBC (1.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.098 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) followed by a new "Do No Harm" (1.585 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a second "Do No Harm" (1.752 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, FOX (1.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with its departing lineup of "Cops" (1.940 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Cops" (2.052 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bones" (1.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Peyton Manning and musical guest Carrie Underwood, averaged a 2.3/6 in metered-market households. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.0 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49. "SNL" posted the top non-sports rating of the night among CBS, NBC and Fox in the Local People Meters, out-rating all primetime entertainment programming on those networks.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/1/12):

ABC (7.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) kicked off September on top with its coverage of "College Football: Michigan vs. Alabama" (7.75 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

CBS (3.56 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then claimed a distant second place with its all-repeat lineup of "CSI: NY" (3.20 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "48 Hours Mystery" (3.46 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and another "48 Hours Mystery" (4.00 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was NBC (2.97 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its own repeat mix of "America's Got Talent" (2.04 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.03 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.85 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

And finally, FOX (1.33 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with its coverage of "College Football: Hawai'i at USC" (1.33 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Eli Manning and musical guest Rihanna (2.9/8 in metered-market households), dominated its time period. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.2 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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