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Nielsen Ratings - March 8: Another Saturday Night...

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March 9th, 2008

Scoreboard for Sat, March 8, 2008 FOX CBS NBC ABC
Total Viewers (million) 6.77 6.52 5.26 4.24
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.4/7 1.7/5 1.4/4 0.9/3

Cops on Fox Boilerplate:  FOX's time-tested lineup of COPS and America's Most Wanted which was indeed again (and again, and again, etc) the most watched programming on a Saturday with FOX winning both the most overall viewers and the most 18-49 year old viewers.  Oddly the Saturday numbers seemed mostly up across the board, which is odd in the case of FOX because according to Marc Berman's report, last night's airing of COPS and America's Most Wanted were both repeats.   Repeats which outperformed original episodes from last week.

I'm not sure what to make of it, I posted a comment on Marc's report to see if he had any insight. If you're interested you should click the link for Marc's report above to see if there's any discussion on his site. 

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd speculate there has to be some glitch that occured due to daylight's savings time, but the truth is, it being Saturday night it just doesn't matter.  Except to perhaps ABC, which couldn't even generate a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic with a three hour repeat airing of the movie The Road to  Perdition.  On Saturday nights, it would seem that many more people are actually out on the road to perdition than those who want to stay home and watch a movie about it...

The good news for the Mouse is that it probably did OK with its ESPN network airing the North Carolina vs. Duke matchup.  In the battle of the coaches, good ole Roy Williams Tarheels put the Smackdown on Coach K and his kids.  In Duke's house no less. Sad.  Duke made a valiant comeback and even briefly took the lead before completely folding.  Carolina ended the game with a 10-0 run.  It will be interesting to see how that game did ratings-wise since on the all-important east coast, it was a primetime matchup.  I'm guessing it will make the cable top 40 so hopefully we'll know no later than Tuesday.

NBC ran it's all Law & Order franchise, all the time Saturday night programming which certainly bested ABC.  CBS had a rerun of CSI: NY followed by a two hour 48 Hours Mystery and almost had only a scant ~250,000 fewer average viewers than FOX, and came in second place both in total viewers and the 18-49 demo.

See the full night's half hourly details:

sorry TVBigshots players, no HH Ratings info was available.

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
         
8:00 ABC The Road to Perdition (Repeat, 8p-11p) 4.24 0.9/3
  CBS CSI: NY (Repeat) 5.12 1.2/4
  NBC Law & Order: CI (Repeat) 3.76 0.9/3
  FOX COPS (Repeat) 6.92 2.5/8
         
9:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (Repeat) 5.65 1.6/5
  FOX Americas Most Wanted (Repeat) 6.62 2.4/7
  CBS 48 Hours Mystery (9p-11p) 7.21 2.0/6
         
10:00 NBC Law & Order (Repeat) 6.37 1.8/5

Nielsen Ratings Source: Nielsen Media Research. Full night's results available via Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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