Ratings Saturday, September 20: Georgia's No USC

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September 21st, 2008

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Total Viewers (million) 5.02 4.86 3.72 3.66
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.7/6 1.0/3 1.3/4 0.9/3

Fox's steady Cops & America's Most Wanted combo took Saturday night for both average viewership with 5.02 million and demo adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating. Cops topped the demo from 8-9 with a 1.6 rating and America's Most Wanted lead the demo from 9-10 with a 1.7.

ABC, so successful last Saturday with College Football, learned painfully that Georgia vs. Arizona State is no USC vs. Ohio State. Saturday's College Football fell to just 3.72 million viewers for the night, but managed a second place in the demo with a 1.3 rating.

The only other new show for the night, 48 Hours Mystery, topped the 10-11 hour with 5.41 million viewers, and tied for the lead with a demo 1.3 rating.

Full details:

Time Net Show Viewers Live+SD (Millons) 18-49 Rating/ Share
8:00 FOX Cops (1 new, 1 repeat) 4.83 1.6/6
  ABC College Football (8-11p) 3.72 1.3/4
  CBS The Unit (repeat) 3.54 0.6/2
  NBC Chuck (repeat) 2.35 0.6/2
9:00 CBS NCIS (repeat) 5.62 1.4/4
  FOX America's Most Wanted 5.21 1.7/5
  NBC Law & Order:CI (repeat) 3.56 0.8/3
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 5.41 1.3/4
  NBC Law & Order: CI (repeat) 5.05 1.3/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2008 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


Fast Affiliate Overnight Ratings: Local metered-market ratings service of Nielsen Station Index (NSI) in which household ratings and shares are provided to clients the morning following the day or evening of telecast. While routinely used for "next day" immediate analysis, these fast affiliate ratings are by process inaccurate for programs that air live across a network since they represent affiliate time period performance. For example, last night's 10-11pm affiliate #'s would reflect 10pm on the East Coast but also 10pm on the West Coast which for a live event would not represent the same broadcast or portion of the broadcast.

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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