Saturday Broadcast Ratings: Repeats, College Football, 48 Hours Mystery, America's Most Wanted and Zzzzzz

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October 19th, 2008

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC
Total Viewers (million) 6.15 5.14 4.87 3.22
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.3/4 1.8/6 1.7/5 0.8/3

Yawn.  CBS' combination of "Crimetime Saturday" reruns and 48 Hours Mystery had the most viewers on an incredibly lackluster primetime broadcast network Saturday Night.  But CBS was third among 18-49 viewers. Fox had the best 18-49 results with the time-tested lineup of Cops and America's Most Wanted.  AMW was the only show for the evening to reach (exactly) a 2.0 rating among 18-49 year olds.

The Saturday Night Football matchup on ABC (I believe Missouri at #1 Texas) came in second among 18-49 year olds.

America's Toughest Jobs unsurprisingly had an even tougher time on Saturday than Friday and it and rerun of My Own Worst Enemy barely registered an audience. Fortunately for NBC, Sarah Palin's appearance on Saturday Night Live was much, much more popular!

I look forward to seeing the ratings for game six of the Boston Red Sox vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.  It may well have outperformed everything on broadcast during primetime.

Full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 CBS Criminal Minds (R) 5.97 1.1/4
ABC Saturday Night Football (8p-11p) 4.87 1.7/5
FOX Cops 4.60 1.6/6
NBC America's Toughest Jobs 2.49 0.7/2
9:00 CBS CSI: NY (R) 6.26 1.3/4
FOX America's Most Wanted 5.68 2.0/6
NBC My Own Worst Enemy (R) 2.44 0.6/2
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 6.40 1.6/5
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 4.73 1.3/4

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot. Timeslot demo winners are in bold.

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


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