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TV Ratings Saturday: ABC College Football & Crimson Tide Roll Over Repeats

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September 6th, 2009

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Scoreboard ABC FOX NBC CBS
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2..4/8 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 6.60 3.87 4.09 3.96

Note: coverage of live events like last night's ABC College Football makes these numbers far more subject to change than on a typical night. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate ratings.

Against all repeat competition, ABC's Saturday Night College Football game featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Virginia Tech Hokies propelled the network to the win with a 2.4 rating for adults 18-49 and averaged 6.60 million viewers.

I'd be gloating about the Hokies loss last night, if the hapless Virginia Cavaliers hadn't lost to William & Mary. Ye gods.

FOX went with a four repeat block of COPS (8p-10p). NBC had an L&O repeat tri-fecta Law & Order: Criminal Intent,  Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.

CBS ran a repeat of  Ghost Whisperer and a double repeat of 48 Hours Mystery.

Here are the half hourly results from Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

8:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 5.44 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9 rating/7 share (#1)

CBS – Ghost Whisperer (R)
Viewers: 2.44 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3t)

NBC – Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)
Viewers: 3.01 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3t)

Fox – COPS (R)
Viewers: 3.39 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 6.93 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

CBS – Ghost Whisperer (R)
Viewers: 2.77 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

NBC – Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)
Viewers: 3.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

Fox – COPS (R)
Viewers: 4.15 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 6.71 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (R)
Viewers: 3.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

NBC – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 4.30 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

Fox – COPS (R)
Viewers: 4.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 7.02 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (R)
Viewers: 4.29 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)

NBC – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 4.78 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

Fox – COPS (R)
Viewers: 3.86 million (#4), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)


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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 5.79 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (R)
Viewers: 4.92 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.31 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football (season Premiere, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech)
Viewers: 7.69 million (#1), A18-49: 3.0/10 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (R)
Viewers: 5.68 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.72 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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