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TV Ratings: ABC Saturday College Football Wins, Even If Penn State Didn't

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September 27th, 2009

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Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
rating/Share: Adults 18-49 2.1/7 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 5.96 4.58 5.19 4.05

Note: coverage of live events like last night's ABC College Football telecast makes ABC's numbers approximate and subject to greater than normal adjustment. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate ratings.

ABC's Saturday Night College Football matchup between Penn State and Iowa easily won the night, and did a bit better than Texas/Texas Tech last week. Fox's reality crime put in a credible performance as usual.
Here are the half hour results from Marc Berman / MediaWeek:

8:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 5.76 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ rating/7 share (#1)

CBS – CSI (R)
Viewers: 3.99 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 3.25 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Fox – COPS
Viewers: 4.02 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 5.64 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 7 (#1)

CBS – CSI (R)
Viewers: 4.62 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order (R)
Viewers: 3.71 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

Fox – COPS (R)
Viewers: 4.56 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 6.16 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CBS – The Good Wife (R)
Viewers: 4.88 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

NBC – Mercy (R)
Viewers: 3.91 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

Fox – America’s Most Wanted
Viewers: 4.79 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 5.72 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#1)

CBS – The Good Wife (R)
Viewers: 5.29 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

NBC – Mercy (R)
Viewers: 3.71 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

Fox – America’s Most Wanted
Viewers: 4.95 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 6.01 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.81 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 4.44 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3) 

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Saturday Night Football
Viewers: 6.46 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours Mystery (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.53 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 5.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2t)

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From NBC:

In late-night metered-market households Saturday night:

  • The 35th season premiere of Saturday Night Live (4.6/11 in metered-market households), hosted by Megan Fox and featuring musical guest U2, dominated its time period.
  • Saturday Night Live delivered the #1 rating of the night in the metered markets, topping all primetime telecasts on all the major networks.  In fact, SNL outscored every Saturday primetime and late-night telecast on every major network over the past 16 weeks (since June 6).
  • Last year's season debut, boosted by extraordinary interest in the 2008 Presidential Election and a guest appearance by Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin, earned a 7.5/18 in metered-market households on September 13, 2008.  Two years ago, SNL opened with a 4.5/11 on September 29, 2007.

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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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