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TV Ratings: Fox Wins Another Saturday as America's Most Wanted Turns 1000

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March 7th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.93 6.33 4.44 3.81

FOX easily won the night with adults 18-49 with its time-tested Saturday night lineup that featured the landmark 1000th episode of America's Most Wanted.   One thousand episodes and 22 years on the air is a most impressive accomplishment.   Congratulations to John Walsh and the crew at AMW.  The landmark episode included a sit down with President Obama (video below).

CBS won the night in total viewers with repeats of  NCIS, CSI: Miami and a new 48 Hours Mystery.

Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX COPS (original and repeat) 2.0/7 6.07
CBS NCIS (R) 1.0/4 6.17
NBC Parenthood (R) 0.8/3 3.27
ABC 20/20 Before They Were Stars (R) 0.7/3 4.17
9:00 FOX America's Most Wanted (1000th Episode) 1.8/6 5.80
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.1/4 5.72
NBC Law & Order (R) 1.0/3 4.77
ABC Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (R) 0.7/2 3.41
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.4/5 7.09
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.4/5 5.28
ABC Castle (R) 0.7/2 3.85


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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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