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TV Ratings: FOX Wins Slow Saturday; Good News / Bad News for Persons Unknown Fans

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July 25th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 3.85 4.19 3.09 2.89

As is typical with most Saturday nights not involving a sporting event, FOX's crusty battle-scarred Saturday night lineup of COPS and America's Most Wanted took top honors.

With The Bridge now canceled on CBS (replaced by a rerun of the canceled Cold Case which bettered last week's performance with adults 18-49 by 100%), that left NBC's recently relocated Persons Unknown as the only original scripted programming on the broadcast networks Saturday night.

Good news:  it's safe to say that Persons Unknown had the best performance of any original scripted content on the broadcast nets on Saturday night. Bad news: it was still the worst-rated hour of television on the broadcast networks.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 24, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX COPS (Original & Repeat) 0.9/4 3.34
ABC Movie: The Game Plan (8p-10p) 0.8/3 2.93
CBS Cold Case (R) 0.6/2 3.48
NBC Persons Unknown 0.5/2 2.09
9:00 FOX America's Most Wanted 1.3/5 4.37
CBS CSI (R) 0.8/3 4.00
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.6/2 2.82
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.2/4 5.10
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 1.0/4 4.36
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.7/2 2.81

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

Definitions:
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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.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX COPS (Original & Repeat) 0.9/4 3.34
ABC Movie: The Game Plan (8p-10p) 0.8/3 2.93
NBC Persons Unknown 0.5/2 2.09
CBS Cold Case (R) 0.6/2 3.48
9:00 FOX America's Most Wanted 1.3/5 4.37
CBS CSI (R) 0.8/3 4.00
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.6/2 2.82
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.2/4 5.10
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 1.0/4 4.36
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.7/2 2.81
 
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