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TV Ratings: FOX Wins Another Saturday, NBC’s ‘Persons Unknown‘ Falls Again

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August 1st, 2010

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 1.4/6 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.45 4.16 2.72 2.54

As is typical when there are no sporting or other special events, FOX's battle-scarred lineup of COPS and America's Most Wanted won Saturday night.

As is also typical, NBC's Persons Unknown went mostly unwatched.  It keeps dropping though and now it is below 2 million viewers.

Below are half hourly numbers via Marc Berman.  Please note, yes, I'm aware that the half hourly numbers for FOX don't seem to jibe with the networks' average.  Also note, at least when I looked at it he showed Wipeout at 8pm and the movie Flightplan from 8p-10pm.  But that wasn't the actual schedule so I substituted what actually aired and assumed the half hour data was correct and only the labels were wrong.  It's Sunday, Marc is at the TCA, and hardly anyone watched Persons Unknown either way.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 31, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX COPS 1.3/6 3.86
ABC Movie: Flightplan (R) 0.6/3 2.53
CBS Cold Case (R) 0.4/2 2.90
NBC Persons Unknown 0.4/2 1.67
8:30 FOX COPS (R) 1.5/6 4.58
ABC Movie: Flightplan (R) 0.6/3 2.54
CBS Cold Case (R) 0.6/2 3.39
NBC Persons Unknown 0.4/2 1.53
9:00 FOX America's Most Wanted 1.5/6 4.56
CBS CSI (R) 0.7/3 3.67
ABC Movie: Flightplan (R) 0.7/3 2.83
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.5/2 2.24
9:30 FOX America's Most Wanted 1.5/6 4.79
CBS CSI (R) 0.8/3 4.10
ABC Movie: Flightplan (R) 0.8/3 3.11
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.5/2 2.71
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 0.9/4 5.04
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.7/2 3.27
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.6/2 2.66
10:30 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.2/4 5.89
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.9/3 3.78
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.6/2 2.66

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

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