TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops,' 'America's Most Wanted' Lead Fox; 'Outlaw' Series Finale Goes Quietly

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November 14th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.268 4.109 5.248 3.875

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC  (College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

As it does time and again, the COPS / America's Most Wanted duo put Fox on top of the adults 18-49 ratings on Saturday night, leading both their hours as well.

The new and repeat COPS scored identical 1.5 adults 18-49 ratings (up two tenths in the first half hour from last week), and America's Most Wanted's 1.3 rating was down two tenths from last Saturday.

The series finale of NBC's Outlaw drew just a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, but that was up two tenths from a week ago.

The ABC Saturday Night College Football game was in different parts of the country either Clemson at Florida State, Oklahoma State at Texas or USC at Arizona, and it averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating on the night.

CBS's 48 Hour Mystery drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last Saturday.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, November 13, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX COPS 1.5 5 4.224
ABC Saturday Night Football P 1.1 4 4.700
CBS THE Mentalist - R 0.8 3 4.338
NBC OUTLAW 0.5 2 3.389
8:30 FOX COPS - R 1.5 5 4.475
ABC Saturday Night Football P 1.1 4 4.609
CBS THE Mentalist - R 0.8 3 4.921
NBC OUTLAW 0.6 2 3.391
9:00 FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted:  A 1.4 4 4.340
ABC Saturday Night Football P 1.1 3 4.377
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.8 3 5.079
NBC LAW & ORDER:  LOS ANGELES -R 0.6 2 3.028
9:30 FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted:  A 1.3 4 4.033
ABC Saturday Night Football P 1.0 3 3.798
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.9 3 5.408
NBC LAW & ORDER:  LOS ANGELES -R 0.7 2 3.401
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.1 4 5.461
NBC LAW & ORDER:  SVU -R 1.0 3 4.517
ABC Saturday Night Football P 0.9 3 3.474
10:30 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.5 5 6.280
NBC LAW & ORDER:  SVU -R 1.3 4 5.526

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