TV Ratings Saturday: Sooners Win And 'Big 12 Championship' Puts ABC On Top

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December 5th, 2010

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
Adults 18-49 Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.227 4.874 4.944 4.040

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.

Saturday Night College Football featuring the Big 12 Championship between Nebraska & Oklahoma* easily put ABC on top of the adults 18-49 ratings on Saturday night. Although ABC's fast affiliate ratings have the potential to be significantly adjusted, that fact won't change.

Fox's reality duo of COPS & America's Most Wanted kept them in second on the night. America's Most Wanted's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from its last episode two weeks ago.

CBS's Evan Almighty movie scored a 1.2 and 1.3 rating in its two hours, and a new 48 Hours Mystery tallied a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last Saturday's preliminary ratings.

*although in the Pacific (and perhaps Mountain) timezone much of primetime was local programming.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 4, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 1.9 7 7.350
FOX COPS - R 1.5 5 4.496
NBC CHASE - R 0.5 2 3.219
8:30 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2.3 8 8.255
FOX COPS - R 1.7 5 5.077
NBC CHASE - R 0.6 2 3.487
9:00 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2.3 7 8.214
FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted 1.6 5 4.990
NBC LAW & ORDER:  LA -R 0.6 2 3.411
9:30 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2.6 8 9.058
FOX AMERICA'S Most Wanted 1.5 5 4.932
NBC LAW & ORDER:  LA -R 0.7 2 3.805
10:00 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2.3 7 7.870
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.4 4 5.914
NBC LAW & ORDER:  SVU -R 1.0 3 4.781
10:30 ABC BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP 2.7 8 8.616
NBC LAW & ORDER:  SVU -R 1.2 4 5.539
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.1 4 5.452

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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 baseball 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. 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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