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TV Ratings: CBS's CHAOS Quietly Fades Away; Fox Wins a Slow Saturday with 'Cops' and 'Indestructibles' Special

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July 17th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.1/5 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 3.33 3.34 3.75 2.87

Fox led the night with adults 18-49 and CBS won the night with viewers.  Fox was paced by COPS repeats and an animated the National Geographic  The Indestructibles special that scored a broadcast primetime best 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The night's only  other original, the final episode of canceled CHAOS was steady versus  last week with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

While nowhere near the levels of its first airing, the two hour repeat of Diane Sawyer's interview with Jaycee Dugard scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating which is about 50% better than ABC did last week between 9-11 with repeats of Expedition Impossible and Rookie Blue.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX COPS (R) 8-9p 1.0/5 3.17
ABC 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (R) 0.6/3 2.45
CBS CHAOS (Finale) 0.5/2 3.04
NBC Minute To Win It (R) 0.4/2 2.16
9:00 FOX The Indestructibles 1.2/5 3.49
ABC Jaycee Dugard: In Her Own Words (R) 9-11p 0.9/3 3.79
CBS The Mentalist (R) 0.5/2 3.65
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.5/2 2.43
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 0.9/3 4.55
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Units (R) 0.9/3 4.02

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