TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Tops, As ABC, CBS & FOX Tie On A Low Rated Night

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February 5th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.874 3.268 3.244 3.801

On a night when few were watching broadcast primetime TV, ABC, CBS and Fox tied on top the adults 18-49 ratings for the night.

Two new episodes of Cops drew a 1.3 and 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Its second half hour was the top rated telecast on the night.

A new 48 Hours Mystery for CBS drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, even with its episode last Saturday.

And leave it to NBC to prove that not everything associated with NFL football draws ratings, as the NFL Honors special drew just a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, February 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 1.3 4 3.892
ABC Transformers (movie, 8-11p) 1.0 3 3.244
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 0.8 3 3.343
NBC Harry's Law -R 0.6 2 4.328
8:30PM FOX Cops 1.4 4 4.247
CBS Rob -R 0.7 2 2.919
9:00PM CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.0 3 5.043
NBC NFL Honors (special, 9-11p) 0.9 3 3.537
FOX The Finder -R 0.6 2 2.466
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.3 4 6.180

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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