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TV Ratings Saturday: '48 Hours Mystery' & 'Law & Order:SVU' Tangle

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May 20th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC FOX CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 4.01 2.95 2.99 4.16

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

ABC and NBC tied among adults 18-49 while CBS ranked number one with total viewers on another slow Saturday night.

On CBS, 48 Hours Mystery earned a 1.0 among adults 18-49, down from last week's 1.2, but still ranked as the night's top rated original program, but it was tied by a repeat of Law & Order:SVU.

On FOX, because the baseball game was live, its preliminary ratings shouldn't be used for comparison purposes.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, May 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC Spider Man 3 (8-11 PM) 0.9/3 2.95
FOX Baseball (8-10PM) 0.8/3 2.99
NBC America's Got Talent - R 0.7/3 3.32
CBS CSI - R 0.4/2 3.44
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.1/4 4.34
CBS Criminal Minds - R 0.7/2 4.22
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.0/3 4.82
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.0/3 4.38

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

Definitions:

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.  More information on ratings is available here.

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.)

Fast National 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.

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.
For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • NJ

    AGT doubled The Firm. Wonder when I can watch the finale.

  • MattM

    Wow, I thought Sox vs. Cubs would have gotten a way better number, though it was a blowout until the 9th.

  • Jack

    Wow, SVU repeat 1.0!

  • a p garcia

    To be fair the game ended on the local Fox affiliate about 15 minutes into 48 hour Mystery.

  • Survivor Fan

    I thought that Phillies/ Red Sox would do better numbers. I guess it deserves those low ratings because the Red Sox beat us (Phillies).

  • John A

    Decent numbers for NBC. Alot better than the firm at least.

  • David Howell

    An SVU rerun on Saturday does better in the demo than new Harry’s Law on Sunday. And that’s why HL is cancelled.

  • RJ

    “We’ll have to wait until the final ratings on Tuesday.”

    Are we going to actually see the final ratings for Saturday?

  • cc

    Lmao at the ratings. They put on crap and think viewers will watch anything.

    If that doesn’t prove the viewers mean nothing.

  • Jordan

    FOX Baseball was Regional coverage, here in Raleigh we got the Nats vs. O’s game.

  • Sports Preemption

    @ air-quote “Sara”

    On FOX, because the baseball game was live, its preliminary ratings shouldn’t be used for comparison purposes. We’ll have to wait until the final ratings on Tuesday.

    Wait, does that mean we will actually see the Saturday final ratings, or that you guys will see them for your own benefit and we’ll stay in the dark.

    Bah, looked through the comments before I posted this and I see RJ beat me to the punch, but I’m still gonna post cause it merits saying yet again.

  • Pardo

    Fox ratings… Bayern x Chelsea 3pm?? Please *-*

  • JohnnyRico

    Fox should really consider dropping MLB next time their contract expires. They are getting the same ratings as other networks reruns which must be cheaper for them. As the average baseball fan gets older those 18-49 numbers will only get worse long term.

  • DW

    spider-man 3 is no blind side. :)

  • Mark

    God these shows suck

  • K

    @Mark, which ones?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Wait, does that mean we will actually see the Saturday final ratings, or that you guys will see them for your own benefit and we’ll stay in the dark.’

    Sorry, my mistake implying in my later edit that we’d actually post the Saturday finals. We will be keeping you in the dark and just marveling at them ourselves, as usual. I have edited the post again to correct the error.

  • Matt

    0.8 for 3M viewers?

    More proof that baseball is a mostly old audience. That doesn’t bode well for them 20 years down the road.

  • One @ Bill Gorman

    Of course you’d be keeping them to yourselves rather than telling everyone that Spotted Ratings dumps them on the net every Wednesday. You don’t want to divert a couple hundred views a week to his website! ;)

  • Oliver

    AGT is a much bigger draw than Harry’s Law and The Firm. NBC’s ratings are very respectable for Saturday repeats.

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