TV Ratings Saturday: '48 Hours: Mystery' Double Dose Tops Night

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July 22nd, 2012


Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.04 3.03 1.89 2.70

NBC and CBS tied for number one among adults 18-49  while CBS was on top in total viewers.

Note: Sorry, we only have half hours ratings today. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 21 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops -R 0.6 2 2.020
NBC 30 Greatest Olympic Moments 0.6 3 2.540
CBS NYC 22 0.4 2 3.330
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -R 0.4 2 2.030
8:30 PM FOX Cops -R 0.9 3 2.460
NBC 30 Greatest Olympic Moments 0.7 3 3.130
CBS NYC 22 0.5 2 3.590
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition -R 0.5 2 2.210
9:00PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.7 3 3.960
ABC Castle -R 0.6 2 2.780
NBC Law and Order SVU -R 0.5 2 2.420
FOX Mobbed -R 0.6 2 1.660
9:30 PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.8 3 4.410
NBC Law and Order SVU -R 0.7 2 3.020
ABC Castle -R 0.6 2 3.050
FOX Mobbed -R 0.6 2 1.660
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.9 3 4.38
NBC Law and Order SVU -R 0.8 3 3.34
ABC Castle -R 0.5 2 3.03
10:30 PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.0 3 4.59
NBC Law and Order SVU -R 0.9 3 3.73
ABC Castle -R 0.5 2 3.08


Saturday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • RJ

    Ball Boys is up three tenths from last week. I have to wonder if ABC was pre-empted somewhere.

  • John A

    SVU a big improvement than the firm for NBC.

  • Mike

    Ball Boys didn’t air. ABC pulled it in favor of another Castle episode.

  • SJ

    I thought they re-aired the two-parter of Castle instead of Ball Boys?

  • SJ

    …that’s what I get for not refreshing.

  • adanskiii

    SVU was the only show to crack a 1.0. Sloow night.

  • cc

    Not even a 1.0 for the night. That’s pathetic. Any other job turning in consistently falling numbers would be seeing pink slips all around. TV, excuses are made.

  • Austin Lauran

    Would The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men get the same ratings they did on Thursday if they were on CBS yesterday night?

  • RJ

    @ adanskiii,

    You must have misread it on accident. 48 Hours Mystery was the only show to crack a 1.0 demo.

  • iggy.

    Both 48 Hours were reruns, according to listings.

  • Kyle. S

    Why apologize for half hours? They’re better than the full hour ratings.

  • jason E

    I thought the 48 hours in the last few days were focused on the shooting

  • USAmerica1st

    Cops is hanging in there. I wonder if Fox regrets pulling America’s Most Wanted which lives on at Lifetime with a recent 20 episode order. John Walsh has busted over 20 punks since it started there.

  • James C.

    It’s funny that people are even bothering to care about whether shows are up or down at these numbers. All but one show is 0.x. I know it’s a Saturday in the summer, but you can see why broadcast TV is on “borrowed time,” as one supreme court justice said recently. And if Aereo succeeds in court at retransmitting free broadcasts over the internet, you could see networks go cable-only pretty quickly.

  • USAmerica1st

    @iggy. @Jason E. The first 48 hours show was on a past case. The second show was on the Colorado shooting.

  • Don

    Hooray for 48 hours mystery.

  • Matt

    So werid not seeing The Firm there.

  • Melanie

    @cc, You do realize majority of these are repeats right? I think that would explain such a slow night overall.

  • Joseph

    I wonder if there were specials Saturday night (July 21st) on the cable news channels covering the aftermath of the Colorado theatre massacre. If there were, they might have taken a chunk of viewers away from broadcast networks.c

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