TV Ratings Saturday: Final Night of Olympic Competition Down But Still Wins Big; 'NYC 22' Finale Up

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August 12th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC FOX ABC CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.0/18 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 18.57 2.45 2.69 2.94

NBC was number one among adults 18-49  and in total viewers.

From 8-11PM, the XXX Olympics averaged a 5.0 among adults 18-49 from 8-11PM, down from a 7.8 for last week's fast nationals and down 2% from a 5.1 fast national for the second Saturday night of the Beijing Olympics on August 24, 2008.

On CBS, the series finale of NYC 22 earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating,  up from last week.

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, August 11, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 2.9/12 12.39
FOX Cops - R 0.9/4 2.75
ABC The Game Plan 0.6/3 2.38
CBS NYC 22 (Series Finale) 0.5/2 2.83
8:30 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 3.3/13 14.11
FOX Cops - R 0.9/4 2.84
ABC The Game Plan 0.7/3 2.41
CBS NYC 22 (Series Finale) 0.5/2 2.41
9:00 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 4.7/17 18.01
ABC The Game Plan 0.7/3 2.72
FOX Mobbed - R 0.7/3 2.04
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 0.5/2 2.67
9:30 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 5.5/19 20.53
ABC The Game Plan 0.8/3 3.10
FOX Mobbed - R 0.8/3 2.17
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 0.5/2 3.09
10:00 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 6.3/21 22.26
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 0.6/2 2.96
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 2.64
10:30 NBC XXX Summer Olympics 7.0/23 24.05
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 0.7/2 3.28
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 2.88


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


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  • The End

    As of 30 minutes ago, the Olympics officially ended, the flame is now out and everyone going home. Great event and closing ceremony.

    Lots to love there, and a fine way to end things.

  • K

    @The End

    O happy day.


    I am going to miss the Olympics more than ever, they gave me a reason to actually pay attention to my television for hours and hours everyday.


  • me

    I enjoyed this year’s Olympics. They were lots of fun! I like gymnastics and swimming the best. and Track and field, beach volleyball, and diving were also very good. NBC did a great job with the coverage. The Opening ceremonies and Closing ceremonies were both nice too. and I saw Animal Practice last night too. I didn’t think it was all that bad. parts of it were funny. and I thought that monkey was cute!

  • PHIL

    I thought Big Brother aired

  • Lisa

    I enjoyed the Olympics a lot! The only sour note was when NBC aired a history lesson for the first hour of Saturday’s supposed Olympic coverage. I tuned in to watch sports. Otherwise, I was okay with the tape delay, and I saw a lot of the material online as well, including sports I wouldn’t normally watch but enjoyed anyway.

  • The End


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