TV Ratings Saturday: Alabama/Michigan Gives ABC an Easy Win Over Hawaii/Southern California and Repeats

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September 2nd, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/11 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.749 3.557 2.973 1.352

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC & FOX (College Football)  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 was number one last night with both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On ABC, Saturday Night College Football (Alabama/Michigan) scored a preliminary 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Saturday Night College Football (Hawaii/Southern California) scored a preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, September 1, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Saturday Night College Football (8-11) -L 3.0 11 7.749
FOX Saturday Night College Football (8-10) -L 0.5 2 1.352
CBS CSI: NY -R 0.4 2 3.204
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.4 2 2.041
9:00PM CBS 48 Hours: Mystery -R 0.7 2 3.464
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.6 2 3.028
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours: Mystery -R 0.8 3 4.003
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.7 2 3.851

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


Fast Affiliate 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.

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.

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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.

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  • Atlanta

    Very interesting disparity between the two football games, or is that because the #1 college team in on the west coast?

  • jane

    Michigan boys are so hot

  • Kaylie

    Why does NBC air AGT reruns? Milking out its live ratings.

  • Julia

    What game? There was no Michigan game last night. Nope. Season doesn’t start until next week.

  • a p garcia

    It was a blowout on FOX.

  • RJ

    Awful start for FOX.

  • Allen

    Holy crap.

    What happened to FOX?

  • iggy

    FOX gets lucky next week when ABC is saddled with NASCAR.

  • jp

    both games werent close. but alabama vs michigan did better because one: the midwest viewers. two: both teams are brand names in the sport. three: USC is a brand but Hawaii was very inferior opponent. Next week FOX should do better with UCLA vs NEBRASKA and its the only football game in primetime. ABC will be airing a NASCAR race.

  • Walker

    @Julia *BA-DUM-SHHH!*

    But sheesh, that’s a terrible start for Fox. Then again, there were hardly any interesting matchups last night.

  • Austin Lauran

    Off topic (related to ABC):

    What do you think Modern Family and The Middle will get for their season premieres? I’m guessing a 3.5-6.0 in the 18-49 demo/12+ million viewers for Modern Family and a 2.5-3.0 in the 18-49 demo/8+ million viewers for The Middle.

  • ragincajun

    Well, ESPN’s fixing the preseason rankings for MEEEECHIGAN worked with the ratings, but that team in no way shape or form belongs in the TOP 10. Hell, if not for Denard Robinson, the team shouldn’t even be in the TOP 25.

  • nano

    In your face, FOX!!! So glad ABC beat them.

  • DJnATL

    Is America’s Got Talent on EVERY NIGHT on NBC? Wow.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Good start for College Football on ABC but too bad the game sucked or the game would’ve stuck in that 9-10 million range and over a 3 in the demo.

    It looks like FOX was blindsided by competition so there might be a lot of weeks like this where there’s a big game on the other networks but FOX should benefit in the future with better match-ups and bad games on ABC. Not too worried about FOX out of the gate as I was expecting a rating like this from them. USC beating up on Hawaii should’ve been on cable. Hopefully FOX will have the rights to air one of those USC-Oregon match-ups.

  • Charlie Sheen

    @ DJnATL

    LOL! It seems like Got Talent has been on pretty much every night since the season started in May. That’s probably why the numbers are down this year. People know NBC will repeat it every night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Julia, I LOL’d. So much for closing the gap with the SEC. ;)

  • 728huey

    In fairness to FOX, USC was the top ranked team in the country, but Hawaii was a really awful opponent to start their season with. On the other hand, while Alabama beat the crap out of Michigan, you at least had the defending national champions playing a BCS team from last season. But in general, most of the top ranked teams do everything in their power to schedule some cupcake team in the first week to look impressive, which is why most of the top 25 team games are blowouts.

    In fact, the most interesting game of the week on a purely action-packed standpoint happened much earlier in the day on ESPN 2, when you had two middle-of-the-road teams facing each other in Northwestern and Syracuse. Syracuse took the early lead, then Northwestern went on a rampage and led by 25 points only to nearly blow it and let Syracuse take the lead with just 2:40 remaining in the game. But Northwestern came back with the game winning tocuhdown with just :44 seconds left, eeking out a 42-41 victory.

    Honorable mentions go out to Ohio U/Penn State and Clemson/Auburn for being compelling yet low scoring games that were worth watching.

  • USAmerica1st

    A better Alabama/MIchigan game would have given ABC better ratings. It was virtually over in 10 minutes. Roll Tide, indeed!

  • elliotness

    Why was a USC vs Hawaii game on Broadcast? Hawaii is popularity nonexistant. Just wait when USC plays against OREGON and watch the ratings explode to 10 million

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