TV Ratings Saturday: NASCAR Beats College Football

Scoreboard ABC FOX NBC CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.845 3.787 2.804 2.314

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC, & FOX (NASCAR, & College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. To further complicate matters, NASCAR’s start was weather delayed, and both sports programs started before primetime. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was number one last night with adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On ABC, NASCAR scored a preliminary 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Saturday Night College Football scored a preliminary 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

ON CBS, reruns replaced scheduled U.S. Open Tenniswhich was postponed due to bad weather.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, September 8, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC NASCAR Racing (8-11PM) – Live 1.3/4 4.85
FOX College Football (8-10PM) -Live 1.2/4 3.79
NBC America’s Got Talent – R 0.5/2 2.08
CBS Hawaii Five-0 – R 0.3/1 2.00
9:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU  – R 0.5/2 2.43
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 0.3/1 2.06
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU  – R 0.7/2 2.91
CBS 48 Hours Mystery – R 0.6/2 2.88

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.

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.)

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.

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