TV Ratings Saturday: Notre Dame at Michigan State Beats Southern California at Stanford

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September 16th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC NBC FOX CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.848 3.552 2.660 4.166

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.

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

On ABC, Saturday Night College Football (Notre Dame at Michigan State) scored a preliminary 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Saturday Night College Football (Southern California at Stanford) scored a preliminary 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

ON CBS, a new 48 Hours Mystery, earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, September 15, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Saturday Night College Football (8-11) -L 1.5 5 4.85
FOX Saturday Night College Football (8-10) -L 0.9 3 2.66
NBC The Voice -R (8-10PM) 0.9 3 3.35
CBS NCIS -R 0.7 2 4.23
9:00PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.6 2 3.87
10:00 PM NBC The Voice -R 1.2 4 3.95
CBS 48 Hours: Mystery - R 0.8 2 4.40

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


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  • John A

    I thought 48 Hours started new on sep 29th?

  • Hillbilly

    Don’t look like either game was a power house for ratings. :???:

  • elliotness

    Those ratings are not good for college football

  • Nick

    Notre Dame ratings very disapointing for prime time. FOX is struggling to keep up with ABC. Pac 12 just does not have any national appeal with the exception of USC.

  • Derrick

    Nick, US was in that game and it still didnt get any views.

    I have been saying it for a while. College football fans are not like NFL fans. NFL fans will watch any team play. College fans will only watch their favorite teams unless its 2 top 10 teams playing.

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