TV Ratings Saturday: College Football -- Notre Dame vs. Michigan Beats Clemson vs. Florida State; '48 Hours Mystery' Up

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September 23rd, 2012

Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.7/5 0.8/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.016 4.364 4.935 2.828

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC, NBC & FOX ( College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

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

On NBC, Saturday Night College Football  (Michigan at Notre Dame) notched a preliminary 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Saturday Night College Football  (Clemson at Florida State) scored a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.5 fast nationals.

On FOX, Saturday Night College Football (Kansas State at Oklahoma) garnered a preliminary 0.8 adults 18-49 rating,down from last week's 0.9.

On CBS, a new 48 Hours Mystery, earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.8..

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC College Football (8-11PM) - Live 1.9/6 6.02
ABC College Football (8-11PM) -Live 1.7/5 4.36
FOX College Football (8-110M) - Live 0.8/2 2.83
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 0.6/2 4.40
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds - R 0.8/3 5.17
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.9/3 5.24

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


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  • Nick


  • Jacob

    It would be interesting to see what ESPN and ESPN2 did since every week a SEC team has lead the tv ratings up to this point.

  • cortexifan

    I want to know how Fringe did.

  • iggy

    48 Hours was a rerun from February.

  • cc

    Football night on the networks, pfft. They’re forcing people to find other alternatives.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Football night on the networks, pfft. They’re forcing people to find other alternatives.”

    You mean all those people who were previously flocking to the broadcast repeats will have to find other alternatives?

    Both of them?

  • elliotness

    Most people would rather watch college football than this other crap repeats they put on.

  • Jacob

    SEC football is probably the best alternative which had #2 LSU facing Auburn on ESPN or ESPN2 which had #5 Georgia versus Vanderbuilt.

  • Hillbilly

    Has Fox won the time slot this year with the games they showed?

  • VegasMirage

    Do you ever show the ratings of SNL?

  • Spencer

    Ratings for SNL?

  • k:Alex

    Here in the Netherlands is Saturday full of entertainment shows (like the Friday and Sunday), why nothing happens in America on TV, it’s still weekend?

  • Ultima

    Has Fox won the time slot this year with the games they showed?

    Nope, it’s been ABC, ESPN, ESPN so far (and I expect NBC will hold up in the finals this week).

  • Hillbilly


    Thanks for the info.

  • Tyson

    Saturday Night Live and the Fringe repeats don’t air in primetime. Therefore, they won’t be included with the primetime shows. Sometimes, NBC writes a press release to brag about the SNL ratings.


    Zzzzzzz2 (ie) the old man is still snoring

    Put the blame on Mame, though–watched TCM for Rita Hayworth–TOUCHDOWN!

  • Antonio

    Are that many fewer people watching on Saturday versus Friday that its so financially unfeasible for broadcast to air original scripted programs? Saturday is so boring. I’d even settle for a Love Boat remake.


    @ Antonio

    There was a rather lively debate about this earlier in the week on the prelim post either Thurs or Fri

    Bill G keeps stating economics, but I disagree–even last year (all year)

    Sat NBC: 8:00 Rock Centre
    9:00 Off Their Rockers/SNL 1/2 (like Thurs 8:00)
    10:00 SVU/Chicago Hope encores, or Saving Hope originals

    How hard is that to do?



    CORRECTION: 10:00 Chicago Fire

  • RJ


    NBC can’t even program half of the weeknight schedule, why would they waste time on Saturday?

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