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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  • Austin Lauran

    Does anybody know why NBC usually airs reruns of SVU on Saturday nights?


    @ RJ

    Just answering Antonio’s post & used NBC as an example, as we were discussing NBC Thurs on Fri’s prelim

  • Cory

    @ Austin Lauran

    It repeats well,for saturday night, I think it was able to reach 1.0 few times

  • Chris O.

    I know that these are cable shows, but any news on the new episodes of Victorious and Big Time Rush at 8 & 8:30 on Nick? Thanks.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Chris O: No. BTW, you will *never* see Friday cable ratings before Monday or Saturday cable ratings before Tuesday unless the networks order special reports and release the info early.

  • Carmen

    The ratings for the 3 games came in where I would have expected them to.

    Michigan – Notre Dame has more national following than the other 2 games

    Clemson and Florida State is a major regional game and the schools are located in more populous areas so will draw more national interest than a Oklahoma – Kansas State match up. Especially this early in the college season.

    I think it should be noted, though, that NBC does not seem to have any trouble drawing viewers when it has a good product on. In short, people seem to be able to find NBC on their dials when they want to.

  • Nick The Greek

    FOX will never win the Saturday night College Football battle with ABC as long as Gus Johnson is calling the games. Terrible announcer. FOX also hasn’t establised a presense yet since this is their first year telivising natioanl weekly games. Their only experience was the BCS games a couple of years ago.

  • Joseph

    NBC’s ratings for Saturday’s Notre Dame/Michigan game will likely convince that network to move all of it’s ND football games next year to prime-time.

    This will result in three live college football games in prime time on the broadcast networks on most Saturdays next year and beyond.

  • Anthony0717

    Fox did better with Cops & America’s Most Wanted combo.

  • Lamdog

    It is still early for Fox and may take a couple of years as the conference they are featuring, the Big 12, does not have the fire power of the SEC or ACC, once the scheduling in the Big 12 become more competitive especially the outer conference games the numbers will rise.

  • arnold edgar

    Fox TV is out of there league on broadcasting college football games. the coverage stinks,the broadcasters are not up to date on info with college football knowledge.the picture is so enlarged,the score can not be seen on the tv. it is way off to the left,and not visible.Fox’s coverage of the NFL is average at best.the anouncers,prelim,half time,and final’s are not worth viewing. instead of being professional,they try and turn into a comedy show.Fox needs to leave college football to ABC/ESPN.and they wonder why there network shows stink.

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