TV Ratings Saturday: NASCAR triumphs over College Football

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October 14th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.727 4.166 3.059 1.627

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX ( College Football)  & ABC (NASCAR) 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 with total viewers.

On ABC, NASCAR scored a preliminary 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Saturday Night College Football  (Southern California at Washington) notched a preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's preliminary 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 1.0, up from last week's preliminary 0.9.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC NASCAR -L 1.2 4 4.73
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 0.6 2 3.72
FOX Saturday Night College Football (8-10) -L 0.5 2 1.63
NBC Revolution -R 0.5 2 2.25
9:00PM NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.7 2 3.16
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.5 2 3.90
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 4.88
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.763

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.

  • hoki


  • Ricardo

    @hoki You, sir, are an idiot.

  • One


  • John A

    Just curious but does saturday have many adjustments in the finals? Like 48 Hours would that adjust up or down when new?

  • Survivor Fan

    @ John A

    It adjusted up last week. I know a website that has Saturday finals. I will share it if Bill and Robert are OK with it.

  • Tom

    @ One Watch NASCAR? Right. Thirty or so stock cars that are anything but stock running around an oval and into each other for hours on end. Fascinating.

  • One @ Tom

    You’re an idiot. I guarantee you, if you watch one race you will see things my way.

  • Anthony0717

    Was it a mistake to cancel Cops & AMW?

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Anthony0717
    COPS is not cancelled. It will come back after football season ends.

  • capslocke

    Wow Chicago Fire repeats well!

  • Dennis

    SVU better…

  • Austin Lauran

    When was the last time a scripted show on CBS, ABC, or NBC got high ratings on a Saturday Night sometime from 2000-present?

  • hoki

    Not cool.

  • colt13

    Always happy to see original programming get higher ratings than “encore” programming.

    Tom, you might find this funny-on another message board, a father was recounting a story of his 5 yr old wondering why the St. Louis Cardinals were playing Walgreens.

  • Joseph

    My guess is that the most-watched program last night (October 123th) was probably TBS’s broadcast of the first game of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees and Detroit, given that it featured a team in the number-one market (New York), and a Detroit Tigers team that has had some recent postseason success.

    I think it may have attracted 8-9 million viewers.

  • Ryan

    When FOX televises PAC 12 games during Saturday primetime I have to think these initial ratings are virtually meaningless for them, as most of the viewership for these games will naturally be in the Pacific Time Zone and these “fast affiliate” ratings capture time period stuff (usually filler type programming) that runs 8-10 PM PT after the football game is over.

  • Thomas

    Tigers Yankees got 6.8 million viewers on Tbs… from what I saw

  • toadytoady

    SVU beat all the other repeating dramas whatever the network…by quite a margin.
    Not bad for a 14 year old show.

  • E-A-G-L-E-S

    Chicago Fire repeats well.

  • John A

    @Survivor fan yeah post that link.

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