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.


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  • Ccemerson

    WoW Those are low #’s across the board. Nobody was watching the networks last nite.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Austin Lauran

    As best as I can tell, it was “Touched By An Angel,” that finished #22 in 2000-01

  • Ultima

    @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?

    The District spent its entire run (CBS 2000-2004) on Saturdays. It’s viewership was decent its first season (#35), no idea about 18-49 ratings though.

    The last hit scripted show to air primarily on Saturdays was Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS 1993-2001). Chuck Norris! :)

    Touched by an Angel was also mentioned, however, it moved off Saturdays in the mid-90s and became a hit on Sundays, before finishing up to drastically lower ratings on Saturday.

    There hasn’t been a top 10 show (in viewers) on Saturday since The Golden Girls ended in 1992.

  • Cornys

    I am a pretty big NASCAR fan, but trying to force people to watch a race is wrong “One”. It is aggravating that very few people are able to understand the sport, but you can’t force people to do so just by watching a race unless A) they are willing to watch already, and B) they are open to the idea that it’s more interesting than what the majority of people believe it to be.

  • BigBrotherFan

    “Thats Life” premired on CBS on Saturday Oct 2000 and was there for a season before being cancelled on Fridays. I remember in did well in total viewers. No clue about demo.

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