TV Ratings Saturday: Florida State at Miami Beats Kansas State at West Virgina, '48 Hours' Flat

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October 21st, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.599 4.817 2.818 2.281

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX and ABC ( 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 with total viewers.

On ABC, College Football (Florida State at Miami) scored a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football  (Kansas State at West Virginia) notched a preliminary 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 1.0 adutls 18-49 rating, matching last week's performance.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, October 20, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC College Football - Florida State at Miami (8-11 PM) Live 1.7/6 4.60
FOX College Football Kansas State at West Virginia (8-10:30PMPM) - Live 0.7/2 2.28
CBS CSI - R 0.6/2 4.45
NBC Revolution - R 0.5/2 1.94
9:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 0.7/2 4.52
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.7/2 2.73
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.0/3 5.48
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.9/3 3.79

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


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  • Bran

    Chicago fire repeat did well compared to the original. Maybe it should be moved to repeat/sports Saturday night

  • senor chang

    wtf why does Chicago Fire repeat so well

  • Matthew Chapman

    Error-CBS actually won in total viewers unless i’ve missed something.


    CSI (R) beats Revolution (R)–now that makes sense.

  • CrimTV

    More people are watching Revolution live and more are watching Chicago Fire on Saturdays?

  • Honey Badger

    @ THE OLD MAN you are right about the boring thread on Saturdays results. Fridays thread is much more informative and fun about many issues. Plus it is setting new records for posts on tvbynumbers.com.
    I recommended everyone go there to post messages, the link is http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/20/tv-ratings-friday-shark-tank-hits-series-high-nikita-premieres-low-grimm-csi-ny-blue-bloods-down/154036/

    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM
    WHOLLEY MOLLEY 623 POSTS & COUNTING (on Fridays results page)

  • Chris

    ABC was a regional split. Most did see Florida State-Miami, however Big 12 territory (mostly the central part of the country) saw Baylor-Texas.

  • Leondre

    SVU 300th episode on Wednesday at 9/8c. Please Watch!

  • Mark Wilkins

    I will Leondre, huge fan of SVU here.

  • Oliver

    I do wonder if the only reason Saturday is dead is because no-one airs anything worth watching on the night coupled with the perception that no-one watches TV on Saturday.

  • K


    Could be true. maybe many are either out or have gone to bed

  • Nick

    48 Hours was a 0.9 last week.

  • Mary

    Geez, wish I’ve known POI was on last night :(

  • Mon

    Of course! I just wish USA Network would repeat the pilot episode in preparation of the 300th episode. I heard there would be a connection betwren the two episodes.

  • Mon

    Ok I just saw on tv guide pilot episode is on today at 4pm.

  • Austin Lauran

    It seems like every drama or sitcom on CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC that has 24 episodes in its first season almost always gets a second season. Does anybody notice that?

  • iggy

    Yeah, ABC lists:

    College Football
    Regional Coverage All New
    Florida State at Miami or Baylor at Texas.

  • Ultima

    48 Hours was a 0.9 last week.

    In the prelims; it was adjusted up to a 1.0 in the finals.


    There are 654 less comments today (so far) than there were yesterday


    Think it’s a smart move to CBS to air reruns of BBT/2BG tonight

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