Updated:TV Ratings Saturday: Notre Dame Greater than World Series?

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October 28th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/8 2.4/8 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.612 8.998 4.395 2.464

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX (World Series) and ABC ( College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. The numbers are also more likely to see significant revision because we only saw the 8-10pm portion of the World Series game, so the numbers included here don't even include the end of the contest.  Similarly, the Notre Dame/Oklahoma game does not include the results past 11pm ET.

ABC was number one last night with adults 18-49, but FOX won with total viewers.

On ABC, College Football (Notre Dame at Oklahoma) scored a preliminary 2.5 adults 18-49 rating between 8-11p.

On FOX, The 2012 World Series Game 3  notched a preliminary 2.4 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10pm (because Fox normally only programs between 8-10p, the averages we saw were only through 10pm).

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

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, October 27, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC College Football Notre Dame v. Oklahoma (8p-11p) 2.5 8 7.61
FOX 2012 World Series (8-10p) 2.4 8 9.00
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.6 2 3.41
NBC Revolution -R 0.4 1 1.98
9:00PM CBS Criminal Minds -R 0.9 3 4.70
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.5 2 2.38
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 5.08
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.7 2 3.03

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.

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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.

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  • a p garcia

    I think the Yankees can beat Notre Dame.

  • matthew

    I think it would be so cool if Notre Dame could win out (y’all have no idea how hard that is for me to say seeing how I hate ND not as much as I hate Tennessee but I still hate them nonetheless) and Alabama could win out and them two play in the National Championship game that would be so cool to have two of college football’s most storied programs to face off in the National Championship. Plus I think it would be a ratings winner.

  • Jesse


    Ratings would be high but the game will probably suck. Two defensive minded teams.

  • Jesse

    I wanna see Oregon in there.


    I’m just glad I watched all 10 ep’s of “Yukon Men” & as hard as it is, will not mention “Jersey Shore”

  • brian I

    The commentators on The World series think your dumb. They dont need to explain what a foul ball is.!!

  • brutony

    What are you talking about, Brian 1?


    FOX better hope the world series is over tonight. The ratings are so low how can they sell time? They have to be losing money. also I agree with ih8tofly: “Baseball on FOX isn’t worth watching so long as Buck & McCarver call the games. They are horrible to listen to.”

  • Ultima

    FOX better hope the world series is over tonight.

    You’re not very intelligent, are you?

  • Elvin Vinicio


  • romo

    Baseball is for old people.

  • eridapo

    Who cares about baseball. The headline should be H50beats.

  • eridapo


  • Joseph

    Tonight’s fourth game of the World Series could be buried in the ratings (outside of Detroit and San Francisco) by NBC’s “NFL Sunday Night Football”, although “SNF” will likely have significantly fewer viewers than usual.

  • Edward

    The only way I see baseball getting out of this slump is if the Cubs can make a run at it to the World Series. That’ll get casual and non-casual fans to watch. Cause it is such a great storyline. A lot like the Red Sox you had a lot of non-casual, casual fans getting on board. I don’t like how this downward trend is heading especially in the next few years.

  • Edward

    Tonight’s nfl game should get pretty good ratings. Although, not big markets for tv audience. Both teams attract fans, Brees/Manning. I’ll tune it high-tempo offences. It’ll be a shootout. I’ll say 17-19 mill.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Who cares about baseball.the headline should be H50 beats Revolution.

    You might have a point!

  • Networkman

    @eridapo, I agree with that. H50 finally beats Revolution. I think it goes to show that without The Voice as a lead in for Revolution, Hawaii Five-O would win its timeslot. CBS may have to consider moving the original airings of H5O away from Revolution. I think viewers would return especially if it was after NCIS:LA on Tuesday. Vegas is not going to last and is doing horrible losing to Parenthood.

  • rob60990

    Hawaii 5-0 repeat beating Revolution repeat doesn’t mean anything.

  • chimpo

    Just a OT question: Will Hurricane Sandy affect TV rating for Monday and Tuesday?

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