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.

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.

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  • Ultima

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

    Sandy will likely affect TV ratings all week – either due to inflated ratings because of local news preemptions or lowered ratings due to power outages or people being preoccupied.

  • 728huey

    Notre Dame has a huge following in college football circles, but they haven’t been seriously competitive since the mid-1990’s. They haven’t contended for a national football title since 1993, and they’ve had only one BCS berth since then, which was back in 2003 (where they got spanked by Oregon State).

    Having said that, this year’s World Series has been a snoozefest for just about everyone outside of the SF Bay area, and combining the fact that you have two teams which don’t have any huge stars that casual fans can recognize (no offense to Buster Posey, Melky Cabrera, Tim Lincecum, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera, who only happened to win the Triple Crown in the AL this season – but only diehard baseball fans would recognize these players and their significant contributions), and the fact that the Giants are on the verge of sweeping the series, and whatever tepid interest in this WS is going quickly by the wayside. Throw in the possible devastation by the combination of Sandy and the massive Arctic cold front hitting the East Coast, and few people are interested in baseball right now.

  • Nick


    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

    No, it’s because Hawaii 5-0 is a procedural, and thus would repeat higher than any serial, Revolution included.

  • Martyman

    Criminal Minds repeats better than everything. World Series is putting me to sleep. Really enjoyed 48 hours.

  • Jiji Moran

    Heck, even a “Chicago Fire” repeat beats the “Revolution” repeat… Sorry, JJ… I love you, but your new project intends well but it’s just too much of nothing (so far.) Good luck in your next one, I’ll be here to watch it and see how it goes.

    When is “Star Trek” coming out next? Anyone?

  • matthew

    I would agree it would defiantly be a defensive game and as much as Organ’s offense is fun to watch it can be annoying sometimes (IMHO) and Its always a big plus to have a good defense (I’m an Alabama fan so there is a wee bit of a bias here just so ya know).

  • eridapo


    Giants win WS. Swept the Tigers..

    Question: What will Fox do Now? Move up XFactor and its entire lineup?

    As to H50 versus Revolution…. I know it is a repeat, but it is the first skirmish we have between Revolution and H50 without the assistance of The Voice.

    I have always said that without The Voice, Revolution would have the same Ratings as H50 and Castle. I could well see a scenario where those three shows are only separated by a couple of tenths. As to which show would win, I say H50. Revolution might take a couple of wins, but H50 would resume its Monday dominance.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Question: What will Fox do Now? Move up XFactor”


  • NDfan

    Do some research. Notre Dame is doing great this season. 8-0 with one of the hardest schedules in college football. They aren’t ranked #4 for anything. WE ARE ND!

  • Ultima

    they’ve had only one BCS berth since then

    While Notre Dame certainly hadn’t been on the national title scene in a couple decades, they have had five major bowls since the 1993 season (3 Fiesta, 1 Orange and 1 Sugar). Of course, they lost all of them…

    Also, they’re obviously in the running for the national championship this season.

  • Ultima

    Question: What will Fox do Now? Move up XFactor and its entire lineup?

    They’re sticking with the Thursday/Sunday schedule for The X Factor and running repeats on Monday/Wednesday.

    I can understand them not wanting to move The X Factor back to its normal timeslot, given that it’s Halloween. Maybe they’ll reair the episode that was screwed up by the NLCS a couple weeks ago.

  • erwanfromfrance

    Chicago Fire does better than Revolution ?!

  • Juan

    It’s not a forgone conclusion that FOX will pull ahead of ABC in 18-49 L+SD. These are two storied programs for any one over 34 & that’s the main demog for MLB right now. I think you are underestimating the # of HH’s that recorded ABC & watched the WS. Both were hard fought contests.

    Those ABC #’s are pretty good considering what ESPN did on the night. I don’t know if ALA vs LSU will beat that.

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