TV Ratings Saturday: Alabama Versus LSU Wins Big, 'Breeder's Cup' Races to Last Place

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November 4th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS FOX ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/11 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.415 2.971 2.928 2.614

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Breeder's Cup) and ABC, CBS and Fox ( College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

CBS was number one last night with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, College Football (Alabama at LSU) earned a preliminary 3.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, College Football (Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State ) scored a preliminary 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football (Oregon at USC) notched a preliminary1.0 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10pm.

On NBC, the Breeder's Cup scored a preliminary 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS College Football: Alabama at LSU (8-11PM) - Live 3.7/11 10.42
FOX College Football: Oregon at USC (8-10PMPM) - Live 1.0/3 2.97
ABC College Football: Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State (8-11 PM) Live 0.7/2 2.93
NBC Breeder's Cup 0.7/2 2.79
9:00 NBC Rudy (9-11PM) 0.6/3 2.5/2

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


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  • Mike3

    Damn! Bama vs LSU was great. Will adjust up to 12+ million and 4.2-4.5 more than likely.

  • matthew

    What a game that was last night! Roll Tide!

  • Lane

    @Mike3 We won’t know TVBTN doesn’t post Saturday adjustments

  • Derrick

    ROLL TIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Mike3, Lane, since that game will likely make the top 25 for the week the final numbers will be in that post on Tuesday.

  • Carmen

    I’m actually surprised the Breeders Cup Classic got as big a rating as it did.

    Horse racing has limited appeal and works better in the afternoon (where NBC showed most of the other 7 Breeders Cup races on their (NBC) Sports network)


    Go CBS!

  • Lisa

    Disappointing for the Breeders’ Cup. The Classic was a great race. Unfortunately, NBC chose to air all the other races on cable (NBC Sports Network) and even neglected to air one race due to starting its coverage after that event had already been run. Then a football game ran over and bumped another race. Neither one was aired in its entirely even in a replay, which really sucked. It would have taken less than four minutes to show all of both races.

    Anyway, the public in general knows little about horse racing and assumes that anything not called the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, or Belmont Stakes is meaningless. Their loss.

  • kbmv


    How cute. I bet you think Horse racing is a sport as well. Haha too cute.

  • Anthony

    Why did nbc air Rudy??? They should’ve aired the normal saturday lineup of revolution and chicago fire, both pre-empted in whole or part in sandy affected areas. Still haven’t watched revolution, just not good enough a show for me to bother with watching online.

  • JoeHamm

    Given how low the ratings were for Rudy against actual live football (I felt it’d be on the low end to begin with), I can’t help but wonder if the networks will not no longer bother with airing movies of any kind after this season? I bet it really is cheaper to air drama reruns, right?

  • JoeHamm

    Apologies for grammatical error. Forgot to double check.

  • Jashack

    Although the game had great ratings, it was down significantly from last years 11.9/21 rating. It was a #1 vs #2 game last year though. So either viewers really care about 3 poll positions or they’re tired of BamavsLsu. Nonetheless, Roll Tide!

  • totally clueless


    Last year it was built up as the “game of the century” as the #1 faced #2. Also both teams were undefeated. The fact that LSU already had a loss made it seem less important. This games ratings are more like 2 years ago for CBS’ primetime game when Undefeated Auburn faced 1 loss Bama which had a household rating in the 7 range. This game is probably in the 7 range as well. Last year’s ratings were a little inflated with overhype.

  • Frost

    Ruuuuudy! Ruuuuuuudy!

    Me and brother watched “Rudy”.

    I instantly had an urge to watch “Scent of a Woman” after. I guess both films remind me of this time of year.

  • William Haney

    I swear, I did not see one NBC promo on the Breeder’s Cup.

  • Ultima

    Final numbers for Alabama-LSU – 4.0 rating, 11.35 million viewers

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