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

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

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