TV Ratings Saturday: Stanford Versus Oregon Wins Night, '48 Hours' Down

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November 18th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 0.8/2 0.8/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.452 4.197 2.874 2.553

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for  ABC and FOX ( 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 (Stanford at Oregon) scored a preliminary 2.2 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 1.7.

On FOX, College Football (Oklahoma at West Virginia) notched a preliminary 0.8 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10pm, even with last week.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10PM down from last week's 1.2.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC College Football: Stanford at Oregon(8-11PM) - Live 2.2/7 6.45
FOX College Football: Oklahoma at West  Virginia (8-10PMPM) - Live 0.8/2 2.87
CBS Elementary - R 0.6/2 3.38
NBC Revolution - R 0.5/2 2.00
9:00 CBS 48 Hours - R 0.8/2 3.80
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.5/2 2.35
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.1/3 5.41
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.7/2 3.31


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


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  • John A

    You sure 48 Hours was new at 9pm?

  • david

    I am pretty sure it was two new episodes of 48 hours last night. They were both listed as being new.

  • CBSViewer

    48 Hours should move to Tuesday at 10/9c. If it got a 1.1 on Saturday at 10/9c with no lead-in, it could got at least a 2.2-2.5 which is better than Vegas.

  • CBSViewer

    *could get, sorry

  • John A

    Be interesting to see how 48 Hours would do on another night.

  • Cbs

    why fix something that isnt broken (48 hours)

  • madbengalsfan85

    Love those Saturdays when the BCS standings get blown to bits

  • Ultima

    @John A
    Be interesting to see how 48 Hours would do on another night.

    Back in the day, 48 Hours would pull around half of 60 Minutes viewership during the week and would typically do worse than each of the multiple editions of Dateline and 20/20 (and even 60 Minutes II).

    I think it’s very unlikely to see much of a bump by changing timeslots.

  • Owen

    First 48 hours was a repeat

  • DryedMangoez

    Finally a Pac-12 game wins the night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    We got multiple sources for the data last night and the first one we saw didn’t have 48 Hours at 9pm as a repeat. The second one & my program guide did have the 9pm telecast as a repeat, so I’ve changed it.

  • Lucas

    Law & Order was a original?

  • Nick

    48 Hours is a beast. It’s one of the only shows on broadcast doing better than they were last fall. (The only others are Supernatural and Person of Interest.

  • DW

    if you didnt see it the first time it’s new right?. :)

  • Jiji Moran

    SVU was a repeat of the week’s normal episode.

    Looking at the list, “Elementary” repeat did better than “Revolution” repeat… .7 to .6, which I find interesting.

    “Revolution” was quoting lines from “Lord of the Rings” last night. “Such a fuzz over such little thing”, just like Boromir said when he got hold of the ring when Frodo slipped on the mountain path… with a more elaborate language, but the same.

  • Ultima

    It’s one of the only shows on broadcast doing better than they were last fall. (The only others are Supernatural and Person of Interest.

    The Big Bang Theory and The Vampire Diaries are up year-to-year as well.

  • Nick

    @Jiji Moran

    Looking at the list, “Elementary” repeat did better than “Revolution” repeat… .7 to .6, which I find interesting.

    The reason is simple: Elementary is a procedural, and thus, viewers can watch without having seen previous episodes and they can still follow the story line fairly well. Revolution, on the other hand, is heavily serialized. Viewers who have not seen the previous episode will not be able to follow the storyline if they stumble upon it.

    This could be someone’s train of thought:
    -What’s on TV tonight?
    -Hmm. Let’s see… Football, Revolution and Elementary.
    -I don’t like football. I’ve never seen the other two. This one looks interesting, though. [turns on Revolution].
    -What’s that supposed to mean?
    -Am I supposed to know what that is?
    -Ugh, I don’t get this. I give up. [switches to Elementary]
    -Ooh. This is better.
    -I can actually follow this. [watches the rest of the episode]

    Do you get it now?

  • Nick

    Oops. I forgot about those.
    But my point is still clear. There are only four or so other shows on TV that also made that accomplishment. That’s good.

  • Joseph A

    It would be silly to move Vegas , the show has a season order and is profitable , the network gets to see how things play out between now and next summer so they can decide if it makes sense to order a 2nd season ,

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