TV Ratings Saturday: Notre Dame Football Dominates Night + 'Made in Jersey' Burnoff Begins

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November 25th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/13 0.9/3 0.5/1 0.5/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.926 3.516 3.577 1.471

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 (Notre Dame/USC) scored a preliminary 4.4 adults 18-49 rating, way  up from last week's 2.2.

On FOX, College Football (Stanford/UCLA) notched a preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 0.8

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 0.7, down four tenths from last week's 1.1. Made in Jersey earned a 0.3, a far cry from its last original's 0.8 rating (which aired back in October, before the series was canceled).


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC College Football 4.4 13 13.93
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -R 0.9 3 3.52
FOX College Football 0.5 1 3.58
CBS Made in Jersey 0.3 1 2.52
9:00PM CBS NCIS -R 0.4 1 3.89
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 0.7 2 4.32

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


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  • JP

    great game and great for college football. Bama vs ND will get a 30 ratiing which would be huge for cable. a game like that should be on ABC not ESPN.

  • 728huey


    You’re probably right about the BCS Championship belonging on ABC, and I suppose if the higher-ups at Disney wanted to do so, they could move it to a network broadcast, but I doubt that will happen.

    As for the SEC title game, CBS could move it to prime time, but then it would be up against the Big Ten Championship game on FOX (which frankly is a joke this year, and I’m a Big Ten alum) and the ACC Championship on ESPN, which looks incredibly lopsided as Florida State is playing a 6-6 Georgia Tech team, and both teams lost to their SEC in-state rivals last week. I think CBS should move it to 6:00 pm EST, which would put the bulk of the game well into prime time and still allow them to show 48 Hours afterward.

  • HalCapone

    It is just a matter of time when all NFL and college football is only broadcast on cable (with the occasional game bone thrown to network television auds). ABC-Disney/ESPN were light years ahead of the competition when they migrated ABC MNF to ESPN. It’s just a matter of when, not if, NBC moves SNF to their sports cable channel. It’s all about the moola, baby.

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