TV Ratings Saturday: College Football More Wonderful Than 'It's A Wonderful Life'

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 5.527 4.813 5.297 4.149

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for  ABC and FOX  and part of CBS’s line-up (College Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

FOX was number one last night with adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, College Football (Texas/Kansas State) scored a preliminary 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, way down from last week’s 4.4.

On FOX, College Football (Nebraska/Wisconsin) notched a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating ,up  from last week’s 0.5.

On CBS,the end of the Alabama/Georgia game scrambled the ratings for Made In Jersey48 Hours earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating,  up from last week’s 0.7.

On NBC, the annual telecast of It’s a Wonderful Life earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX College Football: Nebraska versus Wisconsin (8-10PMPM) – Live 1.7/5 5.53
CBS Football (Alabama versus Georgia) (Live)/Made In Jersey 1.5/5 5.13
ABC College Football: Texas at Kansas State (8-11PM) – Live 1.3/4 4.81
NBC It’s a Wonderful Life – R (8-11PM) 0.8/3 4.15
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds – R 1.1/3 4.78
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.2/3 5.98

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


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