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

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December 2nd, 2012

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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  • Tyson

    The defending national champion (and a powerhouse for much of two generations) against the blue blood of collegiate blue bloods. ESPN is thrilled.

  • William Haney

    Big Ten won the night. People must like watching a trainwreck… This is coming from a B1G fan.

  • 728huey

    College football fans love the Big Ten as much as the SEC, though this season I’m not sure why. (BTW, I’m an alum of the B1G.) I wonder how far the hourly ratings fell for that game once it became obvious it was going to be a massive blowout.

    As for It’s A Wonderful Life, there was absolutely no promotion of it I saw whatsoever on NBC, and this was after I watched 30 Rock on Thursday. The only reason I found out it was on last night was because I was checking up on this website and it was featured in the TV listings for Saturday night. I think NBC should have waited another week to schedule IAWL so it wouldn’t go up against college football, but then again they always rebroadcast it on Christmas Eve.

  • JoeHamm

    Wonderful Life always does better on Christmas Eve, no doubt. And in case you don’t already know, Spotted Ratings always has the saturday finals.

  • KevinY

    Made in Jersey was pretty good last night. Total coincidence it was a football themed episode. On it’s own I bet it was a lot closer to the (0.8) it got in it’s final Friday airing than the (0.3) it got last Saturday.

  • Dan

    Made in Jersey will be adjusted down if possible. It’s funny that the shows best performance was on a Saturday. It has one more episode scheduled for December 22 and than I think its done. A total of 5 eps were produced I believe.

  • Ruan

    It’s funny how Americans call that football and other English-speaking countries use football to refer to what in the US is called soccer. It makes sense, since in soccer they kick the ball all the time, but, in American football, do the players even use their feet? If not, why is it called FOOT-ball? Just a language curiosity, hehe…

  • Ben

    It’s A Wonderful Life is 130 minutes long, or 2 hours, 10 minutes. The fact that NBC took 3 hours, or 180 minutes, means that much of the time was spent with commericals. It’s like watching the opening and closing cermonies of the Summer Olympics on NBC; every few minutes another block of commericals.
    Only a few people are going to watch any cinema-release movie on TV (vs. a made for tv movie), that has commericals every few minutes.

  • Mike J


  • Baaa!

    I am so glad that Penn State and Ohio State did as well as they did and were unable to go on as that should make the punishment even more painful.

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