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TV Ratings Saturday: 'Elf' Bigger Than 'Transformers', 'Cops' Returns Down, '48 Hours' Up

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December 16th, 2012

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.558 2.957 2.184 2.673

CBS was number one last night with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, the trend of strong performances for holiday programming continued with  Elf  earning a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. 48 Hours scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 25%  from last week's 1.2.

On FOX, the return of COPS earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from a 1.0 for its last new episode on April 7, 2012.

On ABC, Transformers garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating

 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Elf (8-10PM) 1.5/5 5.14
ABC Transformers (8-11PM) 1.0/3 2.96
FOX COPS 0.8/2 2.61
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.4/1 2.27
8:30 FOX COPS - R 0.8/3 2.81
9:00 FOX Kitchen Nightmares - R 0.6/2 1.65
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.5/2 2.79
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.5/5 6.40
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.7/2 2.97

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

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • Austin Lauran

    If Saturday Night Live does well late on Saturday Night & outrates all of NBC’s Thursday Night show, could it be moved to primetime?

  • Honey Badger

    Austin Lauran
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM
    If Saturday Night Live does well late on Saturday Night & outrates all of NBC’s Thursday Night show, could it be moved to primetime?

    @ Austin Lauran I like your thinking

  • Ethan

    Any way we can get the numbers for the boxing ev ent on CBS from like 430 to 6pm eastern time?

  • Melissa

    Yeah, Elf! One of my favorite Christmas movies!

  • Max Vrany

    @Ethan, only if CBS puts them in a press release.

  • I LOVE TV!

    @Austin Lauran
    Of course not, otherwise it couldn’t be SATURDAY night live

  • Austin Lauran

    @I LOVE TV!

    The show could start early (Saturday at 8/7 PM is nighttime)

  • Austin Lauran

    I meant to say shows, not show for my 1st comment

  • ToXiX

    My dick stinks

  • Oliver

    @Austin Lauran

    SNL being repeated in primetime has been suggested for years but has, as far as I know, never happened. I wouldn’t be surprised if it does eventually happen.

    NBC will never move SNL to primetime, for plenty of reasons. Its current timeslot is well-known, its beneficiary of little competition, and Weekend Update Thursday flopped. It doesn’t make much sense for them to rock the boat and risk it because nothing else will ever perform as well in its current timeslot.

    Well, I say “never”. They could have another attack of the Jay Lenos and start making crazy decisions again.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Oliver There have been many Saturday Night Live specials on NBC during prime time that had had good ratings

    Oliver
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM
    @Austin Lauran

    SNL being repeated in primetime has been suggested for years but has, as far as I know, never happened. I wouldn’t be surprised if it does eventually happen.

    NBC will never move SNL to primetime, for plenty of reasons. Its current timeslot is well-known, its beneficiary of little competition, and Weekend Update Thursday flopped. It doesn’t make much sense for them to rock the boat and risk it because nothing else will ever perform as well in its current timeslot.

    Well, I say “never”. They could have another attack of the Jay Lenos and start making crazy decisions again.

  • Honey Badger

    @ does anybody remember Jay Leno’s in primetime ratings. Where they better than some nights in its time slot now?
    I think Leno did had better ratings for NBC then some of the shows they have now.

  • psychic

    “Elf” is a much more badass Christmas movie than “Transformers”. Hate to say it, but.

  • NJ Viewer

    Transformers had to be one of the stupidest movies ever.

  • lakergirl

    Maybe Cops was down because there was no advertisement! Glad it’s back on. Feels like Saturday again.. Just need AMW back on afterward.

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