TV Ratings Saturday: 'The Mob Doctor' Beats 'Made In Jersey' in Battle of the Burn-Offs; '48 Hours' Up

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December 30th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.690 2.597 3.553 3.265

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

On CBS,it was week 3 of the Made in Jersey burn off.  Both episodes of the show earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 33% from the 0.3 that both the 8 and 9 PM episodes earned last week. 48 Hours garnered a 0.9. up 29% from last week's  0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the first Saturday telecast of The Mob Doctor notched a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating down 38% from a 0.8 for its most recent episode on Monday, December 3. A repeat of Cops was the top program of the night, earning a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Trivia buffs take note: this week there were no new programs on Thursday, but three hours of new scripted programming on Saturday.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 29, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX Cops - R 0.9/3 3.14
ABC Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8-11PM) 0.7/2 2.60
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.5/2 2.56
CBS Made in Jersey 0.4/1 2.94
8:30 FOX Cops - R 1.1/3 3.48
9:00 NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.6/2 3.23
FOX The Mob Doctor 0.5/2 2.07
CBS Made In Jersey 0.4/1 2.81
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.0/3 4.91
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.8/2 4.00

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


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  • Brandon

    I’ve enjoyed The Mob Doctor. Sad to see it go. But not surprised. Wish the ratings were better.

  • Oliver

    A repeat of Chicago Fire beats originals of Mob Doctor and Made in Jersey. Ouch.

    Cops performing solidly as always.

  • toadytoady

    good repeat numbers for SVU.Amongst scripted drama repeats it was only beaten by Cops…and SVU is Sooooooooo old! Its still got teeth left!

  • tv log

    Guys and Gals! Mob Doctor only won 18 49 ratings by Hundred thousand! But it lost overall rating! But! It didn’t win the time slot! Ratings! Burn offs couldn’t beat Chicago Fire

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    If ABC Family had aired Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and had gotten a .7 rating and 2.6 million viewers it would be a big deal. Kinda sad when ABC does it.

  • david

    I enjoyed Made in Jersey last night. and 48 hours Mystery.

  • Tyson

    There will be NFL playoff games each of the next two Saturday nights. The ratings will be large.

    People will say, “See, if only networks tried harder on Saturdays.” No, if only there were NFL playoff games every Saturday.

  • jay


    Totally agree. People are too delusional. Like any show would even get 20% of an NFL game.

  • Joseph

    According to Box office Mojo.com, the total box-office take of the nation’s movie theatres yesterday (December 29th) was $57 million, almost 54% above the previous Saturday.

    This might in part explain the very low TV viewing levels last night.

    Also, ESPN’s college bowl games likely did very well; in fact, I would think ESPN probably drew more prime-time viewers than any broadcast network last night. Chances are that on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday, January 7th, ESPN will draw more viewers than any broadcast network in prime-time on those nights as well.

  • David Howell

    Networks have tried on Saturdays before. It doesn’t work.

    There are big Saturday hits in the UK (and other parts of Europe, I think), but many of those (including Take Me Out, which you may remember as a Fox summer semi-flop this year) air earlier in the evening.

  • Hessian

    A 4 network cume of an 8 SHARE.


    COPS used to do that by itself.

    92% of TVs in use were watching something else.

  • Oliver

    Saturday is traditionally the most-watched night of the week in the UK, when the channels typically air family shows.

    X Factor, which replaced Idol in the UK, and Strictly Come Dancing, the original British version of Dancing With The Stars, both air at around 6 or 7pm on Saturday and were the most-watched shows on UK television for many years.

    Saturday being a TV wasteland is very much a US cultural quirk.

  • RJ


    Or it’s the lack of programming.

  • Must See TV

    I’m affiliated with NBC and we are in preparations of next seasons schedule.
    8pm-10pm- The Voice
    8-9 The Voice
    9- Michael J.Fox show
    9:30- Guys with Kids(will be renewed)
    8- CEE Lo GREEN Show
    8:30- Go On
    9- Keenan thompson show
    9:30- New Normal
    8- SNL 30 min special
    8:30- Parks & Rec
    9- 1600 Penn
    9:30- ? Possible Blake Shelton show- pilot underway soon!!
    On the weekends we hope to buy the rights of movies for Saturdays, and Sundays will be an hour of Howie Mandel’s show and the reboot of Mariage Ref-Seinfeld’s. On Fridays we will probably feature repeats of CEE Lo, Michael j Fox, and an hour of GO On.

  • chezmoi

    So is the Mob Doctor like Killer Instinct in terms of a good programme but not enough viewers ie last in the genre just before it goes out of fashion

  • Must See TV

    WE are really desperate!
    Honestly, The Big Bang Theory is the best show on TV- definately the new “Friends” of our generation. At times I think it might be even better than Friends!!!!! It would be an honor to work with Chuck Lorre and his talented team one day here on NBC!

  • chezmoi

    @Oliver, when the UK has some good sport on Saturday evening on ITV or BBC eg England soccer games or some FA cup ties and even International Rugby Union games involving England then these ratings can be high. If ITV are given the rights to show some BT owned football games in the future on Saturday night then those ratings will change.
    Finally, 18-49 ratings levels are not necessarily that good on Saturdays for Strictly but are for X Factor.
    PS American Idol is to be braodcast on 5* next month

  • Must See TV

    @ Oliver
    What do you think of our new schedule for next fall? Do you think 1600 Penn will be the next big thing? We hope it gains 10 million viwers- a lot of people here at NBC have high hopes for it to be the next 30 Rock but with triple the viewers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m affiliated with NBC”

    You wash their windows?

  • Must See TV

    @ Bill Gorman
    LOL- I’m an underpaid intern at the programming department for NBC! I made this account to ask TV enthusiasts on how to better our programming for next season.

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