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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

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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.

 
  • Jared

    I’m probably the only person who still watches The Mob Doctor but I really liked this show especially with a Fall season with a lot of misses. Sure the ratings are horrible but still sad to see it go. This could have been a great show for FOX..if people actually watched.

  • Dan

    @Jessica – If They burned the 666 eps off on Saturday nights and doubled them, theyd be done in two weeks. It worked for The Mob Doctor and Made in Jersey so by May both FOX and CBS wont worry about unaired eps. Since 666 is a serialized show, it would make sense for the eps to be burned through sooner rather than later. At least Last Resort will finish up its last 3 eps.

  • Alan 59

    Dear Must See TV,

    My first thought is that telling NBC how to better program their network is much like telling Mitt Romney how to run a more heartfelt campaign. I probably can’t explain it, and you sort of have to feel it, you can’t just learn it from someone else. Plus, I’m not sure that NBC really, truly wants better programming, as opposed to just wanting more and younger viewers.

    Still, assuming that you are as you claim to be, and because there isn’t much to talk about during the Christmas doldrums, I’m going to take your request seriously and suggest how to make better television.

    If you are going to commission mass-market, commercial storytelling – and it doesn’t matter whether the medium is television, movies, comic books, or something else – the primary thing you need is a CREATOR WITH A VISION. The creator could be a veteran or a neophyte, an individual or a duo, have sharp business sense or be largely divorced from reality. Likewise, the vision doesn’t have to be high art, just something the creator is passionate about. It doesn’t even have to be new or original; you could do very well at TVLand pitching your amalgam of two or three hoary old properties (excuse me, classic television series).

    The second thing to do is to largely GET OUT OF THE CREATOR’S WAY. Can a network note be helpful to the creation and execution of a TV series? Sure – maybe 5% of the time, and only from the brightest suits at that.

    What these two rules have in common is a faith in creativity, the notion that a good idea, properly executed, is likely to succeed in the marketplace. It doesn’t always happen, but it yields better results than copying the current hot thing and hoping that the audience is too dumb to separate the original from the rip-off.

    Glancing at your proposed schedule, I see precisely the opposite. I see NBC cementing their relationships with judges from THE VOICE, which is “smart business,” but probably bad art. I see a slot devoted to “hey, we resurrected Matthew Perry, why not Michael J. Fox?,” which is classic suit-thinking. If a goose is good, then a duck should work too.

    I can appreciate your respect for the fine work that Chuck Lorre and his staff have done on their three CBS series, but that means that you need to find your own Lorre, not hope that the current king decides to chuck (sorry) what he’s built in order to rebuild a failed network.

    Good luck with your career. Who the hell knows, I could be scoffing at the next Brandon Tartikoff.

  • Maggie

    i LOVE THIS SHOW KEEP IT ON SATUREDAY NIGHTS THEN IT IS A WELCOME CHANGE FROM RERUNS OF OTHER SHOW. I AM SO HOPING THEY DO NOT CANCEL THIS SHOW THE HOUR FLYS BY THE CAST IS GREAT. TO ME IT WOULD BE FOOLISH. THERE ARE TO MANY REALITY SHOWS AND NOT SO FUNNY SHOWS LIKE I SAID I LOVE THIS SHOW AND LOOK FORWARD TO IT.
    THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IT ON.

  • Theoacme

    @Alan59 – Chuck Lorre works for Warner Bros – so NBC could ask WB to have Lorre do a show for them – it’s not unheard of for an executive producer to do shows for more than one network at once (see Burnett, Mark).

    Having said that, I’ll also remind you that the Voice judges work for Universal Music Group, which is owned by the same people that own NBC – Comcast.

    And art bows down to money, as proxied by ratings (if it did not, Bill and Robert’s model would fail miserably and epically), so that, as Walter Cronkite would say, is the way it is :(

  • Fakeem

    “Having said that, I’ll also remind you that the Voice judges work for Universal Music Group, which is owned by the same people that own NBC – Comcast.”

    I can’t believe I didn’t notice that. Consolidation kills, and even though this helps NBC in the short turn, it’s gonna cost them in the long.

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