TV Ratings Saturday: NFL Wild Card Game Dominates Night + 'The Mob Doctor' Ticks Up

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January 6th, 2013

Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.2/26 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 26.047 4.764 2.479 1.932

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

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

On NBC, The Vikings-Packers game earned a monster 9.2 from 8-11PM

On CBS,48 Hours garnered a 0.7 at 9PM and a 1.1 at 10PM, with the up later from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX The Mob Doctor notched a 0.6  adults 18-49 rating up a tick  from last week's 0.5 rating. Cops earned a 0.8 at 9PM, down from the 1.1 last week's repeat telecast earned.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, January 5, 2013


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC NFL Football (8-11PM) 9.2 26 26.047
FOX Cops 0.8 2 2.635
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.4 1 1.989
CBS The Mentalist -R 0.4 1 3.811
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.9 3 2.866
9:00PM CBS 48 Hours 0.7 2 4.594
FOX The Mob Doctor 0.6 2 2.107
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.4 1 1.890
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.1 3 5.888
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.4 1 1.918

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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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.

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  • CenterGravity

    NBC just barely squeaked out a ratings victory for the night!

  • Joseph

    I can see the NFL change the playoff and conference championship schedule starting next year to place seven of it’s eleven postseason games in “prime time” (read: starting after 6 P.M. EST).

    Here’s how it can be done:

    * First Saturday: Wild-card games at 4:35 and 8:05 P.M. EST.

    * First Sunday: Wild-card games at 3:05 and 6:35 P.M. EST.

    * Second Saturday: Divisional Playoff games at 4:35 and 8:05 P.M. EST.

    * Second Sunday: Divisional Playoff games at 3:05 and 6:35 P.M. EST.

    * Third Saturday: One Conference Championship (rotating each year between the AFC and NFC) at 7:35 P.M. EST.

    * Thurs Sunday: The other Conference Championship (rotating each year between the NFC and AFC) at 6:35 P.M. EST.

    * Super Sunday: The Super Bowl will continue to kick-off around 6:15 P.M. EST.

    With NBC to lose one wild-card game but gaining one divisional playoff game starting next year, this schedule would allow NBC to get the 6:35 P.M. EST games on Sundays the first two weeks of the playoffs, allowing the Peacock Network to have continuity with Sunday night games.

  • Al Patrickson

    Were the ratings for the 100th episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” above 2 million viewers when it aired on Saturday?

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