TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Rerun is Top Program of the Night & '48 Hours' Dips on Slow Saturday

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January 20th, 2013

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.8/2 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.497 5.120 2.989 2.412

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

On FOX, a new Cops earned a 1.0, up two tenths from its last original's 0.8

On CBS, 48 Hours garnered a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 1.0 3 3.03
ABC 20/20 0.9 3 4.24
CBS NCIS -R 0.6 2 5.21
NBC Deception -R 0.4 1 1.60
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 1.2 4 3.43
9:00PM ABC Blades of Glory (9-11PM) 0.7 2 2.36
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.7 2 4.62
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.7 2 1.77
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.4 1 2.41
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.1 3 5.26
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.7 2 3.23

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


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  • Perdix

    I thought they will air the making of The Following .

  • lukas

    go FOX!

  • rob60990

    Wonder how the Casey Anthony movie on Lifetime did.

  • Rebecca

    I saw a bit of Cops (haven’t watched in a long time) before putting on a dvd. It was fun to watch old Cops reruns during lunch breaks at the PD when I worked there as a secretary a long time ago, lol…with other cops on their breaks.

  • tatiG

    Hum… what happened to Hockey? No numbers?

  • Anthony0717

    Hey Fox, next time air 2 hours of Cops.

  • romo

    Whats a dvd ?

  • dan t

    Amanda, correction needed: 20/20 was new not a repeat.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Amanda, correction needed: 20/20 was new not a repeat.”

    Thanks. Fixed.

  • Joseph

    Maybe the NFL should consider moving one of next year’s Conference Championship games from Sunday afternoon at 3:05 P.M. EST to Saturday night at 7:35 P.M. EST.

    Even though it would be played on a Saturday night, I think it would keep people home.

  • Joseph

    Last night (January 19th) was the long-delayed opening of the NHL season, and I suspect that in a number of major markets, local hockey telecasts did well in (or even topped) the local TV ratings in those markets.

  • Nick

    Fox seems to be ignoring its realities this season. While The X Factor was buzzed-about, Kitchen Nightmares & Cops got repeatedly pushed back and not promoted and it shows in the ratings.


    I thought they will air the making of The Following .

    They did, at 11:30 p.m.

  • chris23

    Fox should have never took Americas Most Wanted away at 9.. Cops and AMW were always the winners on Saturday Nights even putting Friday shows to shame most of the time with better demos and decent ratings..

    I’m still surprised Fox axed AMW they got crap for that back in the 90s and it was brought back to broadcast, thank god Lifetime picked it up.

    Maybe Fox should Air Cops and try to get Rescue 911 back on the air that would make a great Saturday Night Combo.

  • Ultima

    Maybe the NFL should consider moving one of next year’s Conference Championship games from Sunday afternoon at 3:05 P.M. EST to Saturday night at 7:35 P.M. EST.

    First, there’s no chance of this happening as the NFL is locked into a long-term contract with FOX and CBS.

    Second, WHY? Is there any evidence that a Saturday night game will necessarily do better than a Sunday afternoon one?

    Sunday afternoon is the best NFL timeslot all year long, I don’t understand your obsession with thinking that there’s any desire by the NFL or the networks to move the game away from there…

  • Tyson

    I am surprised the Miss America pageant aired last week. ABC should have had the pageant delayed a week and broadcast it last night when there was no NFL playoff game opposite it.

    I doubt there is much overlap between the NFL and Miss America audiences. However, I think there is a little overlap. We all see last night’s schedule. Some people who missed the pageant last week would have watched it last night, given the alternatives.

  • William

    First non-sports Saturday night in many months.

  • cris

    Law & Order SVU repeat did great last night

  • toadytoady

    SVU still proving it serves NBC well in its repeat status.

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