TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Beats '48 Hours' & 'NFL Honors' for #1 Spot on Slow Pre-Superbowl Saturday

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February 3rd, 2013

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.971 4.302 2.773 2.659


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

On FOX, Cops scored a x at 8PM and a x 8:30. Its last original earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating

On NBC, an American Ninja Warrior season 4 clip show earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating

On CBS, 48 Hours garnered a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's 0.7. The NFL Honors earned a 0.9.

Note: We only have half hour listings below for ABC's War of the Worlds movie showing

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, February 2 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 1.1 4 3.58
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.6 2 2.70
CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 4.95
NBC American Ninja Warrior 0.7 2 2.27
8:30PM FOX Cops 1.2 4 3.89
ABC War of the Worlds (8:30-11PM) -R 0.4 1 2.05
9:00PM CBS NFL Honors (9-11PM) 0.9 2 3.80
FOX Kitchen Nightmares -R 0.8 2 2.21
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.5 2 2.52
ABC War of the Worlds-R 0.6 2 2.66
9:30PM ABC War of the Worlds-R 0.6 2 2.70
10:00 PM ABC War of the Worlds-R 0.7 2 2.87
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.6 2 3.52
10:30PM ABC War of the Worlds-R 0.8 2 2.99

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


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  • Jordan

    Predicted NFL Honors to be a bit higher

  • Mark


  • Olka

    Chicago Fire 0.5
    What the hell?!

  • John A

    Cops not doing to bad.

  • Chris

    Not much interest in the NFL Honors, eh? Well, it IS Saturday…


    Who wooda watched “War of the Worlds” with all those commercials?

    GO CBS!!

    @ Bill

    Go ‘Niners!

  • a p garcia

    I was one of the few that saw Tom Cruise’s movie and now I felt my time could have been spent better. I wish I had the 1953 movie “War of the Worlds” in DVD which is far better than Tom Cruise’s version.

  • Honey Badger

    Just was I was right in predicting the San Francisco Giants would win the world Series in Major League baseball
    I am now predicting San Francisco 49ers will win the NFL Superbowl.
    Why: because they are cute; take a look at these good looking guys
    The San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith, Randy Moss , Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree

    San Francisco USA the championship city

  • Mr Mikey

    No reason to watch NFL honors when you are told the results 3 hours prior to the show

  • BigFlop

    horrible ratings for ABC, as always.

  • JoeHamm

    With the numbers this bad for ABC, I fear this could be it for the Movie of the Week. It could all be over this year, unless next week’s premiere airing of Despicable Me can pull in the family audiences. More recent films would do it, and then some.

  • Joseph

    Mr. Mikey:

    Could the NFL awards show have been taped late Saturday afternoon (February 2nd) and shown on a tape-delay of several hours??

  • Joseph

    Looks like in some, perhaps many, major markets, the top-rated show last night (February 2nd) was probably a local NHL or NBA game.

    I have heard that in Boston, an NHL game between the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs on a local cable sports network dominated prime-time viewing in the market.

    Let’s face it. In major markets, Saturday night TV viewing means bypassing national broadcast and cable networks for a sports event featuring a hometown team.

    In fact, I suspect that for most NHL and NBA teams, their highest-rated local telecasts (whether on broadcast stations or regional cable sports networks) are on Saturday nights.

  • PixieLavender

    I’m from the UK and I wanted to know why these ratings are low? I mean here in the UK on Saturday, the 5 main channels combined would get an audience of 12 million and that’s excluding sky (equivalent to cable in america).

    Also programmes that are broadcasted on the east coast do they get re-broadcasted on the west coast? How comes on this website there aren’t any ratings for the westcoast?

  • Ant

    ^^ To Pixie…
    on saturday in the UK you guys have new episodes of shows, and premiere new ones. It prime time in television, in US its more of a waste night, knowing there wont be many views.

    And as for the second part of your question, i am not 100% sure, but i believe ratings from east and west are factored in when they are released the next day.

  • Dogg

    Say what you want, despite the bad ratings, ‘War’ slowly grew it’s audience throughout the evening.

  • Truth

    Is there anyone in the world who is not COMPLETELY sick and tired of that alec baldwin thingy yet?

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