TV Ratings Saturday: NASCAR Wins Night, '48 Hours' Slips

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February 17th, 2013

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.157 4.785 2.193 1.967

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

FOX was the number one network last night with adults 18-49 and total viewers

On FOX,  NASCAR scored a 1.3  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, an American Ninja Warrior clip show earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 0.7 rating

On CBS,  48 Hours earned a 1.0, down two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX NASCAR (8-10PM 1.3 4 5.16
ABC Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (8-11PM) 0.7 2 2.19
CBS Person of Interest -R 0.6 2 4.20
NBC American Ninja Warrior 0.6 2 1.94
9:00PM CBS Criminal Minds -R 0.7 2 4.41
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.4 1 1.75
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 5.75
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.7 2 2.20

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


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.

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  • Oliver

    Didn’t NBC air an SNL repeat at 10, not SVU?

  • SJ

    ABC would be better off burning off 666 Park Avenue and Apartment 23 on Saturdays instead of airing random-ass movies…

  • rob60990

    ABC, enough with the Harry Potter movies. They do horrible.

  • Hessian

    The Big 4 cumed a 10 SHARE?

  • The Steve Sanders

    Nascar…zzzzzzzzzzzzz Wuh huh Oh I’m sorry,I fell asleep just thinking about it,3 hours of left turns,I’d rather watch a crappy Guys with kids marathon.

  • Theoacme

    Is there such a thing as a good Guys with Kids marathon? I would rather watch Deal or No Deal…in Latvian…with Kim Kardashian as the best looking model…and with Steve Urkel as host…

    …or, I believe there was a show called Just Shoot Me – how about Just Stab, Defenestrate, Napalm, and Wood-Chipper Me instead – with Tom Bergeron as the host?

  • Theoacme

    …because, even David Spade has some standards…

  • JoeHamm

    Just crunched the numbers for scheduled movies. So far 26 movies have aired over the five major networks (one more than this point last year). Year-to-year, the average from this point in the season hasn’t changed (0.9/3, 3.2 mil). It’s rather obvious all five (especially ABC) by this point are airing these films not for the ratings, but due to some serious contractual stipulations, at least that’s my take. Just how much longer in your opinion, until the idea to air a theatrical film is no more than a distant memory? I’d say 3-4 years max.

  • Joseph


    I suspect that in major markets, local pro hockey games topped the ratings.

  • Joseph

    Does anyone have the number of people who were watching TV last night (February 16th)??

    I ask this because the persons using TV (PUT) levels for Thursday (the 14th) and Friday (15th) were about 7% below what they were for the previous week, mainly due to Valentine’s Day (Thursday) and the fact that many who couldn’t go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day Thursday did so Friday.

    Many other people may have waited last night to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  • beached

    There is absolutely nothing to watch on Saturday. What garbage.

  • beached

    NBC…just turn out the lights on Saturday.

  • Mike J

    I rather watch Nascar than Baseball any day. I love the sport.

  • DenverDean

    I’m sure numbers dropped this week because of: 1) Valentine’s Saturday night and 2) people were indoors last Saturday because of big storm.

  • 728huey

    Remember that TNT was airing NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities which included the 3 point shootout and slam dunk contests, so I’m sure TNT took a huge chunk of last night’s ratings from the broadcast networks.

  • sharinlite

    SNL still on? But, note the numbers…who watches this trash? Is it worth the money this joke of entertainments costs for only 2 million viewers? A rerun, rerun of Harry Potter got more…geez,some execs girlfriend must be employed at SNL….

  • Ultima

    SNL still on? But, note the numbers…who watches this trash? Is it worth the money this joke of entertainments costs for only 2 million viewers? A rerun, rerun of Harry Potter got more…geez,some execs girlfriend must be employed at SNL….

    You do realize that was a REPEAT of SNL, right? :roll:

  • Oliver

    SNL originals regularly beat all of NBC’s primetime lineup when The Voice isn’t airing. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

  • RPD

    NASCAR wins. :)

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