TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Dips & '48 Hours' Flat

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March 3rd, 2013


Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.62
Total Viewers (million) 2.777 4.499 2.664 1.952


FOX was number one with adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On FOX,  Cops scored a 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, an American Ninja Warrior clip show earned a 0.5, down a tenth from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours was even with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, March 2, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 1.0 4 3.47
ABC Once Upon a Time -R 0.4 1 1.82
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.4 2 3.60
NBC American Ninja Warrior 0.5 2 1.19
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 1.1 4 3.67
9:00PM ABC 20/20 -R (9-11PM) 0.7 2 3.09
CBS Golden Boy -R 0.5 2 4.09
FOX The Following -R 0.5 2 1.99
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.5 2 1.90
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 5.81
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.6 2 2.050

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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  • JSunkist

    I thinking FOX should just play new Cops at 8:30 if they only plan to play 1 new episode, cause every time I see it’s #s, 8:30 is always up. Maybe it’s a bad idea, I don’t know.

  • American

    NBC was preempted in my area last night. But who cares about Saturday finals?

  • Dennis

    Why is the 8:30pm episode of cops ever better than the new episode at 8:00 pm?

  • FringeFan

    “The Following” has horrendous repeat numbers! FOX should just kill the show now to save themselves any future embarrassments.

  • Doug82

    Does this mean that in the 8pm hour 92% of 18-49 were watching non-broadcast tv?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Does this mean that in the 8pm hour 92% of 18-49 were watching non-broadcast tv?”

    Close, but not exactly.

    I get the number as 91%, and it’s the % of 18-49 that were watching something other than those 4 broadcast networks. Could have been other English broadcast (CW, MyNet, PBS, etc), non-English broadcast, cable, or something on DVR.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Bill Gorman

    Speaking of PBS, why don’t you track their numbers? Too many variations in the PBS schedules station to station? It’s not ad driven so there are no numbers to track? You’ve not been given a grant by the Mobile Oil Corporation or viewers like us so you said the hell with it? Just curious both for the reason(s) as well as how some of their shows do in fact rate.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @FakeMeOut: it’s because PBS doesn’t subscribe to the Nielsen service that regularly reports their numbers. PBS subscribes to a service that allows them to report only the numbers they feel like reporting.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Robert Seidman

    Thanks for da info. I wonder why they don’t report all the numbers? Afraid donors will say “I gave you all that money and this is the rating?” Or maybe it’s just too hard to give any meaningful national data when some shows air at different times and/or on different nights.

  • Joseph

    Although Box Office Mojo.com is projecting that this weekend (March 1st-3rd) wasn’t a huge one at the nation;’s movie theatres, they earned about 5% more than the previous weekend.

    The major English-language broadcast networks were collectively down last night (March 2nd) compared to the previous week, but not by that much.

    In most major cities, the big winner was local telecasts of hockey and/or basketball.

  • Doug82

    Thanks for the reply Bill. As someone from the other side of the Atlantic it always amazes me how low the US networks rate on Saturday. In the UK the five terrestrial stations get well over half the available audience

  • Andy

    @Doug82 – the ratings in Australia are down on Fridays and Saturdays too…maybe because Australians and Americans have better things to do on the weekend :)

  • DenverDean

    I still question why NBC is wasting CF on Saturday night. It has been best drama performer – excl REV. What a missed opp to use in another slot.

  • Holly


    You’re worried about NBC wasting reruns of Chicago Fire?

  • Doug82

    @andy my point is that people ARE watching tv on Saturday, just not the 4 networks.

  • JJF

    I remember when Saturday used to have programming I wanted to watch. And it did reasonably well too.

  • Fakeem

    ANW should NOT be promoted as “New” when it’s a clip show. The ratings drop every week they do this.
    It will get to the point that it will rate horribly when they finally air the new season, simply because most people will think it’s just more reacp shows.

  • kyle

    Fox should keep Cops its getting a 1 demo and its doing better then their Friday Night line up

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