TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Flat, 'American Ninja Warrior' Up, '48 Hours' Down

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March 10th, 2013


Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.652 4.546 3.391 2.156


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

On FOX,  Cops scored a 1.0  adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On NBC, an American Ninja Warrior clip show earned a  0.6 up 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours garnered a 0.9 down 10 percent from  last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX Cops 1.0/4 3.34
NBC American Ninja Warrior  (Clip Show) 0.6/2 2.20
CBS Person of Interest - R 0.5/2 4.04
ABC Once Upon a Time - R 0.5/2 2.09
8:30 FOX Cops - R 1.0/4 3.53
9:00 ABC 20/20 - R (9-11PM) 0.8/3 4.04
CBS 48 Hours - R 0.7/2 4.13
FOX The Following - R 0.6/2 1.87
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.4/1 1.90
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.9/3 5.46
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.8/3 2.40

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  • Mizzourah

    Detroit’s WDIV didn’t help Ninja any, considering they preempted it with a 2011 Jeopardy rerun and a Cindy Crawford infomercial.

  • Joseph

    “Saturday Night Live”, from 11:30 P.M. to 1 A.M. EST, attracted 50% more viewers between 18 and 49 than all of the “big four” English-language broadcast networks did combined during just about any minute of prime-time.

    Given that the movie box-office was 27% higher than last weekend (with “Oz The Great and Powerful” expected to top $80 million), chances are prime-time TV last night (March 9th) was hurt by the movies.

  • Shepherd

    Wow, A clip show that does better than a regular episode from the previous week. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that happen before.

  • Shepherd


    ‘Nobody’ watches TV on Saturdays. These numbers are pretty typical. I’m sure your movie did great, but these numbers are no indication of that one way or the other.

  • Christian

    excuses are alive and well, even for Saturday ratings

  • a p garcia

    I am wondering why Michelle O was on the TV clip show on 20/20. I really don’t think Am. Bandstand belongs in the variety show catagory of the clip show. Musical show-YES, but not a variety show.

  • Jonay

    People are so disrespectful if they don’t get their way :/

  • alex

    chicago fire gets good repeat numbers.

  • Ultima

    Wow, A clip show that does better than a regular episode from the previous week.

    I believe all of the American Ninja Warrior Saturday airings are just clip shows from last season.

  • Melissa

    Wow, Saturday ratings are so boring most of the time!

  • Tested

    Would love to see what a network could do with all original scripted shows on Saturday.

  • Shepherd


    I believe all of the American Ninja Warrior Saturday airings are just clip shows from last season

    I’m sure you’re right. This was just the first time I ever saw “(Clip Show)” written next to the episode, so I assumed the others were regular episodes.

  • Fakeem

    ANW is showing these clip-shows to preapre people for it’s Summer return, and as a way to get people to try out for it. It will be interesting to see if the Summer first-runs rate higher than what they’re airing now.

  • Joseph


    I think that if a “big four” network were to run two or three first-run scripted shows on Saturday nights, and if these shows are extensively promoted, I think such shows might actually do surprisingly well.

    It would help if such shows were also compelling enough that people would want to watch.

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