TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' & 'American Ninja Warrior' Down; 'Saturday Night Live' Repeat Wins Night

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March 17th, 2013


Scoreboard ABC CBS FOX NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 3.800 3.953 2.394 2.129


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

On FOX,  Cops scored a 0.9  adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week.

On NBC, an American Ninja Warrior clip show earned a  0.4 down two tenths from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours garnered a 0.9 even with last week's adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, March 16, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 0.9 4 3.21
ABC Celebrity Wife Swap -R 0.6 2 2.44
CBS CSI -R 0.5 2 2.72
NBC American Ninja Warrior 0.4 2 1.77
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.9 4 3.32
9:00PM ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 1.0 3 4.48
CBS Criminal minds -R 0.8 3 4.25
FOX The Following -R 0.4 1 1.52
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.3 1 1.44
10:00 PM NBC Saturday Night Live -R 1.1 4 3.18
CBS 48 Hours 0.9 3 4.88

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  • RandyL

    Chicago Fire repeat got a .3. Smash is gonna do just fine in this slot.

  • forg

    Well at least Smash is coming to give some life on these Saturday ratings post

  • Robsten_Fan

    Why Saturday is so pathetic? :D

  • CBSviewer

    I thought 48 Hours was a repeat.

  • Gene

    Of course NBC manages to have the highest and lowest rated shows of the night.

  • Nick

    Great for 20/20.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    Looks as if 20/20 might be getting booted to Saturdays next year to make room.

  • JoeHamm


    48 Hours was original this week, repeat next week, likely because of the Tournament.

    And as for 20/20, it was basically a compilation of previously aired segments (the second hour a rehashing of the 9/7/2012 broadcast). Either way, good enough for a Saturday if ABC is seriously running out of movies to broadcast and is needing to build a new Saturday structure outside of live sports. Sad, really.

  • Joseph

    About nine out of ten people between 18 and 49 watching TV last night (March 16th) in prime-time weren’t watching the “big four” broadcast networks.

    Since the movie box-office was way down from last week, I suspect that the big winner last night was Televised College Basketball Conference Tournaments, especially in areas where local teams were playing.

    In other major markets, local pro hockey or basketball ruled.

    And in some areas, St. Patrick’s Day festivities (a lot of people probably celebrated last night instead of today, the 17th) dragged down local TV ratings.

  • Ultima

    @Rollie Dethloff
    Looks as if 20/20 might be getting booted to Saturdays next year to make room.

    Because ABC figured out that repeats of 20/20 are doing better than theatricals?

    20/20 has aired in the Friday 10pm timeslot for 25 years, I wouldn’t assume ABC is moving it just because they’re also airing it at other times (which they’ve done frequently).

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