TV Ratings Saturday: Preseason Football Edges NASCAR + 'Do No Harm' Rises

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August 25th, 2013


Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/6 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.667 5.862 2.744 2.081

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (Football) & ABC (NASCAR) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 , but ABC won with total viewers.

On CBS NFL Preseason Football earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, NASCAR earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Do No Harm earned a x from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for August 24, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NFL Preseason Football (8-11PM) 1.6 5 5.67
ABC NASCAR (8-11PM) 1.5 5 5.86
NBC American Ninja Warrior -R 0.9 4 3.07
FOX Cops -R 0.5 2 1.77
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.6 2 2.11
9:00PM FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 2.23
NBC Get Out Alive -R 0.9 3 2.83
10:00 PM NBC Do No Harm 0.6 2 2.33


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


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  • a p garcia

    The local ABC affiliate showed pre-season football, otherwise I would have seen NASCAR.

  • rob60990

    Nbc in NY showed Jet vs Giants game.

  • Unicorn

    Whoa Do not harm! It’s doing better than SMASH did on Saturday.

  • Potato

    Do no harm is doing 2/3 as well as it did on its last thursday night… on a saturday… in the middle of the summer. when ratings are that low anything looks good!

  • Max Vrany

    Every network was preempted somewhere, but FOX appears to have had the fewest preemptions.

    CBS’s game did not air/aired on alternate channels in many markets due to local preseason games, so these ratings are even more worthless.

    ABC’s NASCAR race was not subject to as many preemptions, but, as with CBS, it’s pointless to read into these ratings.

    NBC was preempted in New York, Washington DC, Cleveland and Tampa (among others), so stop cheering about Do No Harm’s ratings!

    In short, ignore everyone but FOX at this time.

  • Andy

    I watched Do Not Harm for the first time this weekend, it looked like a good show.

  • One @ Andy

    Bummer for you then, that it’s about to be out of episodes…

  • JSunkist

    3 episodes left of ‘Do No Harm’

    2 episodes next Saturday from 9-11, then September 7th at 10 for the series finale

  • JoeHamm

    1 Saturday down, 16 more to go before things return to normal. It’s gonna be a long, grueling autumn.

  • HalCapone

    Pointless even commenting on the summer ratings that are essentially meaningless. Read a book everyone and get some exercise all couch spuds.

  • Houston Texans

    @ HalCapone

    Too late for that advice the fall is here and the summer is over.

  • ShawnfromDayton

    Many CBS affiliates probably pre-empted CBS’ game to air their local teams preseason games. The same bodes true for a fair amount ABC, Fox, and NBC affiliates. So in short these ratings are totally worthless

  • Igwell

    1 Saturday down, 16 more to go before things return to normal.

    Reruns on three channels and a movie from ten years ago on ABC. Can’t wait.

  • E.S.

    In Phoenix, the NASCAR race aired on the little-watched “Live Well” subchannel while the main channel had Cardinals preseason football.

  • Billiam

    Good for Do No Harm.. it was time to go into Ian and the Doc’s background but.. even if it doubles in ratings until it’s finale, it’s gone. But, thanks NBC for giving up all 13 eps.

  • USAmerica1st

    NASCAR did well compared to the NFL game, but it was pre-season.

  • JoeHamm

    Reruns on three channels and a movie from ten years ago on ABC. Can’t wait.

    Okay, you’re right. There’s no such thing as normal, unless it’s live sports. But still, I live for the good old days.

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