TV Ratings Saturday: College Football Lifts ABC to Nightly Win + 'Do No Harm' Steady

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September 1st, 2013


Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/10 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.38 3.81 1.81 1.93

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

ABC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Note: Sorry, we only have half hours ratings today. In the meantime, averaging these half hours into ratings for each show will often lead to errors

Broadcast primetime ratings for August 31, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 2.0 8 5.92
NBC American Ninja Warrior -R 0.6 3 2.08
FOX Cops -R 0.5 2 1.94
CBS Mike & Molly -R 0.3 1 2.19
8:30PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 2.6 10 7.46
NBC American Ninja Warrior -R 0.7 3 2.12
FOX Cops -R 0.5 2 2.05
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 0.3 1 2.36
9:00PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 3.0 11 8.13
NBC Do No Harm 0.5 2 1.67
CBS 48 Hours -R 0.5 2 3.65
FOX Bones -R 0.4 1 1.71
9:30PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 3.1 11 8.12
CBS 48 Hours -R 0.7 2 4.43
FOX Bones -R 0.5 2 2.02
NBC Do No Harm 0.4 2 1.50
10:00 PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 2.6 9 6.67
CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 4.97
NBC Do No Harm 0.5 2 1.62
10:30 PM ABC College Football (8-11PM) 3.0 11 7.98
CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 5.27
NBC Do No Harm 0.5 2 1.88


-Saturday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights

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


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  • Survivor Fan

    The game will have well above a 3.0 in final ratings, but I hoped for more, considering the implications the game had.

    Anyway, Georgia may very well be a Top 10 team but start 0-2 if it cannot beat South Carolina next weekend. Clemson was very impressive. If it can beat Florida St. and South Carolina (and not slip up elsewhere), it has a good chance to play in the final BCS Title Game if two of Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio St. mess up (why can’t that playoff start this year?).

  • jj

    Clemson is not gonna make the title game. They will slip up. Ohio st. Is overrated. I have a feeling that it will be the top SEC team vs the winner of Oregon/Stanford. I think the SEC and Pac 12 are the top conferences.

  • Edward

    Bit of a long shot, but watch out for Baylor being a top 5 team. Their defence has gotten better. Very physical and they get turnovers…. But I agree Clemson won’t make it and Ohio State is overrated.

  • Survivor Fan


    You are probably right, and, for the record, I do predict Alabama vs. Oregon as the title game. I think that Clemson will lose against South Carolina (and maybe even FSU), taking them out of the hunt. Oregon will run the table, as will Alabama. South Carolina will have one loss en route to winning the SEC East, but Alabama/South Carolina will be a de facto national semifinal (just as Alabama/Georgia was last year), and Alabama will win by about 10. Alabama will face a much tougher test in the Title Game this year than last, but will prevail by 3 in a classic.

  • Edward

    Not bad for this game. Clemson isn’t a well national recognized team… Wait till 2 weeks Texam A@M and Alabama. 15mill plus

  • Survivor Fan

    You may laugh at me now, but mark my words: Duke football will go 9-4 this year and become a real contender. Next year, I actually like Duke to win the ACC Coastal.

  • Edward

    I love Texas A@M, but did not love what Johnny Football was pulling yesterday….Alabama smells blood……

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Edward

    Your defense looked weak. I say that Alabama wins 44-28, getting revenge for last year (what was one of the most exciting games of the season).

  • rob60990

    Fantastic ratings for College Football game beating Under the Dome!

  • Marius

    Do No Harm had 0.6 last week as far as I know, so not steady.

  • rob60990

    Do No Harm probably adjusted down last week, especially since it was pre-empted for football in NY.

  • 728huey

    I may speak heresy, but I see a potential BCS title game with no SEC teams in it. Ohio State may be overrated, but they have the easiest path to an undefeated season among all BCS teams. They’re in a joke of a division in the B1G, with crappy teams in Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue, a Penn State team which will begin to feel the effects of their four year probation for that whole Sandusky issue in earnest, and a Wisconsin team that went 8-6 last season, thus giving them five wins off the bat. Throw in a weak non-conference schedule that adds four more wins. Then they play Iowa, which is in rebuilding mode, and that gives then ten victories. That leaves their only serious competition as Northwestern and Michigan, both of whom they play on the road, plus the B1G title game, which is likely to be a rematch against said Michigan or Northwestern, or possibly Nebraska.

    Then you have Oregon, who is likely only to be tested by Stanford and USC, but they get to face USC at home. And with Clemson beating Georgia last night, if they can beat South Carolina and Florida State, they could run the table in the ACC. And don’t forget Louisville either.

    As for the vaunted SEC, I could see a scenario in which five or six teams are worthy of playing for the national championship, yet none of them make it because they all have one loss. That may not be right, but that may be what shakes out in the final year of the BCS. Next year this won’t be an issue.

  • Survivor Fan


    Alabama lost last year and still played for the title. I think that, as long as there is a strong SEC team with 0 or 1 losses, we will see a 1-loss SEC team over, say, Louisville. The last undefeated team to win it all was Auburn in 2010.

  • HalCapone

    “Do No Harm” Does No Good against football.

  • JP

    Good game to open the College Football season in primetime. My guess the final number will be an 8 or 9 rating. It should be 10 but because its a holiday weekend it finish between those 2 numbers. If I was the president of ABC Entertainment, I would make a big push (or pitch) to ESPN John Skipper air the college football championship or playoffs or even the Rose Bowl on ABC. More viewers and exposure. The could share in the ad revenue.

  • CBSviewer

    Comedy on Saturday finally :)
    The game was so enjoyable !

  • Raul

    Great night for ABC!

  • Ultima


    Alabama has a shockingly easy schedule for an SEC team with no regular seasons meetings against South Carolina, Georgia or Florida. With the preseason favoribility in the polls, they could probably lose to either LSU or Texas A&M and still make the national championship if they win the SEC.

    I’m not a Bama fan and would actually like to see the SEC dominance stop, just making an observation.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Ultima

    Alabama would definitely have to win the SEC Title Game in that circumstance. It would still depend on other teams. For instance, last year, if Oregon beats Stanford, it plays (and, most likely, beats) Notre Dame.

    I think that it will be Alabama vs. Oregon, but I expect both of those teams to go undefeated. We will see!

  • Survivor Fan

    And, for the record, I am a Duke fan, so I am just predicting what I think will happen.

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