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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  • chris

    I agree 100% about the SEC dominance needing to stop, it’s making College Football dull. The BCS wonders why the ratings for their championship game keep falling or staying stagnant is because you have practically the same teams in the games every year, Thats why i’m looking foreward to this playoff system coming next year, Bowl season needs some spice. As for those calling OSU overrated, at least do the same for Alabama. Both schools have a non conference schedule filled with mostly cupcake teams, if you’re gonna claim to be the best, you need to beat the best, beating an FCS school by 60 is not beating the best, it’s beating someone youre supposed to beat handily

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Chris

    Alabama beat Virginia Tech, who was the preseason #26 team in the polls. That is not your quintessential cupcake. Also, they play in the SEC, giving them ample opportunities for quality wins.

  • jj


    Ohio st. Plays is the big ten. Enough said.

  • Ultima

    Thats why i’m looking foreward to this playoff system coming next year

    Bleh. I hate this trying to determine a national champion nonsense. Either have a full playoff system like the other divisions or stick with the traditional bowl games. I prefer the latter.

    And, for the record, I’m an Illinois fan, so nowhere to go but up this season! (At least I really, really hope so…) ;)

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