TV Ratings Saturday: NASCAR & College Football in Dead Heat, 'Do No Harm' Finale Down

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September 8th, 2013

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Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.98 3.58 3.71 1.77

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

ABC and FOX tied for number 1 among adults 18-49 while ABC was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, NASCAR scored a preliminary 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football garnered a preliminary 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the series finale of  Do No Harm earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating down 20 percent from last week's 0.5. Your predictions were too optimistic.

Broadcast primetime ratings for September 7, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC NASCAR (8-11PM) - Live 1.1/4 4.98
FOX College Football - Live (8-11PM) 1.1/4 3.58
NBC American Ninja Warrior - R (8-10PM) 0.6/2 1.88
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 0.4/1 2.28
9:00 CBS 48 Hours- R 0.8/3 3.91
10:00 CBS 48 Hours - R 0.9/3 4.94
NBC Do No Harm - Series Finale 0.4/1 1.54



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  • Quadrey

    Do No Harm is now Done 0.9-0.4

  • John A

    So did Do No Harm get a proper ending?

  • Mathew

    Do no harm is so gettin renewed

  • Flame

    So Do no Harm did no Harm even in the finale.

  • Connman

    No, Do No Harm’s finale was clearly written as a season finale. No closure for the few fans it had – though they did at least give us some critical character background (which would have made a 2nd season even more interesting!)

  • the champ is here

    Yes, Do No Harm got a proper ending, but they left it open for a 2nd season.

  • Marvin

    I too thought it was an excellent show and wondered why only a few people liked it. You can view the finale as closure if you want. Dr. Carmelo put the chip in and kills off Jason, leaving the authentic Ian Price. As much as we wanted Jason to be rid of Ian, unfortunately Jason died at 11 yrs old. Ian loved his brother when they were kids and the death was accident. Perhaps Ian will change and become a better person. We will never know.

  • Niallerz24

    I can see networks are now trying to make Fridays work for them, I wonder if they will ever try Saturdays again. Remember when Saturdays were the night where the big ratings were gotten.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Saturdays were only big before Nielsen counted demos and only viewers were reported. I’m big hits like the Golden Girls skewed way old

  • Connman

    Marvin, et al, we don’t know what would have happened next, nor if what we saw was correct or previously implanted memories, as this MAY not have been the first chip (prior surgery scar). All we are left with is an open-ended story – without a next or final chapter. Dr Carmelo’s goodbye to Jason could have been sincere (though why?), or it could have been a setup by the writers for the cliffhanger. We’ll never know.

  • K


    At this point, do you really care?

  • Billiam

    Ian lives. Jason died 25 years ago. of course, now that there is evidence against Ian for murder, he will spend the rest of his life in prison or mental hospital…. It was a good show that deserved better.

  • jp

    Next week I see CBS winning the night. ABC will have Norte Dame vs unranked Purdue and FOX will have Ohio St. vs unranked Cal. Not that impressive.

  • Joseph

    Isn’t CBS carrying the college football game between Texas A & M and Alabama in prime-time this Saturday (September 14th)??

    If CBS could get the Southeastern Conference to move it’s CBS games to prime-time every week, CBS would dominate Saturday nights during the Fall, given the SEC’s dominance of the sport.

  • Ultima

    Isn’t CBS carrying the college football game between Texas A & M and Alabama in prime-time this Saturday (September 14th)??


    If CBS could get the Southeastern Conference to move it’s CBS games to prime-time every week

    The SEC doesn’t have a problem playing in primetime. CBS has a problem not wanting to outbid ESPN for the primetime rights to SEC games with nowhere to air them.

    CBS would LOSE MONEY if they wanted to air SEC football every Saturday night. They already have the highest rated college football telecast with the late afternoon SEC timeslot. If they wanted to air a game at night, they would have to buy out ESPN’s virtually exclusive primetime rights (CBS does get one primetime game), which would be stupid because CBS Sports Net doesn’t have enough reach to justify it.

    I’m sure I’ve explained this to you before, why are you having such a hard time understanding it?

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