TV Ratings Saturday: Wisconsin & Ohio State College Football Matchup Rules Night

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September 29th, 2013


Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/7 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.359 4.390 3.021 1.224

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

ABC was  number 1 among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, College Football (Wisconsin/ Ohio State) scored a preliminary 2.0, up from last week's 1.5  adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football (Arizona/Washingson) garnered a preliminary 0.4,down from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the return of 48 Hours earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 ratings.


Broadcast primetime ratings for September 28, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC College Football- Wisconsin/ Ohio State (8-11PM) 2.0 7 6.36
CBS The Crazy Ones -R 0.9 3 3.61
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.5 2 2.30
FOX College Football- Arizona/Washington (8-10PM) 0.4 1 1.22
8:30 PM CBS Mom -R 0.8 3 3.38
9:00PM NBC The Blacklist -R 0.7 2 3.85
CBS Hostages -R 0.7 2 3.66
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 6.01
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.9 3 2.92

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


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  • Ryan

    CBS repeated well. Funny that Blacklist (3.8 on Monday) and Hostages (1.8 on Monday) pull the same repeat numbers.

  • omabin

    CBS repeated well

  • Flame

    Since I am not familiar with US College Football, can anybod yenlighten me why the Arizona / Washington lineup only scored an abysmal 0.4? Teams no good? Unis don’t have fans?

  • Ryan

    @Flame – part of this can be chalked up to these being West Coast teams, and since the game ran 4 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific Time ratings from the West Coast have not been factored in yet. Having said that, these are not two of the league’s marquee teams (you can make an argument that only USC is, and they are having a down year to say the least) and the Pacific Time Zone only accounts for 15% of the USA’s population, so I would not expect this rating to budge much in the finals anyway.

  • Dave

    Flame, Its probably because of many factors. Ohio State and Wisconsin have been better teams historically with Ohio State currently being in the top 5. Ohio St and Wisconsin also have much bigger fan bases when it comes to football. ABC has also shown prime time college football games for many years while FOX only started to a year ago. And the fans of the west coast schools claims that there is an east coast bias in the media so they don’t tend to get the same attention as schools from the East and the Midwest

  • Flame

    Thanks for the clarification, Dave!

  • Flame

    And Ryan of course.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I’m glad that CBS repeated the Crazy Ones on Saturday, gave me a chance to sample it. On Thursday, I recorded Glee and Michael J. Fox so I couldn’t watch it.

  • 728huey


    Great explanation. I would add that Ohio State and Wisconsin have huge followings in college football being in the Midwest while Washington and Arizona, though they have loyal fans and alumni, have a much smaller following. Also, ESPN/ABC are allowed to broadcast college football games over the airwaves for all conferences except the SEC (which CBS owns the rights to) and Notre Dame home games (which NBC owns the rights to). ESPN does have an exclusive contract with the SEC, but that is cable only. FOX owns the contract for Pac-12 and Big XII games, which used to be owned by TBS back in the early 2000’s and by Versus (now NBC Sports Network) after that.

    BTW, I watched TCO last night, and I thought it was pretty good, though the pilot was carried primarily by Robin Williams’ manic routine, which if you’re not a fan of can get grating really quickly. Also, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character needs to be fleshed out more in future episodes. I’m not sure what theme they are planning to pursue for the show; it it going to be a family theme between RW and SMG, or a workplace comedy ala The Office and 30 Rock?


    Interesting Sat pulled a 2.0 (if numbers hold) w/ non-event programming

    @ Ryan & Omabin

    I noticed the same myself

  • Jiji Moran

    Some new shows had huge numbers on first showing, and the networks were calling them “hit show”, or “best show of the Fall”, or “sure hit”, etc… Yet, second show has puny ratings. Jumping the gun a bit, wouldn’t you say?

  • BBFan

    It seems like a losing endeavor for FOX. They routinely won the night for yrs with Cops & AMW & their college football is averaging worse than what encores of Sleepy Hallow are doing. They need to renogiate that deal to air the less than marquee games during the day & pay a yr end bonus for all the marquee games that emerge worthy of PT. Both ABC & ESPN routinely offer better matchups than FOX & college football is more regional than national.

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