TV Ratings Saturday: Ohio State Versus Northwestern Dominates the Night, '48 Hours' Down

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October 6th, 2013

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Scoreboard ABC NBC FOX CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.601 3.240 2.187 3.612

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  ABC, NBC  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 (Ohio State/Northwestern) scored a preliminary 2.2, up 20 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, College Football (Notre Dame/Arizona State) notched a preliminary 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football (TCU/Oklahoma) garnered a preliminary 0,8 up 100 percent from last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  48 Hours earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 10 percent from last week's 1.0.


Broadcast primetime ratings for October 5, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC College Football - Live (8-11PM) -Live 2.2/7 6.60
NBC College Football - Live (8-11PM) 0.8/3 3.24
FOX College Football - Live (8-11PM) 0.8/3 2.33
CBS The Millers - R 0.7/3 3.27
8:30 CBS We Are Men - R 0.6/2 2.90
9:00 CBS Hostages - R 0.5/1 2.86
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.9/3 4.89

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


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  • Colin

    Hostages was in my TV last night, not POI.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    @Colin Nielsen listed POI, but since you were actually watching CBS last night, I am changing it. Thanks for letting me know.

  • cc

    Ohio State is like TBBT, unbeatable.

  • RandyL

    We Are Men looks great in it’s future time slot.
    Next week we’ll see an original episode here.

  • Networkman

    Wow, so much football. But only ABC had the real game.

  • Anthony

    Bad night for CBS!
    ABC beat NBC and FOX lol

  • The Booper

    CCBS should read CBS in header for summaries.

  • LynJ

    Sara – these are labeled as OCT 6 ratings – should have been titled SAT – OCT 5

  • ludoredjohn

    Hostages repeats in its future timeslot…

  • 728huey

    Let’s face it; nearly all of Ohio and much of the Deep South, Bay Area, and Oregon were tuned into the OSU/NW game last night. (BTW, NW has a loyal nationwide following, but it’s too small to measure.) I’m sure a lot of SEC, ACC, and Pac-12 fans were rooting for NW to pull the huge upset, but OSU just wore them down in the end.

  • Lucky

    Of all nights, Saturday is the night to keep ABC even or above CBS and Fox for the week.

  • Pooty

    48 Hours turned out to be a pretty good episode. Still can’t decide if I believe the man killed himself or was murdered.

  • Joseph

    By quick calculation, it looks like two million fewer people watched prime-time broadcast-network TV this past Saturday (October 5th) than the prior week (September 28th).

    I suspect there were two reasons for the drop-off in viewers:

    (1) TBS had the American League semifinals (Tampa Bay at Boston, followed by Detroit at Oakland).

    (2) And the movie “Gravity” set records for opening-weekend box-office in the month of October.

    Both undoubtedly drew viewers away from the nets despite three very appealing college football matchups.

  • Joseph

    I should have also noted in my last post that another possibility as to why prime-time network viewing was down by about two million compared to the prior week was that it was the first weekend of the National Hockey League season, and in cities with NHL teams who were in action, at least some viewers might have watched local hockey telecasts.

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