TV Ratings Saturday: American League Championship Series Beats College Football, '48 Hours' Flat

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October 20th, 2013

ALCS Game 6

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/7 2.0/6 0.7/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.560 5.871 3.331 3.013

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

On FOX, the sixth and final game of the MLB Baseball ALCS garnered a preliminary  2.1 adults 18-49 rating down from Thursday's preliminary 2.4.

On ABC, College Football (Florida State/Clemson) scored a preliminary 2.0  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, College Football (Notre Dame/USC) coverage scored a preliminary adults 18-49 rating. A local programming note:. in Los Angeles,the  second largest media market in the country and home of USC, most of the game aired before primetime. The L.A. affiliate, KNBC, which is owned by NBC, opted to air vintage episodes of Magnum P.I. and The Six Million Dollar Man during primetime, which was programming from the NBC-owned digital subchannel COZI TV.  So this preliminary rating includes the L.A. numbers for Throwback Saturday.


On CBS,  48 Hours matched last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for October 19, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX MLB Baseball Playoffs - Live (8-11PM) 2.1/7 8.56
ABC College Football (Florida State-Clemson) - Live (8-11PM) 2.0/6 5.87
NBC College Football (USC-Notre Dame) - Live (8-11PM) 0.7/2 3.01
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 0.7/3 2.49
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 0.7/2 2.68
9:00 CBS CSI - R 0.5/2 2.70
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.8/3 4.71

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


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  • jay

    Not even game 6 reached 10 million. And why is the demo lower on saturday with more viewers? 2.5 on thursday with 8.5 million. Only 2.1 with 8.9 million.

  • jay

    That florida st. Vs clemson , ame did much better than I thought. 2.0 for a complete blowout.

  • jay

    Never mind it now says 8.56. Still lower demo.

  • ck

    young people go out on Saturday night…old people stay home and watch tv

  • John A

    Why is 48 Hours doing that poorly? Repeats during the summer were doing better. They should air repeats at 9pm instead of crappy Hostages.

  • John A

    Sorry I meant 48 Hours repeats at 9pm instead of Hostages.

  • Baseball4Ever


  • s0303

    @ jay of course it’s a lower demo…it’s saturday vs. thursday…any network should be happy with a 2.1 on a saturday (or friday for that matter)…

  • jay


    2.1 would be good for a regular show on a fridat or a saturday. Like shark tank. But when fox has billions invested in baseball this is a horrible rating. Considering that the red sox are involved and a game 6, only dissapointment can describe these numbers.

  • CBSviewer

    A thought CBS aired a repeat of Hostages at 9.

  • Max Vrany

    Hostages did air at 9.

  • rob60990

    Despite being on a Saturday, MLB should have done better. You would think more would tune in to see if Boston would win which they did so no game 7!

    I can’t believe ABC’s blowout game did that well.

  • Igwell

    There’s probably a whole generation of people who have never watched the networks on a Saturday.

  • Edward

    Good point Igwell. Imagine what these ratings might be like a couple years from now? I think Sox/Cards will average over 15mill for the series, but this doesn’t look good for down the road.

  • Joseph

    In many cities, local hockey and preseason basketball drew viewers.


    Old people stay at home and watch TV with the kids that the young people who go out left them with

    BAM! Grand Slam in the bottom of the 7th! And Boston goes to the World Series!


  • Joseph

    With the American League Championship Series over, the way is clear for NBC’s “NFL Sunday Night Football” (Denver at Indianapolis; unbeaten Denver’s Peyton Manning faces his former team for the first time) to score humongous ratings.

    How big??

    Likely the most-watched show thus far of the 2012/2013 TV season; likely the most-watched TV show since the last Super Bowl, and possibly even the most-watched regular-season telecast in NFL history.

    AMC’s “Walking Dead” will likely finish second behind football in total viewers and key demos (likely with a 6 to 6.7 in the 18-49 demo), while every other broadcast network is going to have a disastrous Sunday night.

    No other network (outside of CBS between 7 and 7:30 P.M. EDT thanks to NFL run-over) may have more than a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo tonight! And between 9 and 10 EDT/PDT, ABC, CBS, and Fox’s combined 18-49 demo number may be a 3.5 or even a little less!

  • Ultima

    There’s probably a whole generation of people who have never watched the networks on a Saturday.

    Are you suggesting that there’s a whole generation of people who have never watched sports?


  • Ultima

    Likely the most-watched show thus far of the 2012/2013 TV season; likely the most-watched TV show since the last Super Bowl, and possibly even the most-watched regular-season telecast in NFL history.

    How can you be this stupid? :roll: :roll: :roll:

  • 728huey

    I love baseball too :-) but unfortunately, not a lot of younger viewers share that love; in fact, a lot of people complain that it’s too boring and would rather watch football, basketball, or MMA. I think the fact that one of the LCS broadcasts and all of the LDS broadcasts have been shifted to TBS have made casual fans forget about the playoffs.

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