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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  • rob60990

    lmao Ultima, it’s incredible.

  • Ultima

    a lot of people complain that it’s too boring

    When you have four-hour long, nine inning games, it’s hard to argue with that. It’s a step above golf at this point.

    It’s one thing to take a lot of time with every pitch in critical situations near the end of the game, but last night it took the pitcher almost twenty minutes to face four batters in the first inning!

  • AppleStinx

    So the Red Sox are back in the World Series so soon? Well, at least there won’t be a “curse of Bobby Valentine”. Let me know when the WS is over and the Red Sox won it – perhaps I’ll renew my interest for ML baseball.

  • Tyson

    The playoff teams this year consistently needed 3.5 or 4 hours to play nine innings. The amazing part is the two league championship series will be near the top of the list for combined worst batting average. We’re not talking about a barrage of 13-12 games. The 3-2 contests are dragging.

  • Cath

    A lot of us who normally watch “48 Hours” were watching sports. I was watching the Detroit/Red Sox game.

    Has nothing to do with “48 Hours.”

  • Ultima

    Time-shifted ratings for the ALCS – 2.3 A18-49, 9.0 million viewers.

  • Ultima

    Comparison to last season…

    2012 NLCS – 2.1, 1.6, day*, 1.6, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4

    2013 ALCS – 1.9, 2.4, day, 2.4, 2.5, 2.3, no gm 7

    Despite running one less night, that’s still a huge improvement (especially since two of the games were on Saturday and they didn’t have a repeat of the disastrous rain delay running into an original X Factor night).

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Ultima: the power of the Red Sox! Next year Fox has the NLCS again and unless the Cubs surprise a lot of people, the numbers will go way down. And then way up again in 2015 if the Yankees and/or Red Sox are in the ALCS.

  • Ultima

    @Robert Seidman
    Next year Fox has the NLCS again

    While they didn’t explicitly say it in their MLB renewal press release, I got the impression that they are going to air the newly acquired LDS games along with the LCS on Fox Sports 1.

    Although I expect they built in some flexibility in case they get a match-up like Red Sox/Yankees. In the contract ending this year, they could actually steal a Sox/Yanks ALCS from TBS! ;)

  • Max Vrany

    LCS (and possibly LDS) games will be split between Actual Fox and FS1. Most (if not all) LDS games will air on FS1 (or be sublicensed to MLB Network).

    Fox hasn’t announced how they’ll split LCS games, but conventional wisdom right now is Actual Fox gets all LCS games except weekday afternoon games and possibly Sunday games that conflict with NFL coverage.

    All World Series games will air on Actual Fox.

  • bumfuzzled

    How did ABC hold on to an audience? The power of Florida State and an exciting Q.B.

  • jp

    Not surprised the baseball did well. The Florida State vs Clemson game was over middle in the second quarter. Plus the baseball game was close until the Grand Slam by Shane Victorino of the Red Sox. NBC sadly had two teams playing for pride in Norte Dame and Southern Cal (USC). Next Saturday World Series game 3 will beat Penn State vs Ohio State, which is ranked number 4 in the polls.

  • Ultima

    How did ABC hold on to an audience?

    It didn’t. Those are awful numbers for a game featuring two top-five teams. It dropped from a 2.3/2.3 at 9pm to a 1.8/1.7 at 10pm and likely even more at 11pm.

  • Tiger Bandit

    I don’t see how any of these ratings matters.

    Most sports fans are probably like me and flip back and forth every few minutes and sometimes every few moments.

    How do these ratings count for someone like me who often changes channels every 30 seconds? I watch three pitches of baseball and then two plays of the FSU game, and then two minutes from the Notre Dame game and then a play from the Alabama game. Since all of these games, both football and baseball, have built in stops for every play. Don’t a lot of sports fans flip around like me?

    So, I watched the baseball and the football as well. Am I the only one? How do the ratings take this into account?

  • BBFan

    FOX’s best rating since 2010’s NLCS gm 6. m18-34 +21%, m18-49 +16%, 18-49 +5% over that 2010 gm. Peak (11-11:30p) 6.5/12 & 10.7m tvs. FOX’s most watched Sat since Jan. Vs the 2012 NLCS on FOX, +26% tv, +41% m18-34, & +33% m18-49.

    Boston 31.9/55, Det 27.5/46, Hartford 16.5/29, StL 9.7/19, & Tampa 7.0/13.

    I think FOX is more than happy with that. They lowered their costs by dumpin their LDS & so far they’ve gotten their $’s worth on the LCS. They’ve already said they are happy with the regular season #’s.

  • MacCT6

    I agree with Tiger Bandit. Real people switch around. There’s no way that a sports fan didn’t switch on to some of the baseball and the end of the ND game which was close, when the FSU game was a blowout. And we had 10+ people in our house and I feel we caught most of the baseball game action, including the Grandslam close to 11pm, most of the ND game and good chunk of the first half of the FSU game. You do your best flipping around to avoid the commercials — but it is amazing sometimes how the commercials do synch — and you ending up watching the commercials whereever you want to come on next (e.g. the Red Sox getting up to bat)..

  • MacCT6

    and if they were to do regional, by the hour breakdowns, there’s no way that the numbers north of Virginia (and west of Tennessee) in the second half of the FSU-Clemson (SC) game didn’t fall in a big way. This was definitely a game of national implication, but once the result was clear (a FSU blowout) sports fans everywhere except the impacted region had to be looking for more compelling action.

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