TV Ratings Saturday: Christmas Specials Beat College Football, '48 Hours' Steady

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December 1st, 2013

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Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.209 2.984 2.924 2.371

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.

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, The Flight Before Christmas notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 10 percent from a 1.0 on December 9, 2012. The Story of Santa Claus scored a 1.0 up 43 percent from a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating on December 17, 2011. 48 Hours matched last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, College Football (Notre Dame vs. Stanford) garnered a preliminary 0.7 up 40 percent from last week's 0.5  adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, College Football (UCLA vs. USC) scored a preliminary  0.5 down 75 percent from the preliminary 2.0 adults 18-49 rating last week's game earned.

Broadcast primetime ratings for November 30, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS The Flight Before Christmas - R 1.1/4 4.20
FOX College Football (Notre Dame/Stanford) - Live (8-11PM) 0.7/2 2.98
ABC College Football (UCLA-USC)- Live (8-11PM) 0.5/2 1.96
NBC The National Dog Show - R (8-10PM) 0.5/2 3.10
9:00 CBS The Story of Santa Claus - R 1.0/3 3.60
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.0/3 4.83
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.8/2 2.57

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  • Joseph A

    Anyone have the Auburn vs Alabama numbers from the SEC game on Saturday?

  • Tom

    I read an 8.6 overnight rating

  • Networkman

    I thought the USC game would performed better. Can’t believe it is down 75 percent from the preliminary 2.0 adults 18-49 rating last week’s game earned. I would of guessed it to at least reach 1.0 Maybe viewers were tired of watching College Football by time this game aired? Anyway nice numbers for the holiday specials on CBS. Both did better than the holiday programs CBS aired on Friday Night

  • esruckcype

    I’m thinking the SEC games grabbed most of this audience. Because the SEC is the only conference that matters! ;)

  • kb

    People just don’t care about westcoast college football
    USC isn’t what it used to be. Maybe if they get back to national title contention in the upcoming years, then their aura would be back.

  • kb

    National title game will be low without the SEC in it. Florida St. Vs Ohio St.? Meh.. Just imagine now if Florida St. Qb Jameis Winston gets charged with rape. Then he would be automatically suspended. I don’t think anyone wants to see backup qb in the national title game.

  • Joseph A

    Thnx yea found the numbers for the Alabama vs Auburn game

    8.6 / 18
    End with a 11.8 / 23

  • Ryan

    Since three out of four of those teams are based on the West Coast (and ND probably has a sizable following out there too) I would expect those ratings may go up, but that doesn’t change the fact that those were some pretty meager games.

  • Ryan

    The A&M/Mizzou game on ESPN should easily outrate both games, maybe even both combined.

  • 728huey

    The only games of real consequence yesterday were the Iron Bowl (Alabama/Auburn) and the Ohio State/Michigan game, which I’m sure everyone outside of Ohio was praying for the Buckeyes to lose. Stanford already had two losses going into last night’s game, and Notre Dame isn’t anywhere near as good as they were last season. USC has played much better lately, but their former coach really screwed the program and nearly turned it into total crap before he was fired midway through the season.

  • AllOfHerTw!st


    Maybe, but the PAC-12 is The Conference Of Champions! ;-) :-)

  • mike98

    that auburn vs. alabama game was sick! one of the best games i ever saw!

  • pooty

    48 Hours is always sooo good! It gives me life! #rapture

  • Phil

    I watched the dog show again!

  • Why Watch

    Normally I pass on Saturday TV offerings, but I am glad I stumbled onto the National Dog show. Good to see the foxhound beat out all the mop-dogs that generally win. But it’s said those dogs can’t live a ‘normal’ dog life.

    As for the other shows, those weren’t worth watching.

  • Joseph

    The Alabama/Auburn game should have been in prime-time.

    It likely would have gotten a 10 rating in overall viewers and would have dominated the night.

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