TV Ratings Saturday: Michigan State Versus Ohio State Dominates Duke Versus Florida State

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December 8th, 2013

Michigan State vs Ohio State

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/11 1.7/5 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.632 5.757 3.525 2.784

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.

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

On FOX, College Football (Michigan State vs. Ohio State) garnered a preliminary  3.5 up 400 percent from last week's preliminary 0.7  adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, College Football (Duke vs. Florida State) scored a preliminary 1.7 up  240 percent from the preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating last week's game earned.

On CBS, 48 Hours Presents: Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation matched the  0.7 adults 18-49 rating for the JFK themed 48 Hours which aired at 9PM on November 16. College Football (Utah State vs. Fresno State)  scored a preliminary 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for December 8, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX College Football: (Michigan State-Ohio State) - Live (8-11PM) 3.5/11 11.63
CBS  College Football Postgame (Eastern/Central) - Live/ Mike & Molly - R/(Pacific) 2.4/8 8.24
ABC College Football (Duke/Florida State) - Live (8-11PM) 1.7/5 5.76
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center - R 0.5/2 2.86
8:30 CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.0/3 3.62
9:00 CBS 48 Hours Presents: Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation 0.7/2 2.78
NBC The Blacklist - R 0.5/1 2.45
10:00 NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.8/2 3.04
CBS College Football (Utah State/Fresno State) - Live 0.5/1 1.87

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


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  • Agnes

    Well there goes NBC’s 6 day winning streak lol

  • Carmen

    Hardly a surprise that the OSU vs. MSU game would outdraw the Duke – FSU game.

    The former having the benefit of being in areas with much higher traditional football interest, plus having much greater BCS championship game implications.

    Yes, A Duke upset would have changed things dramatically, but would anyone really have bet $2.00 that Duke had a prayer? c’mon.

  • Ultima

    8:00 CBS Mike & Molly – R/College Football – Live

    In the Eastern and Central time zones, CBS ran the postgame until 8:30pm and preempted the first episode of Mike & Molly entirely.

  • John A

    Clearly no one cared about Nelson Mandela.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Good to know @Ultima. I will note. In CA, the Fresno State football game started at 7PM.

  • DenverDean

    @John A – The media IS trying to push NM with wall-to-wall coverage, but nobody is buying.

    No surprise the MSU/TOSU game rocked – going back and forth and being in doubt until last couple of minutes. The Duke/FSU game would have fared better if it was close after the 1Q.

    I just don’t get why CBS doesn’t move all the SEC games to prime time. I bet Tigers/Tigers did really well.

  • Ultima

    @Sara Bibel
    In CA, the Fresno State football game started at 7PM.

    It ran well past 10pm PT; according to the zap2it schedule, CBS didn’t have either Mike & Molly or 48 Hours even listed for the west coast.

  • Max Vrany

    Some CBS stations (like mine) didn’t air Utah State vs. Fresno State. WISC aired the game on their TVW subchannel instead.

  • a p garcia

    I saw 30 sec of Christmas at Rock Cn and saw Matt Laurer so I tuned away. Nelson Mandela is big at the big 3 networks, and far from my fav, so I changed the channel again.

  • Ultima

    I just don’t get why CBS doesn’t move all the SEC games to prime time.

    Up until now, there was no incentive to do so (as CBS would likely lose revenue over the move).

    First, the games don’t necessarily do better in primetime compared to the late afternoon. Second, CBS would have had to pay more for the rights if they moved to primetime in order to make up for ESPN paying less. Due to CBS’ exclusive time window for SEC games, ESPN not being able to air SEC games on ABC, and ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR, ESPN would have been very limited in where they could have aired the games (they normally run three during primetime).

    Starting next year, CBS is losing its exclusive SEC window and, in two years, ESPN is losing NASCAR to NBC, so the flexibility issue will be gone and things might change, but I wouldn’t bet on it. CBS already has the #1 college football program, why fix what isn’t broken?

  • k:Alex

    Up 400%, nice for Fox.

  • kb

    Ohio St. Chokes again. What else is new. I’m glad because Florida St. Vs SEC’s Auburn is a much more entertaining matchup for the championship.

  • kb

    I like Fox’s coverage of college football. The announcers are the most enthusiastic.

  • Ultima

    Ohio St. Chokes again. What else is new.

    To be fair, they usually wait until the National Championship Game to choke! ;)

    I like Fox’s coverage of college football. The announcers are the most enthusiastic.

    Gus Johnson is awesome! :D

  • PRW

    Next Year CBS iis going to have the MWC game right after SEC.

  • Joseph A

    Any chance we can get a posting of all the Saturday Games so we can see how they all stacked up in a single posting including those via ESPN ?

  • Joseph

    If the SEC Championship Game had been in prime-time, it would have likely drawn 18 million viewers.

  • Joseph

    Last night (December 7th), the broadcast networks attracted a total of around 23 million viewers.

    Next Saturday (December 14th), the broadcast nets may be lucky to attract even as much as one-third that number.

    Between them, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC may only attract 7 million between them.

    One reason is the fact that the regular-season in College Football will have ended.

    But the main reason is that millions of Americans, including many normally home on Saturday nights, will be attending their workplace’s Office Holiday Parties next Saturday night.

    The second Saturday night of December is the traditional time of year for these mandatory-attendance events.

    And even those who are home next Saturday night to watch TV, if living in or near major cities, will likely be watching local telecasts of hometown NHL or NBA games.

  • CBSviewer

    It was a really good episode of 48 Hours. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela !

  • DryedMangoez

    I was surprised when I saw they had the MWC at 10pm ET. Couldn’t they at least have worked it out with the conference to start at 9 or something?

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