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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  • abc

    For someone with only basic cable like myself, (and not a football watcher) Saturday is a boring wasteland for tv watching.
    I really wish they’d bring back the era of Saturday night comedies like NBC did back in the ’80s with great stuff like Amen, 227, Golden Girls, Empty Nest. Growing up, Saturday was my favorite nite for tv watching.

  • RJC

    “For someone with only basic cable like myself, (and not a football watcher) Saturday is a boring wasteland for tv watching.”

    Yeah. I have wondered from time to time what would happen if one of the networks made an attempt to program Saturday with original shows that people might actually want to watch. SNL is regularly able to get into the low to mid 2’s. I know it’s at 11:30 and it’s live and it has celebrity guests, etc., etc., but still.

  • Joseph

    I expect that during the Fall, college football will be what the broadcast nets will pretty much have on Saturdays in prime-time.

    Don’t be surprised that come next year, all of NBC’s Notre Dame games are in prime-time (and in 2015, NASCAR on those weeks when Notre Dame games aren’t available to NBC), and by 2015, CBS’ SEC games also go prime-time.

    This will mean that most Saturday nights during the Fall will consist of college football on all four major broadcast networks.

    However, I hope that come December, the broadcast nets will try first-run scripted fare on Saturdays. Properly promoted, and with shows that are appealing, I think they actually can keep people home.

  • abc

    At the rate NBC is going with their sitcoms, it really wouldn’t hurt them to at least give a Saturday lineup a try again. Being it was so successful in the 80’s, it may do them well to at least take a chance to see what happens.

  • iSayso

    The Ohio Slo-mos should never be up for Championship consideration.

  • david

    Here in AZ the Mountain West game ended at about 11:30 or so. So alot of the game was after primetime here as well.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ DenverDean

    The Duke/FSU game was tied after the first quarter. GO DUKE!!!

    Beat Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl!

  • 728huey


    I wouldn’t say Ohio State choked so much as they finally faced some stiff competition for the first or second time this season and got shown up. OSU had a pretty easy schedule for much of the season, much to the chagrin of the SEC and PAC-12, but they finally faced a top ten ranked team in the B1G Championship and couldn’t close the deal.

  • JJJJ

    @DryedMangoez, two west coast teams in a west coast conference. Prime time in California makes sense.

    And for the East Coast, it means bars are able to air football until past 1am.

  • Ultima

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

    If the SEC Championship Game had been in primetime, it would have likely drawn LESS viewers than it did during the day. There were more games on in primetime, the only late afternoon competition was Texas/Baylor.

  • Ultima

    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?

    The idea was to have it air in primetime for the majority of the conference’s viewers (8pm MT/7pm PT start), but also to have an exclusive national audience as the FOX and ABC games would end around halftime of the MW Championship Game.

  • Ultima

    I wouldn’t say Ohio State choked so much as they finally faced some stiff competition

    I agree; my comment was made in jest. ;)

    Michigan State is a good football team, really looking forward to the Rose Bowl this year!

  • Edward

    I think the SEC game got roughly 16million.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Sparty! :-) ;-)

  • iSayso


    No, OSU did choke again! MSU played an equally pathetic schedule of pansies as Ohio did, losing to a mediocre ND team. They’re so over-rated and have yet to be tested by any non-midwestern sacrificial lamb.

  • Ultima

    Final numbers for the Big Ten Championship on FOX – 4.5 A18-49 and 13.9 million viewers

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