TV Ratings Saturday: 'WWE Tribute to the Troops' & '48 Hours' Rise

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December 29th, 2013

WWE Tribute to the Troops

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.484 3.971 2.311 1.933

ABC was number one with adults 18-49, while CBS led with total viewers.

On CBS, at 9PM 48 Hours earned a  0.7, matching last week's adults 18-49 rating.  A second episode in its regular 10PM timeslot scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 39 percent from last week's 0.7.

On NBC, WWE Tribute to the Troops scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating up 100 percent from a 0.3 for last year's special which aired on Saturday,  December 22, 2012.

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 28, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC Just Go With It (8-10:30PM) 0.9/3 3.78
CBS Mike & Molly - R 0.6/2 2.67
NBC WWE Tribute to the Trops 0.6/2 2.31
FOX Almost Human - R 0.5/2 2.54
8:30 CBS Mom - R 0.4/1 2.40
9:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.7/2 3.83
NBC The Blacklist - R 0.4/1 1.85
FOX Bones 0.4/1 1.85
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.9/3 5.55
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.8/3 2.86
10:30 ABC Trophy Wife - R 0.6/2 2.07

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


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  • mathew

    wow nothing hit a 1.0!

  • Brandy

    WOW! Given that Mike and Molly, being the only other comedy aired last night, hit the same rating as Trophy Wife, it didn’t repeat too badly especially with bigger competition later on in the night!

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Saturday Night Live is also a comedy and repeated better

  • redlock

    The individual viewership numbers for CBS, NBC and FOX do not add up with the average viewer numbers for CBS, NBC and FOX that are given on the scoreboard.
    Either those averages are wrong or something is not right with the numbers for the individual programs.

  • Joe D

    On NBC, WWE Tribute to the Troops scored a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating up 100 percent from a 0.3 for last year’s special

    Can’t wait for the NBC press release touting the “100%” increase from last year.

  • JoeHamm

    Do you guys think that 0.9 will be enough to keep ABC from cancelling its movie series, or whatever’s left of it?

  • Andy

    The only reason the WWE rating increased from last year is normally the show airs an extended version on the USA Network prior to airing on NBC. This year they didn’t air the extended version so NBC benefited from it.

  • Joseph

    Can’t wait for the cable numbers to get released.

    ESPN’s No-Name Bowls likely swept the night in total viewers and key demographics, beating (and perhaps annihilating) all cable and broadcast competition.

    But in many major markets, I suspect local telecasts of hometown NHL and NBA teams took the night, and perhaps in some cases, dominating local viewing.

  • John A

    Not bad for 48 Hours as both episodes were repeats.

  • jj

    The college bowl games definitely won on espn.

  • Uribe

    Glad the Carrie Diaries was not rerun last night, it would have gotten below a 0.1 share and there would be 8 pages of comments about how great it did.

  • Juan

    I love that ABC is exposing my fav comedy of the fall. It is such a great show and hopefully it comes back strong.

  • AnneishaW

    Bones was a repeat.

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