TV Ratings Saturday: 'UFC on FOX' Wins Night, '48 Hours' Beats '20/20', Low Score for 'Shaun White: Going for the Gold'

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January 26th, 2014

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Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.546 4.629 2.222 2.651

FOX was number one with adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On FOX, UFC: Henderson vs, Thomson garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 10 percent from a 1.0 for FOX' most recent UFC bout on December 15.

On NBC, the special Shaun White: Russia Calling earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours scored a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating up 50 percent from last week's 0.5.

On ABC, a Saturday edition of 20/20 notched a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating down 33 percent from last Saturday's 0.9.

Broadcast primetime ratings for January 25, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX UFC: Henderson vs. Thomson (8-10PM) 1.1/3 2.55
CBS Mike & Molly - R 0.6/2 3.36
ABC Flushed Away (8-10PM) 0.5/2 2.21
NBC Shaun White: Russia Calling 0.4/1 2.15
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 0.7/2 3.60
9:00 CBS NCIS - R 0.8/2 5.16
NBC The Blacklist - R 0.4/1 1.85
10:00 NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.9/3 2.67
CBS 48 Hours 0.8/3 5.24
ABC 20/20 0.6/2 3.53

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • Shepherd

    “48 Hours” was up 60% if it went from 0.5 to 0.8.

  • CBSviewer

    An NCIS repeat tied 48 Hours.

  • Rebooted

    I believe The Blacklist was on from 9-10 on NBC last night.

  • Mathew

    Why aren’t the modern family repeats from 9-10 on here?

  • christian

    Maybe rounding is taken into account? It could very well have gone from 0.52 to 0.78 (rounded to 0.5 to 0.8)

  • John A

    Thats still so low for 48 Hours? Do i need to worry about it being cancelled?

  • Fred

    @John A

    Newsmagazines are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
    Low cost programing like 48 hours and 20/20 are too profitable to cancel .
    A 0.8 at 10:00 Saturday is not awful .
    Some expensive scripted shows that air during higher rated nights barely achieve a 0.8.

  • jay

    Ok so I gave the UFC a chance. It was terrible. Nothing but a hugfest. Never watching that crap again. I’m sure that’s what most of the fights are like. So people just watch to see vicious knockouts but they have to sit through 2 guys hugging on the ground most of the time.

  • Androme


    speak for yourself.
    What you see as “hugging on the ground” is what everyone else sees as “fighting the other guy”.

  • Joseph

    I thought the Shaun White special would do a little better, given that the Winter Olympics are coming.

    Or was it that the demographic most likely to watch was out last night (January 25th)??

  • Joseph

    I suspect that in Los Angeles, the broadcast networks were annihilated in the ratings by an outdoor NHL game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks played at Dodger Stadium what was on NBCSN (formerly Versus), which began at 7:05 P.M. Pacific time.

    I would think it was the most-watched regular-season hockey telecast ever in the Los Angeles market.

  • Joseph

    Tonight’s (January 25th) Grammy Awards may be the lowest-rated Grammys in years, if not ever.

    Although it’s a “some stars” game (players from Denver and Seattle won’t be in it; neither will a handful of other top NFL stars), the NFL Pro Bowl on NBC could beat out the Grammys (not to mention everything else) in the ratings.

  • JoeHamm

    That 0.5 for Flushed Away has gotta be the last straw for ABC. I ask you guys, how much longer must it be until their Movie of the Week program is officially cancelled?

  • jay


    the pro bowl will not beat the grammy’s. Better check the average grammy rating vs the average pro bowl. The grammy’s should win easily. The pro bowl is basically flag football. Players don’t play hard and they don’t really make tackles. I don’t blame them at all. Who wants to injure themselves or others while on vacation in Hawaii.

  • jay


    looks like dry humping to me. But hey whatever makes you happy. Lol


    With the lineups the Nets threw at the masses last night, it’s no wonder that hitting the DVR’s & OnDemand to catch up has become the norm & in my case, “The Essentials” on TCM.

  • Ultima

    Tonight’s (January 25th) Grammy Awards may be the lowest-rated Grammys in years, if not ever.

    Although it’s a “some stars” game (players from Denver and Seattle won’t be in it; neither will a handful of other top NFL stars), the NFL Pro Bowl on NBC could beat out the Grammys (not to mention everything else) in the ratings.


    The last time the Pro Bowl and the Grammy Awards aired head-to-head was in 2010.

    The Pro Bowl aired on ESPN, in primetime, and pulled in 12.30 million viewers (last year’s game on NBC drew 12.16 million). Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards drew 25.87 million viewers and a 9.9 A18-49 rating, both well above the all-time lows.

    This is just another one of your ridiculous fantasy predictions, based on absolutely nothing because you’ve obviously never looked at ratings before in your life.

  • 728huey

    The Grammys will beat the Pro Bowl easily tonight, but they may be down somewhat significantly from last year since there are no breakout superstars nominated for multiple awards (multiple being 4+) like there were in past years like Taylor Swift and Adele. Granted, Jay-Z has nine nominations, but most of America is not into hip-hop, and even hip-hop fans think his latest album was just mediocre at best. Justin Timberlake got seven nominations, but most of the bigger nominations went to relatively new artists like Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Kendrick Lamar. Bigger stars like Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift only got a few nominations apiece, and Miley Cyrus was shut out, so that may dissuade younger viewers from tuning in.

  • thatguy


    Lmao I don’t think you know anything about america. The hip hop culture has taken over the country. I don’t know why you would say something like that. I understand if YOU don’t like hip hop but pay attention to what’s going on dude. The hip hop culture is america for this generation.

  • 728huey


    I do like hip-hop, but hip-hop peaked on the Billboard charts in 2003-2004 and has gone steadily downhill in sales ever since. Granted, most music went down during that period, but pop and country music started becoming very popular again by 2008 and has been rising ever since. The same can’t be said for hip-hop and R&B, as sales in those genres are still declining, mostly due to rather generic music. Everything is cyclical in music, and I seriously hope hip-hop and R&B can rise back to the forefront of pop music, but it will need a makeover and some fresh faces to do that. I applaud artists like Miguel, Frank Ocean, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar for taking those genres in a fresh direction, but we need more artists like them.

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