TV Ratings Saturday: FOX’s college football leads a three-game night


Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Note: Live college football on ABC, FOX and NBC will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. College Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 1.7/7 5.21
College Football (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.4/6 4.80
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.34
Saturday Night College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 2.19
9 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.34
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.33


Three of the Big 4 networks aired college football in primetime Saturday, with FOX’s broadcast of Ohio State at Oklaoma coming out on top. The network scored a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in primetime, pending updates.

NBC came in second with Michigan State-Notre Dame (1.4), while ABC’s USC-Stanford telecast (0.6) trailed and was well below the network’s college football numbers from the past two weeks.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 1.4/6 0.7/3 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 5.21 4.80 3.67 2.19


: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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