CBS won the night in terms of total viewers with crime reruns and 48 Hours Mystery, but lost whatever Saturday night ratings mojo it had last week. FOX won the night with adults 18-49 with its battle-scarred veteran combo of Cops and America’s Most Wanted.

In terms of overall audience, a two hour repeat of Dancing with the Stars more than doubled a two hour repeat of Celebrity Apprentice.  But as a consolation prize, in the battle of the Saturday night also rans, a repeat of Law & Order did 33% better among adults 18-49 than a rerun of the pilot for Castle.

For the four of you who are curious enough to actually want to see past Saturday night overnight ratings, have at it!

Full details:

Time Network Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share
8:00 FOX Cops 5.47 1.8/7
CBS NCIS (R) 5.03 1.0/4
ABC Dancing With the Stars (R) 8p-10p 5.01 1.1/4
NBC Celebrity Apprentice (R) 8p-10p 2.43 0.8/2
9:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 7.24 1.2/4
FOX America’s Most Wanted 5.28 1.8/6
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 7.05 1.4/4
NBC Law & Order (R) 4.59 1.2/4
ABC Castle (R) 3.69 0.9/3

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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