With no football and only four new episodes on broadcast it was a much sleepier Saturday night than in recent weeks as ABC and NBC tied on top the adults 18-49 ratings for the night.

The two new (as opposed to the typical new/repeat combo) episodes of Cops drew a 1.3 and 1.5 adults 18-49 ratings, vs. a 1.5 rating for the single new episode last week. They were the top rated shows on the night.

The two new episodes of 48 Hours Mystery at 9 and 10 (as opposed to the typical one at 10pm) drew a 0.8 and 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.0 rating two weeks ago at 10pm.

Note that the repeat of Betty White’s 90th birthday was a single 90 minute show, but its 90 minute ratings are not available to us today, so the individual half hours are listed.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, January 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops 1.3 4 3.72
ABC Over the Hedge (movie, 8-10p) 1.1 3 3.44
NBC Betty White’s 90th Birthday -R 0.9 3 4.30
CBS NCIS: LA -R 0.5 2 3.82
8:30PM FOX Cops 1.5 5 4.37
NBC Betty White’s 90th Birthday -R 1.0 3 4.95
9:00PM NBC Betty White’s 90th Birthday -R 1.1 3 5.40
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.8 2 4.22
FOX Terra Nova -R 0.4 1 1.38
9:30PM NBC Betty White’s Off Their Rockers -R 1.2 3 4.78
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.1 3 5.29
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.9 3 3.47
ABC Castle -R 0.8 2 3.61

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