Due to the nature of live coast-to-coast programming the ratings for ABC  & Fox (College Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Not much to say about last night’s numbers beyond the disclaimer in red above.  We’ll have to wait for the finals, but in the preliminary numbers Fox is poised to best ABC both with adults 18-49 and total viewers. If you see slightly lower numbers reported for Fox elsewhere that’s because they’re reporting the 8-10p numbers, Fox’s normal broadcast window. But because the game aired throughout primetime (8-11p) I’ve included the numbers for 8-11p.

Update: CBS’s lineup was delayed by 25 minutes in the eastern and central time zones due to post-game coverage of the SEC championship, so expect bigger than normal adjustments for CBS’s lineup.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, December 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Big Ten Football Championship: Wisconsin at Michigan St (8-11p) 2.2/6 7.08
CBS SEC Postgame/The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.9/6 6.26
ABC Big 12 Football  Oklahoma at Oklahoma St (8-11p) 1.8/5 5.78
NBC Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (R) (8-11p) 1.1/3 4.46
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R)/How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.3/4 4.02
9:00 CBS How I Met Your Mother (R)/48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.1/3 4.03
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R)/48 Hours Mystery 1.3/4 5.18

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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