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

Even with the above disclaimer, the numbers for Tigers-Rangers ALCS game one are even more approximate than normal because not only are the numbers not time-zone adjusted, we only saw the data for Fox’s typical primetime broadcast duration (8-10p). During the 8-10p Fox led ABC with adults 18-49 (1.8 to 1.5). Of course the only numbers that matter to Rangers and Tigers fans is the score (Rangers won, 3-2).

The Ohio State-Nebraska Saturday Night Football matchup averaged a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating between 8-11p in non-timezone adjusted numbers.

The only other original programming on the broadcast networks last night was 48 Hours Mystery from 10-11p (‘Amanda Knox: The Untold Story) which averaged a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, October 8, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX MLB ALCS Game 1: Tigers at Rangers 1.7/6 6.12
ABC College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska 1.3/5 4.48
CBS Mike & Molly (R) 1.0/4 3.69
NBC Harry’s Law (R) 0.4/2 2.90
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls (R) 1.1/4 4.00
9:00 FOX MLB ALCS Game 1: Tigers at Rangers 1.8/6 6.29
ABC College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska 1.6/5 4.95
CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 0.9/3 4.15
NBC Harry’s Law (R) 0.5/2 3.50
10:00 ABC College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska 2.0/6 5.95
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.3/4 5.20
NBC Harry’s Law (R) 0.7/2 4.64

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


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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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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