Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC (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. 

While the first Saturday Night College Football game of the season between LSU and Oregon easily lifted ABC to a win on Saturday night against typically weak competition in both the adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership, we won’t know ABC’s actual ratings until the final ratings are available on Tuesday.

I don’t usually pay much attention to the half hour shifts in viewership, but something about NBC’s Game Time: Tackling the Past movie must have turned viewers off, look at the ratings dive in the 9pm hour. Update: Mystery solved by commenter Mark, the weather delayed Notre Dame/South Florida game aired on NBC until 9pm in the East, so the NBC numbers are an unreliable jumble.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, September 3, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.1 8 6.45
NBC Game Time: Tackling the Past (movie) 0.9 3 3.08
FOX Cops -R 0.7 3 2.42
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.6 2 3.82
8:30PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.4 9 7.04
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.8 3 4.63
NBC Game Time: Tackling the Past (movie) 0.8 3 2.76
FOX Cops -R 0.8 3 2.53
9:00PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.9 10 8.07
CBS CSI: Miami -R 0.7 2 4.86
FOX American Dad -R 0.6 2 1.32
NBC Game Time: Tackling the Past (movie) 0.4 2 1.72
9:30PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.8 10 7.76
CBS CSI: Miami -R 0.7 2 4.930
NBC Game Time: Tackling the Past (movie) 0.5 2 1.84
FOX The Cleveland Show _R 0.5 2 1.31
10:00PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.5 8 6.73
CBS 48 Hours Mystery -R? 0.9 3 4.56
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.5 2 2.48
10:30PM ABC Saturday Night Football (LSU v Oregon) 2.7 9 7.23
CBS 48 Hours Mystery -R? 1.0 3 5.23
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.8 2 2.64

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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