Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, September 1, 2018

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. College Football (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 2.0/11 6.77
College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.2/6 4.66
Pink Collar Crimes (CBS) 0.3/1 2.24
College Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 0.3/1 1.19
9 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.3/1 2.55
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.3/1 2.67


College football dominated the Saturday night primetime ratings this week, taking up the entire night for three of the Big 4 networks.

NBC’s coverage of the Michigan vs Notre Dame NCAA football game led the night with a 2.0 average rating in adults 18-49 across its 3-hour run time, with 6.77 million viewers. ABC’s coverage of the Louisville vs Alabama game came in second with a 1.2 average, while FOX’s Akron vs Nebraska coverage raked in a much lower 0.3 and 1.19 million viewers.

CBS, meanwhile, kicked off its night with a new episode of “Pink Collar Crimes,” which scored a 0.3 – in line with its previous few episodes. Back-to-back installments of “48 Hours” rounded out the night on the network with matching 0.3s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.0/11 1.2/6 0.3/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.77 4.66 2.49 1.19



Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
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. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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