Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Note: Live sports coverage on ABC and FOX will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Saturday Night College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.6/7 5.1
FOX College Football Pre-Game (FOX) 0.9/4 3.11
Dateline (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 3.81
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.88
8:30 p.m. FOX College Football (FOX) (8:30-11 p.m.) 1.2/5 4.19
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.02
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/2 3.79
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC) 0.4/2 2.16


For the third week in a row, “Saturday Night College Football” elevated ABC to the top in the Saturday ratings. The network’s broadcast of the Clemson vs Louisville game scored an average 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.10 million total viewers. This was lower than the 2.5 that the Oklahoma vs Ohio State game scored last week.

Meanwhile, FOX’s coverage of the Texas vs USC game gave the network a 1.2 average rating, spread throughout it’s 2 and a half hour long broadcast. The network’s pre-game special raked in an additional 0.9.

On NBC, “Dateline” grabbed an average 0.5 rating for itself, while “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” which featured a guest appearance from Vanessa Hudgens, scored a 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 1.2/5 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.10 3.92 3.26 3.23



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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