Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Note: Live sports coverage on ABC, FOX and NBC 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.) 2.5/11 8.22
College Football (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.2/5 4.30
FOX College Football Extra (FOX) 0.8/4 2.54
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.79
8:30 p.m. FOX College Football (FOX) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.74
9 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.98
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.14


ABC’s “Saturday Night College Football” didn’t reach the ratings heights of last week’s season opener, but it still up very solid ratings for the network.

The game between Oklahoma and Ohio State, both ranked in the top 5, drew a 2.5 rating and 8.22 million viewers, pending updates for the live broadcast. (Last week’s preliminary numbers were 3.8 and 12 million.) It was by far the top-rated among the three primetime games on broadcast networks Saturday.

NBC’s coverage of Georgia-Notre Dame delivered a 1.2 and 4.3 million viewers, pending updates. FOX’s West Coast game between Stanford and USC came in at 0.5 and 1.74 million, pending updates.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.5/11 1.2/5 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 8.22 4.30 1.87 2.97



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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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