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

HUGE! No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Alabama in overtime and while the game was close, last night’s ratings were no contest. CBS won in a landslide  In addition to the numbers below not being time zone adjusted, they are only for the 8p-11p portion of coverage and a some of the fourth quarter and all of the overtime ran past 11pm on the east coast. We’ll need to wait for the final numbers, but we don’t need to wait to know that the final numbers will be very big and CBS will win the night easily.

In terms of metered-market household ratings, it was the second highest rated regular season game on CBS in 24 years.

ABC was in second for the night but it was far away in CBS’s rear view mirror with Saturday Night Football that was a national split between Kanasas State at Oklahoma State and Notre Dame at Wake Forest.

Fox aired two new episodes of Cops that drew 1.1 and 1.3 adults 18-49 rating

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, November 5, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS LSU vs. Alabama 6.1/19 17.35
FOX Cops 1.1/4 3.38
ABC Saturday Night Football 0.6/2 2.34
NBC Harry’s Law (R) 0.5/2 2.62
8:30 FOX Cops 1.3/4 3.87
9:00 CBS LSU vs. Alabama 6.3/18 17.87
ABC Saturday Night Football 0.9/3 2.93
NBC Prime Suspect (R) 0.6/2 4.03
FOX Terra Nova (R) 0.6/2 1.91
10:00 CBS LSU vs. Alabama 7.0/19 18.86
ABC Saturday Night Football 1.0/3 3.10
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 0.9/3 4.71

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


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