As is typical with most Saturday nights not involving a sporting event, FOX’s crusty battle-scarred Saturday night lineup of Cops and America’s Most Wanted took top honors.

CBS’s The Bridge and NBC’s recently relocated Persons Unknown seemingly tried to outdo each other when it came to honors for being the worst. Even there, there was not a clear cut winner (or loser, depending on your point of view). 

The Bridge was worst when it came to adults 18-49, but Person’s Unknown was the least-watched broadcast network program of the night.

In a (very) minor victory for scripted content, ABC newcomer  Rookie Blue, and NBC veteran Law & Order: Criminal Intent repeated well, at least relative to original episodes of The Bridge and Persons Unknown.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for “scripted Saturdays.”

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, July 17, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Cops (Original & Repeat) 1.3/6 4.00
ABC Wipeout (R) 1.0/5 3.59
NBC Persons Unwatched Unknown 0.5/2 1.69
CBS The Bridge 0.3/2 2.88
9:00 FOX America’s Most Wanted 1.3/5 4.25
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.7/3 2.56
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.6/2 2.96
CBS CSI (R) ? 3.38
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery (R) 1.1/4 5.15
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.8/3 3.81
ABC Rookie Blue (R) 0.6/2 2.38

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.

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