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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, September 27, 2008

Note: Due to the unavailability of the fast nationals last week, “Last Week” numbers in this week’s report are based on the final national numbers.

Additionally, household rating/share numbers were not available for this evening.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with 6.03 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.3/4 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.2/6 HH rating [#2]
    • 4.69M viewers [#2]
    • 1.0/3 A18-49 [#3]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: Miami (4.56M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Criminal Minds (6.27M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share) ended the evening for CBS.
  • 10:00 p.m.: And the season premiere of 48 Hours Mystery (7.27M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share) ended the evening for CBS.

ABC followed in second place for the evening with 5.52 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.9/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.6/5 HH rating [#3]
    • 3.90M viewers [#3]
    • 1.3/5 A18-49 rating [#2]
  • Note: Due to the live sporting event, the following numbers, for ABC only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 8:07-11:29 p.m:  ABC Saturday Night College Football:  Illinois at Penn St./Virginia Tech at Nebraska (3.6/7 HH rating/share, 5.82M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (ABC Saturday Night College Football:  Arizona State at Georgia – 8:06-11:33pm):
      • Households – 2.7/5 to 3.6/7
      • Viewers – 4.04M to 5.82M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5 to 2.0/7

FOX finished in third place for the evening with 4.85 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.3/6 HH rating [#1]
    • 5.13M viewers [#1]
    • 1.7/6 A18-49 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back episodes (an original and a repeat) of Cops (4.77M viewers, 1.7/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Cops – 8pm):
      • Households – 2.9/6
      • Viewers – 4.56M
      • Adults 18-49 -1.5/6
    • Last week’s numbers (Cops-REPEAT8:30pm):
      • Households – 3.3/6
      • Viewers – 5.41M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Most Wanted (4.93M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.4/6 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 5.27M to 4.93M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.7/6 to 1.7/5

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with 3.15 million viewers and a 0.9/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.4/5 HH rating [#4]
    • 3.55M viewers [#4]
    • 0.9/3 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of the two-hour Heroes season-opener (2.35M viewers, 0.7/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: And that was followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (4.76M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating/share).


Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonight’s episode of “America’s Most Wanted” will be reported in next weeks report for Saturday, October 4, 2008.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.