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Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, October 18, 2008

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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 6.15 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.3/4 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.9/7 HH rating [#1]
    • 6.22M viewers [#1]
    • 2.1/7 A18-49 [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of Criminal Minds (5.97M viewers, 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of CSI: NY (6.26M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: 48 Hours Mystery (6.40M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (CBS College Football: LSU at Florida7-11:41pm):
      • Households – 3.8/7
      • Viewers – 5.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.0/7

FOX followed in second place for the evening with 5.14 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/6 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.3/6 HH rating [#3]
    • 5.27M viewers [#3]
    • 1.8/6 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Four back-to-back repeats of Cops (5.14M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Cops – 8pm):
      • Households – 2.9/5
      • Viewers – 4.68M
      • Adults 18-49 -1.6/5
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Most Wanted – 9pm):
      • Households – 3.4/6
      • Viewers – 5.43M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6

ABC finished in third place for the evening with 4.87 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating/share.

  • Last Week:
    • 3.8/7 HH rating [#2]
    • 5.95M viewers [#2]
    • 1.8/6 A18-49 rating [#t2]
  • Note: Due to the live sporting event, the following numbers, for ABC only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 8:07-11:24 p.m:  ABC Saturday Night College Football: Missouri at Texas (3.1/6 HH rating/share, 4.97M viewers, 1.7/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (ABC Saturday Night College Football: Ohio State at Wisconsin/Oregon at USC – 10/4/2008 – 8:07-11:22pm):
      • Households – 4.2/8 to 3.1/6
      • Viewers – 6.74M to 4.97M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 1.7/6
    • Last week’s numbers (NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup in Concord, North Carolina – 7-11:40pm):
      • Households – 3.8/7
      • Viewers – 6.03M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with 3.22 million viewers and a 0.8/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.2/4 HH rating [#4]
    • 3.13M viewers [#4]
    • 0.9/3 A18-49 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The time period premiere of America’s Toughest Jobs (2.49M viewers, 0.7/2 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (FRI: 10/10/2008):
      • Households – 2.4/4 to x.x/x
      • Viewers – 3.97M to 2.49M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.2/4 to 0.7/2
    • Last week’s numbers (Macy’s Passport Celebrity Catwalk Challenge):
      • Households – 1.4/3
      • Viewers – 1.98M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.5/2
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of My Own Worst Enemy (2.44M viewers, 0.6/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: And that was followed by a repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (4.73M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

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 “CBS College Football: LSU at Florida” will be reported in next weeks report for Saturday, October 25, 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.

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