November 25, 2012

The Sked: Saturday Ratings — Notre Dame Leads ABC to the Ratings Promised Land

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Last night ABC dominated primetime with a preliminary 4.4 adult 18-49 rating for Notre Dame at USC.  The convincing victory for the Fighting Irish sealed a perfect 12-0 undefeated season and reserved a spot in the national championship game in January.  The game’s rating will go up to around a 5.1 in the official nationals when the west coast viewing of the live telecast is properly counted Tuesday morning, making this the highest-rated regular season college football game by far this fall.

Over on FOX, Stanford at UCLA struggled to a sad 0.5 rating Saturday night in the preliminary fast nationals, destined for a 0.7 or 0.8 in the official nationals in a few days.  That will be enough to beat the 0.5 rating from 8-11 pm on CBS (for a Made in Jersey burned-off original episode, a repeat NCIS and a 48 Hours episode) but not enough to catch NBC’s 0.9 rating for a repeat of the awful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  (It still is utterly baffling why anyone would choose to watch a sub-standard motion picture on television interrupted by more than a dozen commercial breaks — each up to four minutes long.)

Primetime Saturday Sports Ratings Past Several Weeks (Adults 18-49)

Nov 17: ABC Stanford at Oregon 2.8…………FOX Oklahoma at West Virginia 0.9

Nov 10: ABC Notre Dame at Boston College 1.8……..FOX Kansas State at TCU 0.9

Nov 3: CBS Alabama at LSU 4.0……..FOX Oregon at USC 1.5……..ABC Oklahoma State at Kansas State 0.7

Oct 27: ABC Notre Dame at Oklahoma 2.9……….FOX World Series Game 3 2.8

Oct 20: ABC Florida State at Miami OR  Baylor at Texas 1.8……….FOX Kansas State at West Virginia 0.8

Oct 13: ABC NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 1.3………..FOX USC at Washington 0.8

Oct 6: FOX West Virginia at Texas 1.5……..ABC Nebraska at Ohio State 1.5……….NBC Miami at Notre Dame 1.1

On Monday in SKEDBALL we will have a look at the sports ratings from the weekend afternoon time periods during a very busy Thanksgiving weekend.

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.