October 2, 2011

The Sked: SATURDAY RATINGS October 1

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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College football between nationally-ranked teams was the only attraction on network TV Saturday night.  CBS was #1 with a 2.7 rating for Alabama (#3 ranking) at Florida (#12), from the popular SEC conference.  ABC was #2 with a 1.8 rating for Nebraska (#8) at Wisconsin (#7).  FOX replaced its sagging Cops franchise, repeating Terra Nova’s two-hour premiere for a 0.9 rating, while NBC registered a 0.7 rating with repeats of Harry’s Law, Prime Suspect and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The football ratings are subject to adjustment as they do not reflect the live feed pattern of sports.  In the Pacific and Mountain time zones (about 25% of the country), the football ratings above reflect what was on CBS and ABC at 8 pm Pacific time.  The final national ratings will correct the western US to reflect the games, which started at 5 pm PT.

Season to date (the first 13 nights of the season), FOX (3.11 rating) and CBS (3.09) are in a virtual tie, while ABC (2.60) and NBC (2.15) trail badly.  

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.