Saturday overnights: Fox scores a win
December 3, 2012
College football was the big draw on Saturday night, with Fox’s coverage of the second-ever Big 10 championship game lifting the network to an easy victory.
Fox averaged a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating and 5 share in primetime, according to Nielsen overnights, 31 percent ahead of second-place finisher ABC, which drew a 1.3/4 for its coverage of a game between Texas and Kansas State.
CBS was third with a 1.2/4, NBC fourth with a 0.8/3, Univision fifth with a 0.7/2 and Telemundo sixth with a 0.4/1.
As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Forty-six percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
Fox led every hour of the night for Wisconsin’s 70-31 drubbing of Nebraska, which averaged a 1.6 at 8 p.m. CBS was second with a 1.5 for the end of the SEC championship game and start of “Made in Jersey.” ABC placed third with a 1.1 for the start of the Texas-Kansas State contest, NBC was fourth with a 0.7 for the first hour of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Univision was fifth with a 0.6 for the first hour of “Sabado Gigante,” and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.4.
At 9 p.m. Fox retained its lead with a 1.8 for the Big 10 game. ABC was second with a 1.3 for the Big 12 game, followed by CBS in third with a 1.1 for repeat of “Criminal Minds.” NBC’s second hour of “Life” and the second hour of Univision’s “Sabado” tied for fourth with a 0.8, and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.4.
At 10 p.m. Fox led once more with a 1.6, followed by ABC with a 1.5, both for football. CBS’s “48 Hours” was third with a 1.2, NBC’s “Life” was fourth with a 1.0, Univision’s “Sabado” was fifth with a 0.8, and Telemundo was sixth with a 0.5.
CBS led the night among households with a 3.5 rating and 6 share. ABC and NBC tied for second with a 3.0/5 apiece, with NBC fourth at 2.7/5, Univision fifth at 1.1/2, and Telemundo sixth at 0.5/1.
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