Saturday Viewers Favor FOX, CBS

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Fast National ratings for Saturday, April 8, 2006.

Viewers found their ways to CBS' crime procedurals on Saturday night but, as usual, the younger audience preferred FOX's true crime sagas.

Overall, CBS averaged a 5.0 rating/9 share, comfortably ahead of the 4.1/8 for second place NBC. FOX was a close third with a 3.8/7 (and more average viewers than NBC), well in front of ABC's fourth place 2.4/5.

FOX came out on top among adults 18-49, doing a 2.3 rating in the demographic the advertisers most desire. CBS was second in the demo with a 1.8 rating. NBC's 1.6 rating and the 1.5 rating for ABC lagged behind.

NBC actually started the night off in first, as "Dateline" delivered a 4.9/10 for the 8 p.m. hour. CBS was second with a repeat of "Without a Trace." Third place went to FOX with a 3.3/7 average for two episodes of "COPS." ABC trailed with the first hour of the Tom Cruise feature "Minority Report," which had a 2.2/4.

CBS moved into first place at 9 p.m. with a solid 5.4/10 for a repeat of "Criminal Minds." FOX's "America's Most Wanted" was second with a 4.3/8. NBC finished third with the 2.9/5 for "Conviction." ABC's movie trailed.

At 10 p.m., CBS got a 5.7/11 for "48 Hours Mystery." NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" repeat was second with a 4.5/9. The conclusion of "Minority Report" on ABC was last.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.
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