CBS and FOX Celebrate Saturday Success

Fast National ratings for Saturday, April 29, 2006.

The Saturday ratings pattern is somewhat set in stone (barring the presence of a live sporting event to stir things up): Young viewers watch FOX's true-crime shows, while older viewers tune in to CBS' crime drama repeats. This week was no exception.

Overall, CBS averaged a 5.1 rating/10 share to win the night. NBC's 4.3/8 and FOX's 4.0/7 followed fairly closely. ABC dedicated its entire evening to the film "Pearl Harbor" and finished fourth with a 3.2/6.

Among adults 18-49, though, FOX averaged a 2.5 rating, giving the network a win in the demographic it values most. CBS stuck around in second with a 1.9 rating, leaving NBC (1.7 rating) and ABC (1.6 rating) to battle for fourth.

CBS' evening sweep began at 8 p.m. with the 4.7/9 for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." NBC's "Dateline" was second with a 4.2/8, better than the 3.6/7 for two episodes of "COPS" on FOX. The first hour of ABC's "Pearl Harbor" was last.

At 9 p.m. CBS aired an old "Criminal Minds" to a 5.2/10, the best for the hour. FOX moved up to second for the hour with a 4.3/8 for "America's Most Wanted." NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was third, followed by "Pearl Harbor," which had a 3.4/6 in its second hour.

Thanks to the 5.6/11 for "48 Hours Mystery," CBS closed strong. NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" was second with a 4.8/9 for the 9 p.m. hour. ABC again trailed with "Pearl Harbor."

  • 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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