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[11/03/13 - 10:51 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Gets It Done for ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/2/13):

ABC (8.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Miami at Florida State" (8.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

A distant silver then went to CBS (4.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with repeats of "Mike & Molly" (3.449 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Mike & Molly" (3.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (4.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and a new "48 Hours" (6.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.428 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its telecast of "College Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech" (2.428 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

And finally, NBC (2.148 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with the primetime portion of the "2013 Breeders' Cup" (2.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) followed by repeats of "The Blacklist" (1.912 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.354 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· "Saturday Night Live," with host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem averaged a 4.9/12 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 2.6/12 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. "SNL" was the #1 non-sports telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and in the Local People Meters, topping all primetime entertainment programming on those networks last night.

· "Saturday Night Live" delivered its highest rating in metered-market households since March 9 (5.9/15 with host and musical guest Justin Timberlake). In the Local People Meters, the 2.6 in adults 18-49 is "SNL's" highest rating since Oct. 5 (2.7/14 with host and musical guest Miley Cyrus).


Here are the highlights of the five ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/3/12):

CBS (10.42 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its special primetime coverage of "College Football: Alabama at LSU" (10.42 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

FOX (3.19 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home a distant second place with its telecast of "College Football: Oregon at USC" (3.19 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.93 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) offered up its coverage of "College Football: Oklahoma State at Kansas State" (2.93 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, NBC (2.61 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its broadcast of "2012 Breeders' Cup" (2.79 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by the feature "Rudy" (2.53 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* "Saturday Night Live," with host Louis C.K. and musical guest fun, averaged a 5.0/12 in metered-market households, matching the show's second-highest overnights so far this season.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 3.0 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49, scoring "SNL's" top rating in the Local People Meters since September 22 (with an episode hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with musical guest Mumford & Sons) and matching the show's top LPM result since May 12 (with a telecast hosted by Will Ferrell with musical guest Usher).

* In the Local People Meters, "SNL" was the #1 show of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, topping all primetime programs on those networks.

* Versus the same night last year, "SNL" was up 2 percent in metered-market households (5.0 vs. 4.9) and up 7 percent in the Local People Meters (3.0 vs. 2.8).

* In national ratings so far this season, original telecasts of "Saturday Night Live" are up versus one year ago by 7 percent in 18-49 rating (with a 3.1 vs. a 2.9, "most current") and up 5 percent in total viewers (7.8 million vs. 7.5 million).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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