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[06/24/12 - 08:45 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Is Tops With "Saturday Baseball Game of the Week"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, june 23, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (3.80 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Saturday with its coverage of the "Saturday Baseball Game of the Week" (3.80 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

NBC (3.09 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then fell just behind with its mix of "U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Track & Field Finals" (3.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) coverage, a repeat of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (2.40 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "The Firm" (2.14 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (3.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its combination of "Rules of Engagement" (1.75 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "How to Be a Gentleman" (1.56 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.49 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "48 Hours Mystery" (5.40 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

And finally, repeats of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (2.27 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Castle" (3.10 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) on ABC (2.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) closed out the evening.

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

An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Jonah Hill and musical guest The Shins (2.8/7 in metered-market households), dominated its time period. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.3 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49, making it the night's #1 non-sports program in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS and NBC.

[NOTE: Today's numbers are courtesy of TVMediaInsights.com due to delays from our usual sources.]


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/25/11):

A full night of "Cops" (3.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) repeats put FOX (3.56 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) in front on Saturday.

NBC (3.28 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat mix of "Minute to Win It" (2.90 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (3.25 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (3.70 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.67 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with back-to-back episodes of "Chaos" (3.24 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat of "48 Hours Mystery" (4.54 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

And finally, encores of "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" (1.82 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "Expedition Impossible" (1.95 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Rookie Blue" (2.36 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) on ABC (2.04 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the evening.

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

An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live" (3.4/9 in metered-market households), hosted by Elton John with musical guests Elton John and Leon Russell, dominated its time period and delivered the #1 rating of the night ahead of all primetime programs on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.6 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49, making it the #1 telecast of the night ahead of all primetime programs on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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