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[09/29/13 - 09:34 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers for Sixth Consecutive Saturday
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 (9/28/13):

ABC (6.359 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the most-watched network for the sixth week in a row thanks to its "College Football: Wisconsin at Ohio State" (6.359 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) coverage.

CBS (4.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with encores of the "The Crazy Ones" (3.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (3.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Hostages" (3.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) premieres alongside the season opener to "48 Hours" (6.006 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.021 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Chicago Fire" (2.298 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "The Blacklist" (3.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, coverage of "College Football: Arizona at Washington" (1.359 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) on FOX (1.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the evening.

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

· "Saturday Night Live," with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire (4.7/12 in metered-market households, 2.7/13 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters) is currently equaling the show's household and 18-49 ratings from the "SNL" season finale on May 18 (with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West), pending updates.

· The 39th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" ranks as the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in both 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters and in metered-market household rating, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks.

· In household rating averages from Nielsen's 56 metered markets, "Saturday Night Live" is currently matching its highest rating since April 6 (4.8 with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Phoenix). In 18-49 ratings from Nielsen's 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" is equaling its highest rating since April 13 (2.8 with host Vince Vaughn and musical guest Miguel).

· "SNL" is currently running within a tenth of a rating point of the year-ago premiere, which ran two weeks earlier on September 15, 2012 (4.8/12 in metered-market households, 2.8/12 in the Local People Meters with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean), pending updates.

· National ratings, including viewer totals, for last night's "Saturday Night Live" are due from Nielsen on Thursday, October 3.


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/29/12):

ABC (4.10 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Wisconsin at Nebraska" (4.10 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

FOX (3.57 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its own "College Football: Texas at Oklahoma St." (3.57 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) coverage.

Next up was CBS (4.22 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Vegas" (4.21 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.64 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) followed by the season premiere of "48 Hours" (4.82 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

And finally, repeats of "Revolution" (2.62 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and a two-hour "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.03 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) on NBC (3.56 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the night.

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Mick Jagger and musical guests Mick Jagger featuring Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters & Jeff Beck (3.6/9 in metered-market households), dominated its time period. This is the highest metered-market rating for an "SNL" rebroadcast since March 24 (with a telecast hosted by Anna Faris with musical guest Drake). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, the "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast averaged a 1.8 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49. The 1.8 matches the high for an "SNL" encore since March 31 (with an edition hosted by Katy Perry with musical guest Robyn).

·"Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the Local People Meters, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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