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[12/22/13 - 03:22 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Repeats in Demos, CBS in Viewers
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 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/21/13):

NBC (2.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) lead the repeat wars on Saturday with its encore lineup of "The Sing-Off" (2.289 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Saturday Night Live" (3.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

CBS (3.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its second run lineup of "Two and a Half Men" (3.023 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "Two and a Half Men" (3.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (3.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "48 Hours" (4.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (3.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.677 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Castle" (3.392 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Almost Human" (1.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Bones" (1.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) on FOX (1.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

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

· "Saturday Night Live," with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake, averaged a 6.3/16 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 3.9/18 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, making it the top-rated "SNL" in both categories in nearly two years, since the Jan. 7. 2012 edition hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson (7.0/18 in metered-market households, 4.1 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters), which benefited from a primetime NFL overrun.

· Excluding nights of NFL overruns, it's the top "Saturday Night Live" in both categories since the season finale on May 21, 2011, hosted by Justin Timberlake and featuring musical guest Lady Gaga (7.0/17 in metered-market households, 4.5 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters).

· It's the top-rated "Saturday Night Live" Christmas edition in nine years in metered-market households, since the Dec. 18, 2004 telecast hosted by Robert De Niro with musical guest Destiny's Child (6.6/16) and the top Christmas show in the Local People Meters in the six years NBC has tracked that measure (excludes primetime Christmas specials).

· Last night's results top prior Christmas editions hosted by both Jimmy Fallon (Dec. 17, 2011, 5.3/13 in metered-market households, 3.0 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters) and Justin Timberlake (Dec. 16, 2006, 5.5/13 in metered-market households).

· The Dec. 21 "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in both metered-market households and 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, topping all primetime programming on those networks in both categories.


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/22/12):

ABC (3.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top draw on Saturday with its rebroadcasts of "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.29 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "A Chipmunk Christmas" (2.83 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "CMA Country Christmas" (3.94 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

FOX (2.52 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared the demo crown with a new "Cops" (3.16 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) alongside repeats of "Cops" (3.16 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.89 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its combination of "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol" (2.02 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "WWE Tribute to the Troops" (1.31 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and a primetime "Saturday Night Live" (2.68 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

And finally, CBS (3.29 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with originals from "Made in Jersey" (2.47 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Made in Jersey" (2.98 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat of "48 Hours" (4.44 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

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

* An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Bruno Mars (3.6/9 in metered-market households) dominated its time period. The "SNL" rebroadcast scored the #1 rating of the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in metered-market households, topping all primetime telecasts on those networks.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.9 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49. The "SNL" encore delivered the top rating of the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the Local People Meters, out-rating all primetime programming on those networks.

* In the Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" delivered its highest 18-49 rating for a rebroadcast since October 27 (with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean, 2.0) and matched its second-highest LPM rating since February 25 (with host Charlie Day and musical guest Maroon 5, 2.3).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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