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[01/19/14 - 10:58 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "20/20" Lead Low Key Evening
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 (1/18/14):

ABC (3.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a low key Saturday with its presentations of "Hancock" (2.703 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "20/20" (4.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

CBS (2.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then claimed the silver with encores of "Mike & Molly" (2.699 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (2.843 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Intelligence" (2.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "48 Hours" (3.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.360 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) with rebroadcasts of "Almost Human" (1.592 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Following" (1.129 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Chicago PD" (2.526 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Chicago PD" (2.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.647 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) rounded out the night on NBC (2.717 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

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

· "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Drake, averaged a 4.7/12 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 2.7/11 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, making it the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters.

· Versus the #2 program on the Big 4 networks last night, "SNL" was rated 74% higher in metered-market households (4.7 vs. 2.7 for ABC's "20/20"). In adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters, "SNL" more than tripled the night's #2 telecast on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox (2.7 vs. 0.8 for "20/20" and an "SNL" encore).


Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/19/13):

FOX (2.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled off a modest victory on Saturday with its mix of a new "Cops" (3.030 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) followed by repeats of "Cops" (3.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (5.120 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with rebroadcasts of "NCIS" (5.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Hawaii Five-0" (4.624 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) plus a new "48 Hours" (5.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up a special "20/20" (4.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) alongside the feature "Blades of Glory" (2.364 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

And finally, NBC (2.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with repeats of "Deception" (1.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Chicago Fire" (2.405 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.228 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

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

* "Saturday Night Live," with host Jennifer Lawrence and musical guest The Lumineers (4.9/12 in metered-market households) dominated its time period. "SNL" 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 2.8 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49. "SNL" 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" matched its highest adult 18-49 rating since November 3 (with a telecast hosted by Louis C.K. with musical guest fun, 3.0).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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