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[09/07/14 - 08:54 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Wins the College Football Race
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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/6/14):

FOX (4.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Saturday with its presentation of "College Football on FOX" (4.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

NBC (4.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with its coverage of "College Football: Michigan at Norte Dame" (4.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

Next up was ABC (4.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its primetime presentation of "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond" (4.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

And finally, repeats of "Person of Interest" (2.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #6), "48 Hours" (3.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and another "48 Hours" (3.986 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) on CBS (3.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Louis C.K. and musical guest Sam Smith, averaged a 2.4/6 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets (Detroit currently excluded) and a 0.9/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. "SNL" earned its top rating in metered-market households in three weeks (since Aug. 16, with host Anna Kendrick and musical guest Pharrell, 2.5/7).


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/7/13):

ABC (4.982 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Saturday with its coverage of the "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series" (4.982 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

FOX (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared the silver with the opener to its primetime "College Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma" (3.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) coverage.

Next up was CBS (3.713 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.281 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "48 Hours" (3.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and another "48 Hours" (4.944 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

And finally, NBC (1.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.881 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and the series finale of "Do No Harm" (1.536 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Bruno Mars, averaged a 2.5/6 in metered-market households. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.2 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49. These are "SNL's" top household and 18-49 results in the local markets in four weeks (since August 10, with a rebroadcast hosted by Adam Levine with musical guest Kendrick Lamar).

·"SNL" posted the top rating of the night among CBS, NBC and Fox in the Local People Meters, out-rating all primetime programming on those networks.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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