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[09/14/14 - 09:13 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC 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 (9/13/14):

ABC (3.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back in front last night with its "Saturday Night Football" (3.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) coverage.

CBS (4.380 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "College Football Overrun/Reckless" (6.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), the season finale of "Reckless" (3.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat of "48 Hours" (3.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its presentation of "College Football: Purdue vs Norte Dame" (3.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

And finally, FOX (2.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with its "College Football on FOX" (2.225 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire, is currently reporting a 2.7/7 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 1.2/6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, pending updates.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/14/13):

ABC (4.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the most-watched network for the fourth Saturday in a row thanks to its coverage of "College Football: Notre Dame at Purdue" (4.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

The silver then went to FOX (3.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its own telecast of "College Football: Ohio State at Cal" (3.133 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mike & Molly" (3.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (3.393 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Under the Dome" (3.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "48 Hours" (4.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, night six of "Million Second Quiz" (3.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.710 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) on NBC (2.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) closed out the night.

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Justin Timberlake (3.1/8 in metered-market households, 1.4/7 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters) generated "SNL's" top household and 18-49 results in the local markets in 14 weeks (since June 8, with a rebroadcast hosted by Vince Vaughn with musical guest Miguel, the night of an NHL overrun).

·"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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