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[11/09/14 - 09:11 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins College Football Showdown
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 (11/8/14):

CBS (8.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) claimed top honors on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Alabama at LSU" (8.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (6.961 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home the silver with its weekly "Saturday Night Football" (6.961 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its own "College Football on FOX" (2.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "The Mysteries of Laura" (2.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Saturday Night Live" (3.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) closed out the evening on NBC (2.744 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Bill Hader and musical guest Hozier averaged a 2.8 rating, 7 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.2/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.

· "Saturday Night Live" scored the highest rating in metered-market households for an "SNL" rebroadcast since April 19 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons, 2.9/7) and equaled the show's top 18-49 rating in the LPMs since that same date (1.4/7).


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/9/13):

CBS (11.546 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) dominated the competition on Saturday with its primetime coverage of "College Football: LSU at Alabama" (11.546 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (3.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with a repeat of "Saturday Night Live" (2.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by "Miss Universe 2013" (3.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its telecast of "College Football: Texas at West Virginia" (2.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, ABC (2.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with "College Football: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh" (2.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

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

·From 9-11 p.m. ET, "Miss Universe 2013" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) ranked #2 in the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54; women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 and total viewers.

·From its first half-hour to its fourth, "Miss Universe 2013" grew by 57% in adults 18-49 (to a 1.1 rating from a 0.7) and 63% or more than 1.8 million persons in total viewers (4.8 million vs. 2.9 million).

·At 8 p.m. ET, a rebroadcast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) finished #2 in the time period among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. The 8 p.m. "SNL" encore earned NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, so far this season.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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