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[06/21/15 - 08:29 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Takes Top Spot with U.S. Open
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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (6/20/15):

FOX (4.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled into the top spot on Saturday with its primetime coverage of the "115th U.S. Open Championship" (4.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

NBC (2.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second place with a repeat of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (1.877 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a new installment of "Premier Boxing Champions" (2.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "Scorpion" (2.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and "48 Hours" (3.985 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3).

And finally, encores of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (1.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7) and "In an Instant" (2.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) on ABC (2.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) closed out the evening.

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Blake Shelton, averaged a 2.7 rating, 7 share in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 1.1/6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters (note that the Washington, D.C., and Richmond markets are delayed).

· "Saturday Night Live" scored its highest results in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the Local People Meters since May 30 (with host Cameron Diaz and musical guest Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, 2.8/7 in metered-market households, 1.3/6 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters).

· Versus the same night last year, the "SNL" rebroadcast is up +13% in metered-market households (2.7 vs. 2.4) and up +22% in 18-49 in the Local People Meters (1.1 vs. 0.9).

· Note that "SNL" adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with originals this season growing by an average of +44% going from "live plus same day ratings" to "live plus seven day" in adults 18-49 (from a 1.84 rating to a 2.65).


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/21/14):

CBS (4.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday despite an all-repeat linupe of "Blue Bloods" (2.970 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9), "48 Hours" (4.228 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and a second "48 Hours" (5.259 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

NBC (2.688 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Crisis" (2.735 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), the finale to "Crisis" (3.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat of "The Blacklist" (2.290 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its weekly presentation of "Baseball Night in America" (2.134 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, ABC (1.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with originals from "Bet on Your Baby" (1.787 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Assets" (1.202 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Nightline Prime" (2.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Seth Rogen and musical guest Ed Sheeran, averaged a 2.4/6 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.9/5 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 18-49 in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime programs on those networks in 18-49.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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