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[08/07/16 - 09:47 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: Olympic Games Top Charts for NBC
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 (8/6/16):

NBC (19.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) towered over the competition on Saturday with its "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (19.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) coverage.

CBS (2.016 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was a distant second with its mix of "Rush Hour" (1.698 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and repeats of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (1.726 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and "48 Hours" (2.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2).

Next up was ABC (1.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with second runs of "Last Man Standing" (1.588 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6), "Dr. Ken" (1.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and "In an Instant" (1.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) plus a new "Boston EMS" (1.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

And finally, FOX (0.581 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) closed out the evening with repeats of "Wayward Pines" (0.604 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and another "Wayward Pines" (0.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10).

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

Late-night metered market ratings will return following the Olympics.


Here are the highlights of the 11 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/8/15):

CBS (4.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed the top spot on Saturday with its repeat lineup of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "48 Hours" (4.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and another "48 Hours" (5.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

ABC (2.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bachelor in Paradise" (1.199 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a new "Boston EMS" (2.182 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and encores of "Bullseye" (1.153 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Home Free" (1.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a repeat "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (1.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) as well as originals from "Aquarius" (1.275 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Hannibal" (1.074 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) on NBC (1.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #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 Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea, averaged a 2.2 rating, 6 share in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.8/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, matching the show's results for the prior two weeks in both measures.

· "SNL" was the #1 program of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the Local People Meters, beating all the night's primetime programming on those networks.

· 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).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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