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[10/14/18 - 08:28 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Cruises to Victory with College Football
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 nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/13/18):

ABC (5.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home top honors on Saturday with its weekly "Saturday Night College Football" (5.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) coverage.

NBC (3.158 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.513 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (3.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Magnum, P.I." (2.406 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus a new "48 Hours" (3.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

And finally, FOX (1.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) rounded out the night with repeats of "9-1-1" (1.376 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a second "9-1-1" (1.619 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

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

· The Oct. 13 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Seth Meyers and musical guest Paul Simon, averaged a 4.4 rating, 10 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research (the Richmond and Greensboro markets are currently excluded) and a 1.5/8 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· "Saturday Night Live" scored as the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households, outrating every Saturday primetime program on those nets.


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/14/17):

ABC (2.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) continued its demo reign on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (2.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (3.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats of "MacGyver" (2.621 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "48 Hours" (3.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was NBC (2.603 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "Will & Grace" (2.048 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Superstore" (2.099 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief" (2.457 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

And finally, rounding out the night was "CFB on FOX" (1.297 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) on FOX (1.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

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

· The Oct. 14 telecast of "Saturday Night Live" has generated season-high metered-market ratings and the show's second-biggest Week 3 household rating in six years, trailing over that span only last year's election-fueled result, according to "live plus same day" local-market results from Nielsen Media Research.

· With a telecast, hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and featuring musical guest Pink, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 4.6 rating, 11 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.2/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

· The Oct. 14 edition aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in western markets. Note that these numbers under-report last night's "SNL" results because they don't include viewership from the show's 11:30 replays in the Western U.S.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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