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[01/27/19 - 08:14 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with NBA Coverage
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 seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/26/19):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

ABC (3.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Saturday with its weekly "NBA Countdown" (2.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (3.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) coverage.

NBC (2.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its telecast of the "NHL All Star Game" (2.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its mix of "FBI" (3.341 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "48 Hours" (3.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and another "48 Hours" (4.847 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

And finally, FOX (1.893 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with its latest installment from "Premier Boxing Champions" (1.893 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

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

· The Jan. 26 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host James McAvoy and musical guest Meek Mill, averaged a 4.1 rating, 10 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.7/9 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· "Saturday Night Live" ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households, topping all primetime shows on those nets, including ABC's primetime Warriors-Celtics NBA Basketball coverage.


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/27/18):

ABC (3.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw last night thanks to "NBA Countdown" (2.527 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (3.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

Second place then went to NBC (3.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with its mix of "Will & Grace" (1.944 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10), "Superstore" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (3.075 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its coverage of "UFC on FOX" (1.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "NCIS" (4.022 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SEAL Team" (3.225 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus a new "48 Hours" (4.064 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) on CBS (3.770 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

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

· The Jan. 27 telecast of "Saturday Night Live" has delivered season-high ratings in metered-market households, as well as adult 18-49 rating in the local people meters.

· With an edition hosted by Will Ferrell and featuring musical guest Chris Stapleton, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 4.9 rating, 11 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.3/11 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· These are the highest "Saturday Night Live" overnights since the 2016-17 season finale on May 20, 2017, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and featuring musical guest Katy Perry, which averaged a 5.3/15 in metered-market households and a 2.6/13 in 18-49 in the local people meters.

· The Jan. 27 "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, ahead of all primetime programming on the broadcast networks, including ABC's Celtics-Warriors NBA coverage.

· The Jan. 27 "SNL" aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in western markets.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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