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[12/23/12 - 09:35 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "CMA Country Christmas" Encore Powers ABC Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, december 22, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (3.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top draw on Saturday with its rebroadcasts of "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.29 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "A Chipmunk Christmas" (2.83 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "CMA Country Christmas" (3.94 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

FOX (2.52 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared the demo crown with a new "Cops" (3.16 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) alongside repeats of "Cops" (3.16 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Kitchen Nightmares" (1.89 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its combination of "Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol" (2.02 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "WWE Tribute to the Troops" (1.31 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and a primetime "Saturday Night Live" (2.68 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

And finally, CBS (3.29 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with originals from "Made in Jersey" (2.47 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Made in Jersey" (2.98 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat of "48 Hours" (4.44 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

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

* An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Bruno Mars (3.6/9 in metered-market households) dominated its time period. The "SNL" rebroadcast scored the #1 rating of the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in metered-market households, topping all primetime telecasts on those networks.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.9 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49. The "SNL" encore delivered the top rating of the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the Local People Meters, out-rating all primetime programming on those networks.

* In the Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" delivered its highest 18-49 rating for a rebroadcast since October 27 (with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean, 2.0) and matched its second-highest LPM rating since February 25 (with host Charlie Day and musical guest Maroon 5, 2.3).


Here are the highlights of the five ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/24/11):

NBC (4.55 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) won the battle of holiday repeats with its annual broadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.55 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

FOX (3.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with a full night of "Terra Nova" (3.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) repeats.

Next up was ABC (3.81 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its presentation of "The Sound of Music" (3.81 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

And finally, a repeat of "Blue Bloods" (2.40 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and a two-hour encore of "48 Hours Mystery" (4.41 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) on CBS (3.74 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the night.

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

"Saturday Night Live," was preempted on Christmas Eve.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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