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[04/21/13 - 09:26 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos with UFC Coverage
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, april 20, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (3.307 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home the demo crown on Saturday with its coverage of "UFC on FOX 7" (3.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

CBS (4.842 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the most-watched network with a special "Vegas" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) followed by a repeat of "The Mentalist" (4.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "48 Hours" (5.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a new "Bet on Your Baby" (2.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) alongside repeats of "Castle" (2.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a second "Castle" (3.953 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, a new "Smash" (1.908 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) led into repeats of "The Voice" (2.395 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.491 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) on NBC (2.264 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

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

* An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes, averaged a 3.3/8 in metered-market households, equaling its overnight rating for the same night last year.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.8 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49. "SNL" 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. The 1.8 is "SNL's" highest LPM 18-49 rating for an encore since March 16 (1.8 for a telecast hosted by Jennifer Lawrence with musical guest The Lumineers) and matches "SNL's" top rating for an encore since January 12, 2013 (2.0 for a telecast hosted by Christina Applegate with musical guest Passion Pit). Versus the same night last year, "SNL" is up 6 percent in the Local People Meters (1.8 vs. 1.7).


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/21/12):

ABC (3.09 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and FOX (2.81 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) split the adults 18-49 crown on Saturday as the latter served up its final "America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back" (2.81 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) special.

The Alphabet then went with a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.07 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by a two-hour "20/20: Sunset Boulevard" (3.11 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) special.

Next up was CBS (4.36 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.59 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.14 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and a new "48 Hours Mystery" (5.34 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

And finally, new episodes of "Escape Routes" (1.14 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Firm" (1.75 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.05 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) on NBC (1.98 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Daniel Radcliffe and musical guest Lana Del Rey (3.3/8 in metered-market households), dominated its time period.

·In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.7 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49. The "SNL" encore was the night's #1 program in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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