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[10/27/13 - 09:18 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: Game 3 of World Series Dominates for FOX
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 (10/26/13):

FOX (11.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Saturday with its presentation of the "World Series, Game 3" (11.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

ABC (4.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second place with its coverage of "College Football: Penn State at Ohio State" (4.202 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.952 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "Two and a Half Men" (3.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (3.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), a new "48 Hours" (3.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a second "48 Hours" (5.137 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, encores of "Grimm" (1.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9), "The Blacklist" (2.381 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.466 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) on NBC (2.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night.

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

· "Saturday Night Live," with host Edward Norton and musical guest Janelle Monae averaged a 3.9/10 in metered-market households and a 2.1/10 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters. "SNL" was the #1 non-sports telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters, topping all primetime entertainment programming on those networks last night.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/27/12):

ABC (7.61 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the top demo draw on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Notre Dame at Oklahoma" (7.61 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

FOX (8.59 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then had to settle for second place despite its broadcast of the "World Series, Game 3" (8.59 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.40 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.41 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "Criminal Minds" (4.70 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by a new "48 Hours" (5.08 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

And finally, NBC (2.46 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) was out of the hunt with repeats of "Revolution" (1.98 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8), "Chicago Fire" (2.38 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.03 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

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

* An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean (4.1/10 in metered-market households), hit a two-year high for an "SNL" rebroadcast in metered-market households, delivering the show's highest rating for an encore edition since November 6, 2010 (with a telecast hosted by Jane Lynch and featuring musical guest Bruno Mars).

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 2.0 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49, "SNL's" top rating in the Local People Meters with a rebroadcast in eight months (since February 25, with an episode hosted by Charlie Day and featuring musical guest Maroon 5).

* Versus the same night last year, "SNL" was up 21 percent in metered-market households (4.1 vs. 3.4) and up 11 percent in the Local People Meters (2.0 vs. 1.8).

* In national ratings so far this season, original telecasts of "Saturday Night Live" are up versus one year ago by 7 percent in 18-49 rating (with a 2.9 vs. a 2.7, "most current") and up 4 percent in total viewers (7.5 million vs. 7.2 million).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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