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[07/11/11 - 07:22 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "Cops," Comedies Put FOX in Front
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, july 9, 2011)

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

FOX (2.51 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed top demo honors on Saturday with repeats of "Cops" (3.17 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Family Guy" (2.02 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Cleveland Show" (1.66 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (4.24 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Chaos" (2.85 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside repeats of "48 Hours Mystery" (3.93 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and another "48 Hours Mystery" (5.94 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

Next up was NBC (3.24 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with rebroadcasts of "Minute to Win It" (2.06 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (3.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" (2.35 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Expedition Impossible" (1.88 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Rookie Blue" (1.90 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on ABC (2.04 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the evening.

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

An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live" (3.3/8 in metered-market households), hosted by Tina Fey with musical guest Ellie Goulding, 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, making it the #1 telecast of the night ahead of all primetime programs on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox. Versus the same night last year, "SNL" is up 6 percent in the Local People Meters (1.7 vs. 1.6).


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/10/10):

FOX (4.28 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and its mainstays "Cops" (3.88 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "America's Most Wanted" (4.69 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) enveloped the competition on Saturday.

A distant silver then went to CBS (3.90 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the premiere of "The Bridge" (2.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by a second "The Bridge" (3.51 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat of "48 Hours Mystery" (5.22 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.06 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with encores of "Secrets of the Mountain" (2.90 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (3.38 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.36 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Scoundrels" (1.70 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Gates" (1.55 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) on ABC (2.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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