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[07/22/12 - 10:00 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "48 Hours Mystery" Repeats Put CBS on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for saturday, july 21, 2012)

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

CBS (4.04 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on Saturday with its mix of "NYC 22" (3.46 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "48 Hours Mystery" (4.19 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a second "48 Hours Mystery" (4.49 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (3.03 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared the demo crown with its special "30 Greatest NBC Olympic Moments" (2.84 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) followed by repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.72 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a second "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.54 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was FOX (1.89 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Cops" (2.02 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Cops" (2.46 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Mobbed" (1.54 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, ABC (2.70 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (2.12 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Castle" (2.92 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Castle" (3.06 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

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

An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Will Ferrell and musical guest Usher (3.1/8 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, making it the night's #1 program in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

"Saturday Night Live" earned its highest metered-market household and Local People Meter ratings in six weeks (since June 9).

[NOTE: Today's numbers are courtesy of TVMediaInsights.com due to delays from our usual sources.]


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/23/11):

A rebroadcast of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (3.28 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was enough to put ABC (3.28 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) on top on Saturday.

FOX (2.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "Cops" (3.15 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Family Guy" (2.09 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "The Cleveland Show" (1.79 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.01 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.93 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "NCIS" (5.95 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "48 Hours Mystery" (5.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (2.01 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2.67 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.56 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) on NBC (3.08 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) rounded out the evening.

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):
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. "SNL" is up 6 percent versus the same night last year (1.7 vs. 1.6).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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