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[10/20/13 - 09:17 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ALCS Finale Edges Out College Football
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 (10/19/13):

FOX (8.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) edged out the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of the "ALCS, Game 6" (8.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a close second place with its presentation of "College Football: Florida State at Clemson" (5.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.331 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with encores of "How I Met Your Mother" (2.488 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (2.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hostages" (2.701 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) plus a new "48 Hours" (4.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

And finally, NBC (3.013 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the evening with "College Football: USC at Notre Dame" (3.013 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire (3.1/8 in metered-market households, 1.4/6 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters) matched the show's highest metered-market household rating for a rebroadcast since May 4 (with host Zach Galifianakis and musical guest Of Monsters and Men) and equaled the highest 18-49 rating in the LPMs for an encore "SNL" since June 8 (with host Vince Vaughn and musical guest Miguel).


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/20/12):

ABC (4.60 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top demo draw on Saturday with its weely "College Football: Florida State at Miami/Baylor at Texas" (4.60 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) coverage.

CBS (4.82 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with repeats of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.45 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Person of Interest" (4.52 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a new "48 Hours" (5.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.82 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and its all-repeat lineup of "Revolution" (1.94 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "Chicago Fire" (2.73 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.79 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

And finally, FOX (2.25 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) was out of the hunt with its "College Football: K-State at West Virginia" (2.25 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) coverage.

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

*"Saturday Night Live," with host Bruno Mars (5.4/14 in metered-market households), dominated its time period with the show's highest rating in more than seven months (since March 3 with a telecast hosted by Lindsay Lohan featuring musical guest Jack White). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 2.9 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49, "SNL's" top rating in the Local People Meters since September 22 (with an episode hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt featuring musical guest Mumford & Sons). Versus "SNL's" year-ago average for October originals, last night's telecast is up 10 percent in metered-market households (5.4 vs. 4.9) and up 12 percent in the Local People Meters (2.9 vs. 2.6).

*"Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in the metered-market households and the Local People Meters, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks. In the Local People Meters, "SNL" beat the #2 program of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox by an 81 percent margin (2.9 vs. a 1.6 for ABC's Florida State-Miami college football).

*In national ratings for far this season, original telecasts of "Saturday Night Live" are delivering up versus one year ago by 8 percent in 18-49 rating (with a 2.8 vs. a 2.6, "most current") and 1 percent in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 7.0 million). In 18-49, "SNL" is the #1 Saturday series this season on the major networks, ahead of every Saturday primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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