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[12/01/13 - 03:10 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Demos with Holiday Specials, "48 Hours"
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 (11/30/13):

CBS (4.209 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its annual holiday telecasts "The Flight Before Christmas" (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "The Story of Santa Claus" (3.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) plus a new "48 Hours" (4.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

FOX (3.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its coverage of "College Football: Notre Dame at Stanford" (3.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was NBC (2.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with rebroadcasts of "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (3.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

And finally, "College Football: UCLA at USC" (2.371 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) on ABC (2.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) closed out the night.

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

TBA


Here are the highlights of the six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/1/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The SEC Championship game spilled into primetime on CBS from 8:00-8:16 pm.]

FOX (5.02 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) topped the demo charts on Saturday with its coverage of the "Big Ten Football Championship: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin" (5.02 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

A silver medal then went to ABC (4.81 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its telecast of "College Football: Texas at Kansas State" (4.81 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its mix of "Made in Jersey" (5.13 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.78 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "48 Hours" (5.98 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.15 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) on NBC (4.15 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the night.

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

* An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse, averaged a 3.7/9 in metered-market households. "SNL" scored its second-highest rating for an encore in metered-market households since February 25 (3.9 with a telecast hosted by Charlie Day with musical guest Maroon 5), trailing over that span only the October 27 rebroadcast (4.1 with an episode hosted by Jane Lynch with musical guest Bruno Mars). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 1.7 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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