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[09/21/14 - 08:40 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts with College Football Coverage
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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/20/14):

ABC (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat with its coverage of "Saturday Night Football" (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (3.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its own "College Football on FOX" (3.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) coverage.

Next up was NBC (2.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a rebroadcast of Monday's "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (2.418 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "NCIS" (4.359 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "48 Hours" (4.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) on CBS (4.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #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 Andy Samberg and musical guest St. Vincent, averaged a 2.3/6 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.9/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, to rank as the #1 non-sports telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/21/13):

ABC (5.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Michigan at Connecticut" (5.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

NBC (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second place with its repeat lineup of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.436 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its second run mix of "Mike & Molly" (2.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), another "Mike & Molly" (2.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "48 Hours" (3.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, FOX (1.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) rounded out the night with its telecast of "College Football: Arizona State at Stanford" (1.577 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

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

·An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West averaged a 2.7/7 in metered-market households and a 1.1/5 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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