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[11/16/14 - 09:00 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Demos with "Saturday Night 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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/15/14):

ABC (7.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) took home top honors on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night Football" (7.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

NBC (3.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (4.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Saturday Night Live" (3.034 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and its mix of "48 Hours" (3.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (3.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "48 Hours" (5.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

And finally, FOX (2.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with "College Football on FOX" (2.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

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

·"Saturday Night Live," with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Kendrick Lamar (4.1 rating, 10 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 2.3/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters), matched the show's second highest rating in metered-market households so far this season, trailing only the Nov. 1 telecast (with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince, 4.9/12) and tying the Oct. 25 edition (with host Jim Carrey and musical guest Iggy Azalea, 4.1/10).

·In 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, this is the second highest rated "SNL" this season, running within a tenth of a rating point of the season's top telecast Nov. 1 (with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince, 2.4/12). It's also the #2 "SNL" in 18-49 in the Local People Meters since March 1 (with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck, 2.4/11).


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/16/13):

CBS (4.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) was the most-watched network on Saturday with its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (2.689 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (2.767 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "As It Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years" (4.630 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "48 Hours" (5.869 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

ABC (3.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (3.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) however split the demo crown with their respective coverage of "College Football: Stanford at USC" (3.710 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "College Football: Oklahoma State at Texas" (3.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

And finally, encores of "The Voice" (2.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.608 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) on NBC (2.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the night.

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

·"Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Lady Gaga, averaged a 4.9/12 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 2.6/12 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, to match the show's highest rating in metered-market households since March 9 (with host and musical guest Justin Timberlake) and equal SNL's top 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters since Oct. 5 (with host and musical guest Miley Cyrus). Over those spans, "SNL" previously earned a 4.9 in households and a 2.6 in 18-49 on Nov. 2 (with host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem).

·"Saturday Night Live" ranked as the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in metered-market households and 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks in both categories.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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