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[11/30/14 - 08:59 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts with "48 Hours," Holiday Specials
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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (11/29/14):

CBS (3.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home top honors on Saturday with its holiday mix of "The Flight Before Christmas" (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The Story of Santa Claus" (3.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "48 Hours" (4.685 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

ABC (2.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its weeky "Saturday Night Football" (2.490 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) coverage.

Next up was NBC (3.144 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (3.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) highlights and a repeat of "Saturday Night Live" (2.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

And finally, FOX (1.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with repeats of "Bones" (1.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince (2.9 rating, 7 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 1.3/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters), ranked as the night's #1 telecast on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime programs on those networks.

· "Saturday Night Live" scored the highest rating in metered-market households for an "SNL" rebroadcast since April 19 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons, 2.9/7) and equaled the show's top metered-market rating for an encore since March 15 (with host and musical guest Drake, 3.2/8).

· In the Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live" scored its highest 18-49 rating for a rebroadcast since April 19 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons, 1.4/7).


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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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