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[12/07/14 - 08:47 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops College Football Race with ACC Championship Game
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 (12/6/14):

ABC (9.209 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its presentation of the "ACC Championship Game" (9.209 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

FOX (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then snagged the silver with its coverage of the "Big Ten Football Championship Game" (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.645 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "48 Hours" (4.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), another "48 Hours" (4.572 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the primetime portion of the "Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game" (1.941 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

And finally, NBC (3.859 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with its annual airing of "It's a Wonderful Life" (3.859 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

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

·"Saturday Night Live," with host James Franco and musical guest Nicki Minaj (4.4 rating, 11 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 2.2/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters) delivered 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).

·It's also the show's second highest rating in metered-market households since March 1 (with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck, 4.6/12).


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/7/13):

FOX (12.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) pulled in front on Saturday with its coverage of "College Football: Ohio State at Michigan State" (12.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (5.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with its "College Football: Florida State at Duke" (5.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) coverage.

Next up was CBS (3.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "College Football Overrun/Mike & Molly" (8.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mike & Molly" (3.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "48 Hours" (2.776 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "College Football: Utah State at Fresno State" (1.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, NBC (2.784 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night with encores of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (2.859 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Blacklist" (2.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Saturday Night Live" (3.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

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

·"Saturday Night Live," with host Paul Rudd and musical guest One Direction, averaged a 4.9/12 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 2.5/11 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). Over that span, "SNL" previously earned a 4.9 in households on Nov. 16 (host and musical guest Lady Gaga) and Nov. 2 (host Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem). Versus the same night last year, "SNL" is up 7% in metered-market households (4.9 vs. 4.6).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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