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[07/24/16 - 09:56 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos with UFC 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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (7/23/16):

FOX (2.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of "UFC on FOX" (2.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (2.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with the feature "The Bourne Identity" (2.933 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was ABC (2.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a repeat "In an Instant" (2.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by the season finale of "In an Instant" (2.982 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

And finally, CBS (2.133 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with a new "Angel from Hell" (1.848 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), the finale to "Angel from Hell" (1.665 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8), the return of "Rush Hour" (1.853 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

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

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Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/25/15):

FOX (2.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Saturday with its telecast of "UFC on FOX 16" (2.286 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

ABC (2.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "BattleBots" (1.789 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), another "BattleBots" (2.120 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and the debut of "Boston EMS" (2.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.650 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.494 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Scorpion" (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "48 Hours" (4.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, a repeat "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (1.290 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) led into new episodes of "Aquarius" (1.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Hannibal" (1.000 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) on NBC (1.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Chris Hemsworth and musical guest Zac Brown Band, averaged a 2.2 rating, 6 share in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.8/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, making it the #1 entertainment telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime non-sports programs on those nets.

· Note that "SNL" adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with originals this season growing by an average of +44% going from "live plus same day ratings" to "live plus seven day" in adults 18-49 (from a 1.84 rating to a 2.65).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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