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[09/24/17 - 11:02 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Continues College Football Reign
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 seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/23/17):

ABC (4.679 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) paved the way for another victory with its weekly coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (4.679 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

The silver then went to FOX (3.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its own "CFB on FOX" (3.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) coverage.

Next up was NBC (2.962 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its duo "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Saturday Night Live" (2.290 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (2.433 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "48 Hours" (3.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) on CBS (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night.

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

· A Sept. 23 encore of "Saturday Night Live," with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 6 share in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.8/5 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Versus the show's year-ago average for September encores, last night's "Saturday Night Live" is up +14% in metered-market households (with a 2.4 rating vs. a 2.1).


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/24/16):

ABC (2.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (2.979 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

CBS (4.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then led the total viewers race with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) plus the season premiere of "48 Hours" (4.819 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with encores of "The Voice" (3.127 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "This Is Us" (2.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, FOX (1.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with "CFB on FOX" (1.675 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Fred Armisen and musical guest Courtney Barnett, averaged a 2.4 rating, 6 share in household results from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.9/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Sept. 24 "Saturday Night Live" delivered the show's highest metered-market rating since July 30 (2.5 with host Amy Schumer and musical guest The Weekend) and equaled its highest 18-49 rating in the local people meters since June 25 (1.0 with host Matthew McConaughey and musical guest Adele).

· The Sept. 24 "SNL" matched the show's September 2015 average in metered-market households (2.4 vs 2.4).

· Note that "SNL" adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with originals this past season growing by +49% going from L+SD to L+7 in adults 18-49 (1.83 to 2.72) and +2.090 million persons in total viewers (6.051 million to 8.141 million).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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