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[10/15/17 - 09:02 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Demos
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 nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/14/17):

ABC (2.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) continued its demo reign on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (2.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

CBS (3.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats of "MacGyver" (2.621 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "48 Hours" (3.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was NBC (2.603 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "Will & Grace" (2.048 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Superstore" (2.099 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief" (2.457 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

And finally, rounding out the night was "CFB on FOX" (1.297 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) on FOX (1.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

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

· The Oct. 14 telecast of "Saturday Night Live" has generated season-high metered-market ratings and the show's second-biggest Week 3 household rating in six years, trailing over that span only last year's election-fueled result, according to "live plus same day" local-market results from Nielsen Media Research.

· With a telecast, hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and featuring musical guest Pink, last night's "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 4.6 rating, 11 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.2/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

· The Oct. 14 edition aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in western markets. Note that these numbers under-report last night's "SNL" results because they don't include viewership from the show's 11:30 replays in the Western U.S.


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/15/16):

ABC (8.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (8.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (3.947 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was a distant second with repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "48 Hours" (3.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) followed by a new "48 Hours" (4.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its presentation of "College Football: Stanford at Notre Dame" (2.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, FOX (1.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (1.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7) and a second "Lethal Weapon" (1.959 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

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

· The Oct. 15 telecast of "Saturday Night Live" has scored the show's highest Week 3 rating in eight years in Nielsen's metered markets.

· Last night's "Saturday Night Live," with host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars, generated a 5.0 rating, 12 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.3/12 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Oct. 15 "Saturday Night Live" earned the show's highest household rating for a third telecast of a new season since the Sept. 27, 2008 edition, hosted by Anna Faris with musical guest Duffy, which scored a 6.0 rating.

· In adult 18-49 results in the 25 markets with local people meters, last night's 2.3 for "Saturday Night Live" was the show's highest Week 3 rating since Oct. 12, 2013 (2.3 with host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry). The last time "SNL" rated higher in 18-49 with a Week 3 edition was on Oct. 8, 2011 (2.6 with host Ben Stiller and musical guest Foster The People).

· Last night's telecast is up +19% versus the show's October 2015 average for originals in metered-market households (5.0 vs. 4.2) and up +15% in 18-49 in the local people meters (2.3 vs. 2.0 for October 2015).

· National ratings, including viewer totals, for last night's "Saturday Night Live" are due from Nielsen on Tuesday.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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