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[08/18/19 - 08:30 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts in Viewers, 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 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/17/19):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games (across all networks) are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

CBS (3.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the victor on a low key Saturday with its mix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.298 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "48 Hours" (3.527 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and another "48 Hours" (3.254 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Second place then went to NBC (2.599 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with "America's Got Talent" (1.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.938 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Sharing the silver was ABC (2.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with encores of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"" (2.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "All About "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"" (1.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (1.699 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, second runs of "So You Think You Can Dance" (0.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Beat Shazam" (1.241 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) rounded out the night on FOX (1.087 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4).

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

· An Aug. 17 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers, has averaged a 2.0 rating, 6 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.5/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Aug. 17 "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime programs on those nets for the night.


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/18/18):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games (across all networks) are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

ABC (3.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) inched past the competition on Saturday with its lineup of "The Good Doctor" (2.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "20/20 Saturday" (3.270 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (2.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the silver draw with a new "Pink Collar Crimes" (2.804 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by a repeat "48 Hours" (2.792 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and another "48 Hours" (2.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with "America's Got Talent" (2.332 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.574 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

And finally, encores of "MasterChef" (1.790 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and another "MasterChef" (2.121 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) on FOX (1.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) rounded out the night.

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

· The Aug. 18 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Chance the Rapper and featuring musical guest Eminem, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.8/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Last night's "SNL" scored the show's high in 18-49 in the local people meters since June 23 (0.8 with host Jessica Chastain and musical guest Troye Sivan). The last time "SNL" topped a 0.8 in the local people meters was June 2 (1.0 with host Donald Glover and musical guest Glover as Childish Gambino).

· The Aug. 18 "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime shows on those nets in both categories.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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