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[11/15/20 - 10:37 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Reclaims Top Spot with College Football
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 (11/14/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live events.]

ABC (4.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) reclaimed the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night Football" (4.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

FOX (1.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with its own "CFB on FOX" (1.736 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2).

Next up was NBC (1.572 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with rebroadcasts of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.323 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and "SNL Vintage" (2.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

And finally, CBS (2.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) wrapped the night with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (1.992 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and "Bull" (2.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) plus a new "48 Hours" (2.906 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

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

· A Nov. 14 encore edition of "Saturday Night Live," with host Chris Rock and musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, has averaged a 3.1 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The 3.1 in metered-market households is the highest for an "SNL" rebroadcast since Jan. 11 (3.1 with host and musical guest Harry Styles) and equals the "SNL" high among the show's 36 encores in this timeslot since Nielsen changed its methodology on Oct. 5, 2019.

· In adults 18-49, the 1.0 is the best for a "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast since March 14 (1.0 with host Kristen Stewart and musical guest Coldplay) and equals the high since Jan. 11 (1.2). Among all 36 "SNL" encores since the change in methodology, the 1.0 ties for #2.

· Versus "SNL's" 2.7 average for encore telecasts last season, the 3.1 in metered-market households is up +15%. In 18-49, the local-market 1.0 is up +11% versus the 0.9 average for 2019-20 "SNL" rebroadcasts.

· Versus primetime programming on the Big 4 networks Saturday night, the "SNL" rebroadcast is the #1 show of the night in metered-market households.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (11/16/19):

ABC (6.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled back in front on Saturday with its presentation of "Saturday Night College Football" (6.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (3.003 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "Bull" (2.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "48 Hours" (2.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) followed by a new "48 Hours" (3.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was NBC (2.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its mix of "The Voice" (1.869 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "SNL Vintage" (2.332 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

And finally, FOX (1.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the night with its "CFB on FOX" (1.301 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) coverage.

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

· The Nov. 16 edition of "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Harry Styles, has averaged a 3.9 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Note that current metered-market results are not compatible with data issued before Oct. 5 due to changes in Nielsen methodology.

· "Saturday Night Live" outrated two of the four prior originals in metered-market households, making this the third highest "SNL" household rating since Nielsen changed its methodology starting with Oct. 12 results.

· Versus primetime programming on the Big 4 networks Saturday night, "SNL" is the #2 show of the night in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, behind only ABC's Oklahoma-Baylor college football.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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