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[12/06/20 - 06:20 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins Latest College Football Showdown
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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/5/20):

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

CBS (4.066 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the victor on a sports heavy Saturday with its special presentation of "College Football: Alabama at LSU" (4.066 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

ABC (2.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the number two draw with its own "Saturday Night Football" (2.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.921 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Wall" (2.133 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SNL Vintage" (2.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, FOX (1.719 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) closed out the evening with its "CFB on FOX" (1.719 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

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

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Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/7/19):

FOX (12.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) surged to the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of the "Big Ten Football Championship Game" (12.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The siliver then went to ABC (3.733 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with its presentation of the "ACC Championship Game" (3.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Bull" (3.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "48 Hours" (2.463 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "48 Hours" (3.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

And finally, NBC (2.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the night with "The Voice" (1.628 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.489 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "SNL Vintage" (2.267 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

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

· The Dec. 7 edition of "Saturday Night Live," with host Jennifer Lopez and musical guest DaBaby, has averaged a 4.2 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.7 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.

· The Dec. 7 "Saturday Night Live" is the #2 highest-rated "SNL" original in metered-market households among the seven that have aired since Nielsen changed its methodology Oct. 5, and ranks within 0.1 of a point of the highest rated of those seven, the Nov. 23 edition (4.3 with host Will Ferrell and musical guest King Princess).

· Versus primetime programming on the Big 4 networks last night, "SNL" is the #2 show of the night in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, behind only Fox's Ohio State-Wisconsin Big 10 Championship college football.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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