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[02/17/19 - 08:12 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share Top Honors on Modest Night
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 (2/16/19):

ABC (2.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on a modest Saturday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "20/20 Saturday" (3.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

NBC (2.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with an encore of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.596 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.710 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

Next up was CBS (2.283 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and a rebroadcast of "The World's Best" (1.906 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) followed by the return of "Ransom" (2.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and a new "48 Hours" (2.766 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, FOX (1.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) closed out the evening with its presentation of "Premier Boxing Champions" (1.257 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

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

· The Feb. 16 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Don Cheadle and musical guest Gary Clark Jr., averaged a 4.3 rating, 11 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.6/9 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Feb. 16 "Saturday Night Live" ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, easily topping all primetime shows on those nets.

· "Saturday Night Live" nearly doubled the #2 Big 4 telecast of the night in metered-market households (4.3 vs. 2.2 for ABC's "20/20 Saturday"). In 18-49 in the local people meters, "SNL" more than doubled the #2 show (1.6 vs. 0.7 for the 10 p.m. "SNL Vintage" encore).


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/17/18):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live events, Fast Nationals for NBC are approximate.]

NBC (13.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) eclipsed the competition on Saturday with its coverage of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (13.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) in primetime.

CBS (2.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) then was a very distant second with repeats of "MacGyver" (2.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and a new "48 Hours" (3.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (1.686 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (1.740 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), another "The Middle" (1.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "Black-ish" (1.308 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), another "Black-ish" (1.372 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "20/20 Saturday" (2.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

And finally, FOX (1.058 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) closed out the evening with a "Premier Boxing Champions" (1.058 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) special.

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

Late-night metered market ratings will return following NBC's Olympics coverage.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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