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[02/21/21 - 11:06 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share in Demo Victory
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 (2/20/21):

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

ABC (1.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and NBC (2.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared the demo honors on Saturday as the former served up "NBA Countdown" (1.484 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (1.682 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

The latter then offered up its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Weakest Link" (2.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) and "SNL Vintage" (2.236 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) and its lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), "48 Hours" (2.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and a new "48 Hours" (3.116 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "9-1-1" (0.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) and "Name That Tune" (0.981 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) on FOX (0.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) rounded out the night.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/22/20):

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

ABC (1.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) claimed the demo crown on Saturday with its telecast of "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (1.566 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

CBS (3.114 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) was the most-watched broadcaster with "NCIS" (3.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3), "48 Hours" (2.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and half-hours of "48 Hours" (3.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and "48 Hours" (3.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.045 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.266 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

And finally, FOX (0.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) closed out the night with a new "Almost Family" (0.986 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and the season finale of "Almost Family" (0.925 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

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

· A Feb. 22 encore edition of "Saturday Night Live," with host Adam Driver and musical guest Halsey, has averaged a 2.5 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research, ShowBuzzDaily.com





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