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[09/17/17 - 09:06 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Continues Its Reign for ABC
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 (9/16/17):

ABC (5.102 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) continued its reign of the evening with "Saturday Night College Football" (5.102 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (4.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its own "CFB on FOX" (4.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.260 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.808 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and a special "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (2.163 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "NCIS" (2.878 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "48 Hours" (3.790 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) on CBS (3.230 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night.

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

· A Sept. 16 encore of "Saturday Night Live," with host Tom Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.9/5 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Versus the show's year-ago average for September encores, last night's "Saturday Night Live" is up +14% in metered-market households (with a 2.4 rating vs. a 2.1) and +13% in 18-49 in the local people meters (0.9 vs. 0.8 for September 2016 encores).


Here are the highlights of the six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/17/16):

FOX (5.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on a sports heavy Saturday with its coverage of "CFB on FOX" (5.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its presentation of "College Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame" (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.670 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.340 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "48 Hours" (3.340 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and another "48 Hours" (4.330 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

And finally, "Saturday Night College Football" (2.194 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) on ABC (2.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night.

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

· An encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Tracy Morgan and musical guest Demi Lovato, was delayed by a primetime "Notre Dame Football" overrun.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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