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[07/01/18 - 08:42 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, MLB Top Charts in Viewers, Demos
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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (6/30/18):

FOX (2.990 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) took home top honors on Saturday with its weekly coverage of "FOX Sports Saturday Presents Major League Baseball" (2.990 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

NBC (2.829 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the silver draw with the finale to "Taken" (1.881 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and a two-hour "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.303 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Truth & Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson" (1.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, CBS (2.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) rounded out the evening with a new "Ransom" (2.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), the season finale of "Ransom" (2.237 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.137 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

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

· The June 30 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Tiffany Haddish and featuring musical guest Taylor Swift, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.7/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Last night's "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 non-sports show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime entertainment shows on those nets in both categories.


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/1/17):

NBC (5.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its annual coverage of the "Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Daytona" (5.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

FOX (2.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its weekly "FOX Sports Saturday Presents Major League Baseball" (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

Next up was ABC (2.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "Battle of the Network Stars" (1.839 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and a new "20/20: In an Instant" (2.547 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3).

And finally, the return of "Doubt" (1.731 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) alongside repeats of "48 Hours" (2.169 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and another "48 Hours" (2.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the night on CBS (2.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4).

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

· A July 1 encore of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Kristen Wiig and featuring musical guest The xx, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Versus what the show averaged last year with July encores, last night's "Saturday Night Live" is up +4% in metered-market households (2.4 vs. 2.3 in July 2016).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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