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[01/13/19 - 08:37 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Rides NFL Playoffs to Another 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 nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/12/19):

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

FOX (28.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1) got another NFL boost on Saturday with its primetime coverage of the "NFC Divisional Game: Cowboys at Rams" (28.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1).

NBC (3.385 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with encores of "The Titan Games" (4.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (2.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "48 Hours" (2.975 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and another "48 Hours" (4.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

And finally, ABC (1.861 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "The Good Doctor" (2.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), another "The Good Doctor" (2.200 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "A Million Little Things" (1.159 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

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

· A Jan. 12 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Steve Carell and musical guest Ella Mai, has averaged a 3.2 rating, 8 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.1/6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters (with the Kansas City market currently excluded).

· This week's "SNL" equaled the show's highest overnights for a "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast since Jan. 6, 2018 with an encore delayed by NFL playoff football (3.6 in metered-market households, 1.6 in 18-49 in the local people meters with host Chance The Rapper and musical guest Eminem). The Jan. 12 overnights equal the results of an hourlong Oct. 27 11:30-12:30 "Halloween" special (3.2 in households, 1.1 in 18-49), as well as the 18-49 rating of a March 24, 2018 rebroadcast (with host Saoirse Ronan and musical guest U2, 1.1).

· Excluding nights of NBC primetime NFL coverage, the last time an "SNL" encore topped last night's 3.2 in metered-market households was Feb. 25, 2017 (with host Emma Stone and musical guest Shawn Mendes, 3.3) and the last time a rebroadcast beat last night's 1.1 in 18-49 without a primetime NFL lead-in was Oct. 28, 2017 ("SNL Presents Halloween," 1.3).


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/13/18):

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

CBS (24.231 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1) overshadowed the competition on Saturday with its coverage of the "AFC Divisional Game: Titans at Patriots" (24.231 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1).

NBC (3.820 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Will & Grace" (5.603 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Superstore" (3.590 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (3.100 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was ABC (1.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "Flushed Away" (1.301 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "20/20 Saturday" (2.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

And finally, FOX (1.062 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) closed out the night with rebroadcasts of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (0.945 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) and another "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (1.180 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

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

· "Saturday Night Live" has equaled its top metered-market household rating since Nov. 4, while also matching the show's second-highest overnight result of the season to date.

· The Jan. 13 telecast, hosted by Sam Rockwell and featuring musical guest Halsey, has averaged a 4.6 rating, 10 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.9/9 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The 4.6 in households equals the show's prior original (4.6 on Dec. 16 with host Kevin Hart and musical guest Foo Fighters) as the best for "Saturday Night Live" since Nov. 4 (4.7 with host Larry David and musical guest Miley Cyrus) and ties as the #2 highest rated "SNL" of the 2017-18 season to date.

· Last night's "Saturday Night Live" was the #1 non-sports telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, ahead of all primetime entertainment programming on the broadcast networks and trailing only CBS' NFL Playoff coverage.

· The Jan. 13 "SNL" aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in western markets. Note that these numbers under-report last night's "SNL" results because they don't include viewership from the show's 11:30 replays in the Western U.S.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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