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[02/24/19 - 08:53 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Leads Demo Race with NBA
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 (2/23/19):

ABC (2.660 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) led the demo race on Saturday with its weekly editions of "NBA Countdown" (1.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (2.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

NBC (1.951 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its coverage of "National Hockey League: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia" (1.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a new "Ransom" (2.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) followed by a repeat "48 Hours" (3.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a new "48 Hours" (4.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

And finally, FOX (1.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening of repeats of "9-1-1" (1.699 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Proven Innocent" (1.448 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

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

· Due to the overrun of NBC's primetime NHL coverage, reliable metered-market ratings for last night's "Saturday Night Live" encore are not currently available.


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/24/18):

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

NBC (9.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of the penultimate night of the "2018 Winter Olympics" (9.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (3.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two network with its weekly "NBA Countdown" (2.153 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (3.254 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (3.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a special "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.505 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) followed by a repeat "48 Hours" (2.592 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a second "48 Hours" (3.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, FOX (1.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) rounded out the night with its "UFC on FOX" (1.822 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) presentation.

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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