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[03/31/19 - 08:10 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Low Key Night with "Dateline"
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 (3/30/19):

NBC (3.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) claimed the top spot on Saturday with its mix of "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), another "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.530 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (2.211 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) then was the silver draw with second runs of "American Idol" (2.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "20/20 Saturday" (2.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.015 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with a new "Ransom" (2.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), a rebroadcast of "Million Dollar Mile" (1.340 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and a "48 Hours" (2.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, FOX (1.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) closed out the evening with repeats of "MasterChef Junior" (1.014 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) and "9-1-1" (1.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

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

· The March 30 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Sandra Oh and musical guest Tame Impala, averaged a 4.1 rating, 10 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.5/8 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The March 30 "Saturday Night Live" ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, easily topping all primetime shows on those nets. In fact, in 18-49 in the local people meters, "SNL" topped all but five primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 so far this week.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/31/18):

ABC (4.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the top broadcaster on Saturday with its annual telecast of "The Ten Commandments" (4.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

NBC (2.947 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a close second with "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.586 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Next up was CBS (3.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (2.673 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and a new "48 Hours" (3.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

And finally, encores of "MasterChef Junior" (0.894 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Showtime at the Apollo" (0.908 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) on FOX (0.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) rounded out the night.

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

· The March 31 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Kevin Hart and musical guest Foo Fighters, has averaged a 2.6 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.9/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Last night's "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime shows on those nets in that key category.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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