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[10/06/19 - 09:44 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Continues 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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/5/19):

ABC (6.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its weekly coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (6.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (2.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its trio of "The Voice" (1.976 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.260 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "SNL Vintage" (2.429 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.173 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "FBI" (3.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Bull" (2.834 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside a new "48 Hours" (3.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, FOX (1.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) rounded out the evening with its telecast of "CFB on FOX" (1.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

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

· The Oct. 5 edition of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and featuring musical guest Taylor Swift, has averaged a 4.0 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Note that current metered-market results are not compatible with data issued before Oct. 5 due to changes in Nielsen methodology.

· Versus primetime programming on the Big 4 networks Saturday night, "SNL" is the #2 show of the night in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, behind only ABC's Michigan State-Ohio State college football.


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/6/18):

ABC (4.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat last night with its weekly installment of "Saturday Night College Football" (4.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

CBS (2.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Neighborhood" (2.773 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Happy Together" (2.164 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "God Friended Me" (2.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a new "48 Hours" (3.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Sharing the silver was NBC (2.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with a new "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.392 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

And finally, "CFB on FOX" (1.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) rounded out the evening on FOX (1.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

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

· The Oct. 6 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Awkwafina and featuring musical guest Travis Scott, averaged a 4.2 rating, 10 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.7/8 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· "Saturday Night Live" ranked as the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and in adults 18-49 in the local people meters, outrating every Saturday primetime program on those nets in both categories.

· Versus what "Saturday Night Live" averaged with originals for the month of October last year, the Oct. 6 telecast maintained 100% in both meter-market households (4.2 vs. 4.2) and in 18-49 in the local people meters (1.7 vs. 1.7 for October 2017). The year-ago Week 2 "SNL" scored a 4.4/10 in metered-market households and a 1.7/8 in the local people meters with host Kumail Nanjiani and musicil guest P!nk.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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