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[10/20/19 - 09:16 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Charts
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 (10/19/19):

ABC (6.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) led the network race on Saturday with its weekly coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (6.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

NBC (1.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and FOX (1.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then shared the silver as the latter opted for repeats of "The Masked Singer" (1.664 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "The Masked Singer" (2.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with the Peacock serving up the feature "Jurassic World" (1.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

And finally, CBS (2.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (1.778 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (1.713 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and "FBI" (2.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) plus a new "48 Hours" (2.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

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

· An Oct. 19 encore edition of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Woody Harrelson and featuring musical guest Billie Eilish, has averaged a 2.4 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.8 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, the "SNL" rebroadcast 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-Penn State college football.


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/20/18):

ABC (6.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) cruised to victory on Saturday with its weekly presentation of "Saturday Night College Football" (6.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

NBC (3.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the number two draw with a two-hour "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.707 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was FOX (1.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its "CFB on FOX" (1.801 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) coverage.

And finally, encores of "Michael Jackson's Halloween" (2.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "48 Hours" (1.984 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) led into a new "48 Hours" (3.764 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) on CBS (2.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

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

· An Oct. 20 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West, has averaged a 2.5 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.8/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Last night's 0.8 equals the high for a "Saturday Night Live" encore in 18-49 in the local people meters since June 2 (1.0 with host Donald Glover and musical guest Glover as Childish Gambino).

· The Oct. 20 "Saturday Night Live" is the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime shows on those nets except ABC's Ohio State-Purdue college football coverage (1.3).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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