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[12/29/19 - 09:30 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dateline" Tops Low Key Night for NBC
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 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/28/19):

NBC (2.951 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) was the evening's top draw thanks to a two-hour "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "SNL Vintage" (2.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Second place then went to ABC (1.940 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #2) with encores of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'" (1.866 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3), "The Conners" (1.320 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and "20/20 Saturday" (2.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (1.883 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) and its mix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6), "SWAT" (2.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and "The Faces of Family Separation" (1.349 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

And finally, FOX (1.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) closed out the night with repeats of "9-1-1" (1.112 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and "The Resident" (1.009 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6).

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

· A Dec. 28 encore edition of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Will Ferrell and featuring musical guest King Princess, has averaged a 2.6 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Versus primetime programming on the Big 4 networks Saturday night, the "SNL" rebroadcast is the #1 show of the night in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters.

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


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/29/18):

NBC (2.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with a two-hour "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Second place then went to CBS (2.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #2) with repeats of "God Friended Me" (1.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5), "48 Hours" (1.750 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and another "48 Hours" (2.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (1.458 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) with a rebroadcast of "Mickey's 90th Spectacular" (1.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) and a new "The Alec Baldwin Show" (0.853 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9).

And finally, repeats of "9-1-1" (1.395 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and "The Resident" (1.164 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

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

· A Dec. 29 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers, has averaged a 2.4 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.7/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Dec. 29 "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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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