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[08/23/20 - 08:46 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Playoffs Sparks ABC Victory
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 seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/22/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

ABC (2.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its pre-game special "The Jump" (2.201 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) followed by the "NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles at Portland" (2.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

The silver went to CBS (2.211 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with its repeat lineup of "Magnum P.I." (1.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #6), "48 Hours" (2.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and another "48 Hours" (2.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

Next up was NBC (1.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with its coverage of the "NHL Playoffs: Dallas at Colorado" (1.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

And finally, "FOX PBC Fight Night" (0.644 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.1, #7) on FOX (0.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.1, #4) rounded out the evening.

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

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Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/24/19):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games (across all networks) are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

FOX (2.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed the demo honors on Saturday with repeats of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "Beat Shazam" (2.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

CBS (3.453 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (3.872 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1), "FBI" (3.434 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "48 Hours" (3.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its duo of "America's Got Talent" (2.072 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.098 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, ABC (1.717 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) closed out the night with a marathon of "A Million Little Things" (2.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), another "A Million Little Things" (1.681 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and yet another "A Million Little Things" (1.433 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

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

· An Aug. 24 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Seth Meyers and musical guest Paul Simon, has averaged a 2.2 rating, 6 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.6/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The 2.2 in metered-market households equals the show's highest overnight rating since June 29 (2.3 for an encore hosted by Don Cheadle with musical guest Gary Clark Jr.) and the 0.6 in 18-49 matches the "SNL" high since June 1 (0.7 for a rebroadcast with host Emma Thompson and musical guest Jonas Brothers).

· The Aug. 24 "Saturday Night Live" encore ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and adults 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime programs on those nets for the night in both ratings measures.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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