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[09/13/20 - 03:30 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "Saturday Night Football" Returns on Top 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 six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/12/20):

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

ABC (2.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) pulled in front thanks to the return of "Saturday Night Football" (2.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

NBC (1.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) had to settle for second with its coverage of "NHL Playoffs: Vegas at Dallas" (1.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2).

Next up was FOX (1.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its weekly presentation of "MLB on FOX" (1.312 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3).

And finally, CBS (1.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) closed out the night with its mix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (1.993 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4), "Love Island: More to Love" (0.849 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.1, #6) and the season premiere of "48 Hours" (2.242 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4).

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

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Here are the highlights of the six ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/14/19):

ABC (3.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of "Saturday Night College Football" (3.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

FOX (2.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its own "CFB on FOX" (2.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) coverage.

Next up was CBS (3.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "NCIS" (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) followed by the two-hour season premiere of "48 Hours" (3.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "America's Got Talent" (1.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.207 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) rouned out the night on NBC (1.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

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

· A Sept. 14 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host John Mulaney and musical guest Thomas Rhett, has averaged a 2.3 rating, 7 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 2.3 in metered-market households ranks as 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 Sept. 14 "Saturday Night Live" encore ranks as the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime programs on those nets for the night except ABC's Clemson-Syracuse college football telecast.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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