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[09/20/20 - 09:23 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Stays in Front with "Saturday Night Football"
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 (9/19/20):

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

ABC (3.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Saturday with its telecast of "Saturday Night Football" (3.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

NBC (1.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was the silver draw with its primetime portion of the "Stanley Cup Finals: Dallas at Tampa Bay" (1.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) and "SNL Vintage" (1.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (1.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) and its mix of "Magnum P.I." (1.700 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3), "Love Island: More to Love" (0.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.1, #7) and "48 Hours" (2.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

And finally, FOX (1.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) closed out the night with "MLB on FOX" (1.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3).

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

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Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/21/19):

CBS (8.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) surged to the top spot on Saturday with its special primetime coverage of "College Football: Notre Dame at Georgia" (8.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (3.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then had to settle for second with its weekly "Saturday Night College Football" (3.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with repeats of "America's Got Talent" (1.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3).

And finally, FOX (0.850 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (0.575 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and "The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek" (1.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

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

· A Sept. 21 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Adam Sandler and musical guest Shawn Mendes, 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 0.7/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The 2.4 in metered-market households is the show's highest overnight rating since June 22 (2.4 for an encore hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest DJ Khaled). The last time "SNL" topped last night's 2.4 rating was June 1 (2.5 with host Emma Thompson and musical guest Jonas Brothers).

· The 0.7 in 18-49 is "SNL's" high since June 1 (0.7 with Emma Thompson and Jonas Brothers). The last time an 11:30 "SNL" rebroadcast topped a 0.7 in 18-49 in the local people meters was March 23 (with host and musical guest Halsey, 0.8)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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