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[08/25/19 - 08:20 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos; CBS Wins Total Viewers
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 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (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.


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/25/18):

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

CBS (3.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Saints at Chargers" (3.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

NBC (2.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (2.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2).

Next up was ABC (2.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with second runs of "The Good Doctor" (2.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), another "The Good Doctor" (2.075 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "20/20 Saturday" (2.195 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "MasterChef" (1.168 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and a second "MasterChef" (1.528 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) on FOX (1.348 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) rounded out the night.

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

· The Aug. 25 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Ryan Gosling and featuring musical guest Jay-Z, has averaged a 2.1 rating, 6 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.6/6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The Aug. 25 "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 non-sports show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime entertainment shows on those nets in that key demo.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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