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[10/25/20 - 10:13 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Keeps FOX on Top
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 eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/24/20):

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

FOX (7.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got another boost on Saturday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 4" (7.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

ABC (4.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was the silver draw with its telecast of "Saturday Night Football" (4.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (2.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with its mix of "Weakest Link" (2.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5), "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.053 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SNL Vintage" (2.081 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, CBS (2.106 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up the relocated "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.769 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), another "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.654 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "48 Hours" (2.894 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

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

The Oct. 24 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Adele and musical guest H.E.R., has averaged a 5.0 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

The 5.0 in metered-market households is up +28% versus "SNL's" 3.9 average last October. In 18-49, the local-market 2.4 is up +41% versus the 1.7 average for October 2019.

It's the #1 Big 4 show of the night in metered-market households, ahead of Fox's Game 4 coverage of the World Series (5.0 vs. 4.7). In adults 18-49 in the local people meters, "SNL" tied the World Series telecast for #1 for the night (2.4 each).

The Oct. 24 "Saturday Night Live" is the #3 highest-rated "SNL" original in metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters among the 21 originals that have aired since Nielsen changed its methodology Oct. 5, 2019, ranking behind only this fall's high-rated Oct. 3 season premiere (5.6 in households, 2.9 in 18-49) and the historic Dec. 21, 2019 telecast hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo (6.7 in households, 3.4 in 18-49).


Here are the highlights of the eight ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/26/19):

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

FOX (9.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Saturday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 4" (9.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (6.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then got bumped to second with its weekly "Saturday Night College Football" (6.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (2.794 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "48 Hours" (2.322 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) followed by a new "48 Hours" (3.251 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

And finally, NBC (2.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) rounded out the evening with its mix of "The Voice" (1.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "SNL Vintage" (2.161 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

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

· The Oct. 26 edition of "Saturday Night Live," with host and musical guest Chance the Rapper, has averaged a 3.8 rating in "live plus same day" household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters (with the San Francisco and Sacramento markets currently excluded due to power outages).

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

· "SNL" retained 100% of the household and 18-49 rating in the metered markets for its prior original (3.8 in households, 1.7 in 18-49 in the local people meters on Oct. 12 with host David Harbour and musical guest Camila Cabello).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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