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[08/05/18 - 08:54 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" Puts NBC in Front
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 (8/4/18):

NBC (2.264 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) edged out the competition on Saturday with an encore of "Making It" (1.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

CBS (2.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) then was a close second with a new "Pink Collar Crimes" (2.069 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) alongside a repeat "48 Hours" (2.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and a second "48 Hours" (2.277 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Next up was ABC (2.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with a repeat "The Good Doctor" (2.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and a special "20/20: In an Instant" (2.110 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3).

And finally, coverage of "Premier Boxing Champions" (2.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) rounded out the evening on FOX (0.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4).

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

· The Aug. 4 encore telecast of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and featuring musical guest P!nk, has averaged a 2.5 rating, 7 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 0.7/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· Last night's "SNL" equaled the show's highest metered-market household rating since June 2 (2.8 with host Donald Glover and musical guest Glover as Childish Gambino) and matched the "SNL" high in 18-49 in the local people meters since June 23 (0.8 with host Jessica Chastain and musical guest Troye Sivan).

· Last night's "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime shows on those nets in both categories.

· The Aug. 4 telecast is matching "SNL's" August 2017 average in metered-market household ratings (2.5 vs. 2.5).


Here are the highlights of the nine ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/5/17):

NBC (3.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) inched past the competition on Saturday with "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Second place then went to ABC (1.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with the feature "Big Hero 6" (2.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and a second run "20/20: In an Instant" (1.860 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with a new "Doubt" (1.972 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6), a second "Doubt" (2.004 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, encores of "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (0.556 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8) and "Love Connection" (0.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8) rounded out the night on FOX (0.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.1, #4).

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

· An Aug. 5 encore of "Saturday Night Live," with host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars, has averaged a 2.3 rating, 6 share in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.7/4 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The "Saturday Night Live" encore was the #1 show of the night on the broadcast networks in 18-49 in the local people meters, outrating every Saturday primetime telecast on those nets in that key measure.

· Versus the show's year-ago August encore, last night's "Saturday Night Live" is up +5% in metered-market households (2.3 vs. a 2.2 rating).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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