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[10/27/19 - 01:59 PM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, World Series Claim Top Spots
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 (10/26/19):

[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).


Here are the highlights of the seven ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/27/18):

FOX (11.426 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) cruised to victory on Saturday with its primetime coverage of the "World Series, Game 4" (11.426 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

ABC (3.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then slipped to second with its presentation of "Saturday Night College Football" (3.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (2.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its special telecast of "College Football: Notre Dame vs. Navy" (2.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.610 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and a vintage "Saturday Night Live" (2.849 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) rounded out the night on NBC (3.356 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

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

· The 11:30-12:30 p.m. ET encore of "SNL Presents Halloween" has averaged a 3.2 rating, 8 share in "live plus same day" household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.1/6 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The 3.2 is the highest rating for a "Saturday Night Live" rebroadcast since Jan. 6 with an encore delayed by NFL playoff football (3.6 with host Chance The Rapper and musical guest Eminem).

· In 18-49 in the local people meters, last night's 1.1 is the high for a rebroadcast since March 24 (1.1 with host Saoirse Ronan and musical guest U2).

· The Oct. 27 "Saturday Night Live" is the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime shows on those nets except Fox's World Series coverage.

· Last night from 12:30-1 a.m. ET, a rebroadcast of "The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special" averaged a 2.2 rating, 7 share in households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 0.9/6 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

· The encore "David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special" ranks as the #3 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49 in the local people meters, behind only Fox's baseball and the 11:30-12:30 "SNL" rebroadcast.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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