Early Ratings: SNL Strong, 'Sarah Connor' Not Helped By Absent 'Chuck'

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November 4th, 2008

Soon, the election will be over and NBC will come crashing back to reality. But for now, it's still whooping it up! Last night's Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash pulled great numbers for NBC in the early metered markets between 9pm-11p with a 10.1/15 (household rating/share). By comparison the 200th episode of Deal or No Deal did a 4.6/7.

I'm holding off on most opinions about the night until I see the full fast affiliates and the 18-49 demographic data. Our pal Marc Berman is sticking with his boilerplate text to report on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Last night:

The Sarah Connor Chronicles (#4: 3.4/ 5) and tired Prison Break (#4: 3.5/ 5) dipped by an average of 28 percent from the year-ago line-up of two episodes of Prison Break. Maybe Fox should rethink that full season episode order for Sarah Connor.

Two weeks ago (the last time TSCC aired):

Fox has also taken a noticeable hit on Monday with is combination of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (#4: 3.4/ 5), which the network may want to consider renewing for the full season...

My personal belief now, as last year, is that the pot was sweetened for Fox, somehow, someway to keep the show on the air this year as a promo for the forthcoming Terminator movie in May. I know some of you disagree with this, but based on the numbers, it's the best theory I have.

It's good news either way because we're getting more episodes than the numbers themselves actually seem to justify. My prediction: barring a remarkable improvement in the numbers, there will be no season three. We'll have to enjoy it while it lasts. We'll see what the viewer numbers and demo numbers look like in a bit, but it looks like not having to compete with Chuck didn't improve things at all for TSCC based on the early numbers.

We'll have the viewer and demo numbers up hopefully by 12:30pm EST, so check back. You can read the full metered market report on Berman's site

Metered Market Overnight Ratings: This is normally the first available ratings information, and is based on the electronic measurement service that Nielsen provides in 56 of the nation's largest markets. In each market a sample of homes is selected to represent that individual market. Often, networks or syndicators provide metered market information as an early indicator of a program's performance. In aggregate, the 56 metered markets represent 79,890,610 homes, or 70% of all U.S. TV households. Preliminary metered market data are available as early as 8:00AM (ET). Final metered market information, reflecting line-up changes, pre-emptions and runovers, are normally available by 3:30PM (ET).

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