TV Ratings Saturday: '48 Hours' Slides While 'Saturday Night Live' Repeat Tops Night

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December 22nd, 2013


Scoreboard NBC CBS ABC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.575 3.828 3.204 1.796

NBC was number one with adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's preliminary 1.0 rating adults 18-49 rating.  

Broadcast primetime ratings for December 21, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown -R 0.8 3 3.54
NBC The Sing Off -R (8-10PM) 0.6 2 2.89
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 0.5 2 2.30
FOX Almost Human -R 0.4 2 1.93
8:30 PM CBS Two and a Half Men  -R 0.6 2 3.61
9:00PM ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -R 0.6 2 2.68
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.5 2 3.53
FOX Bones -R 0.4 1 1.67
10:00PM NBC Saturday Night Live -R 1.1 4 3.15
CBS 48 Hours 0.7 2 4.64
ABC Castle -R 0.5 2 3.39

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  • Steven

    Marvels did good for a re run

  • Joseph

    No broadcast network got more than a 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic.

    Although I haven’t seen the 18-34 numbers, I suspect that no broadcast network even got as much as a 0.4 in that demographic.

    What probably caused these very low numbers were three-fold:

    (1) Last-minute Christmas shopping.

    (2) Local telecasts (in major markets) of hometown NHL and NBA teams.

    (3) But the major reason was the glut of high-profile movies playing at the nation’s theatres.

    I wonder what would have happened had the broadcast networks scheduled several first-run scripted shows in prime-time last night (December 21st).

    I think they might have done better, especially in the younger demographics.

  • Joseph

    I should have also mentioned the No-Name Bowl on ESPN as a possible reason for the very small network viewership last night, especially among key demographics.

    If the No-Name Bowl got a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo or (in all probability) a 0.5 in the 18-34 demo, that was probably enough to win the night in those demos.

  • Rich

    Charlie Brown did better in its proper time on its regular network than it did on another network an hour later the day before.

  • Mizzourah

    I’ve seen comments saying the networks could/should turn Sat. night over to local affiliates. I know I’d despise this but could the nets program the dreaded ‘infomercial’ in some of these pitiful spots? I’m guessing some of the ratings wouldn’t be much worse and the revenue probably much better.

  • JR35

    The Charlie Brown specials were different ones, though and neither of them classic ones, mind you).

    It’s a shame what’s happened to Saturday night TV viewing.


    ouch no one was watching

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