'SNL' Special Scores Top NBC Rating in Slot Since 'Sound of Music'

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January 31st, 2014

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  • Despite facing original competition from CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” for the first time in three weeks, "Community" (1.1/3 in adults 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8-8:30 p.m. ET) matched its 18-49 ratings of the prior two weeks, which were achieved versus encore competition from “Big Bang.”  L+7 Time-Shifting: This season’s first two weeks of “Community” have added an average 38% or 0.50 of a rating point to its next-day “live plus same day” 18-49 rating in “live plus seven day” results (to a 1.83 in L+7 from a 1.33 L+SD).

 

  • Despite facing original competition from CBS’s comedy lineup for the first time in three weeks, “Parks and Recreation” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall from 8:30-9 p.m. ET) equaled its 18-49 ratings of the prior two weeks, which were scored while the CBS competition was in rebroadcast.  Last night’s “Parks” built on its “Community” lead-in by 9% in adults 18-49.  L+7 Time-Shifting: In the fourth quarter, “Parks and Rec” increased by an average of 50% in 18-49 rating (to a 1.8 from a 1.2) and 1.0 million viewers overall (4.1 million vs. 3.1 million) going from L+SD to L+7 ratings.

 

  • Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 9-11 p.m.) scored NBC’s highest 18-49 and total-viewer results in the time period since the Dec. 5 telecast of “The Sound of Music Live!”   Excluding that special and NFL football on Thanksgiving, these are NBC’s best results in the time slot since Sept. 26.  In the time period, “Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular” is #2 in adults 18-49 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, just a tenth of a point out of first place versus mostly original competition, and #1 among those nets in adults, men and women 18-34.

 

  • This is the #2 primetime “SNL” special so far this season among six telecast thus far (four listed as original specials and two as encores) in 18-49, behind only the Dec. 4 telecast of “Saturday Night Live Christmas” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall).

 

 
  • brandy

    Maybe they should consider making a weekly “Best of” SNL show.

  • TVDude

    Or a spin-off: Thursday Night Live!

  • Eve

    And put it on at 8pm. Move the comedies to 9pm avoiding the beast.

  • SJ

    Now that’s just sad!

  • Oliver

    I doubt they would get the ratings they do if they were regularly scheduled. I hope NBC doesn’t give it to the temptation.

  • Jagger Dagger

    A “best of” show put on in the middle of the week might work out considering they have 35+ years of material to use.

    A second “new show”? Forget it. They can’t even write enough good material now to fill the Saturday spot they already have.

  • RJC

    NBC airs an edited version of the previous week’s SNL on Saturdays at 10 and it does relatively decently ratings-wise. Running a weekly “Best of” on Thursday might do alright (especially since, as an earlier poster said, they have 35 years worth of material to pull from), would almost certainly do better than the 0.7-0.9 SSTW and MJFS were getting (though probably not as well as the 1.8 this special got), and would presumably be dirt cheap for them.

    On the other hand, running retrospectives of old shows is no way to grow a network for the future.

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