TV Ratings Saturday: '48 Hours' Drops After Weak 'Summer Dreams' Special + '20/20 Saturday' Hits Season High After 'Nightline Prime' Premiere

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March 16th, 2014


Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.93 4.16 1.67 1.46

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

ABC’s Saturday lineup was pre-empted for local programming in 2.66% of the U.S.

On NBC,  Dateline Saturday Night Mystery garnered a 0.8, down a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the Summer Dreams special earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.  48 Hours earned a 0.4, down four tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the premiere of Nightline Prime earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. 20/20 Saturday earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  


Broadcast primetime ratings for March 15, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC Dateline Saturday (8-10PM) 0.8 3 5.35
ABC Resurrection -R 0.7 3 3.89
CBS Summer Dreams (8-10PM) 0.4 2 1.32
FOX Cosmos -R 0.4 2 1.81
9:00PM ABC Nightline Prime 0.7 3 3.07
FOX The Following -R 0.3 1 1.12
10:00PM ABC 20 /20 Saturday 1.1 4 5.51
NBC Believe -R 0.8 3 4.09
CBS 48 Hours 0.4 2 2.37

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