Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Note: Live coverage of the UFC on FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the final nationals.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. UFC Fight Night (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/4 2.69
A Pentatonix Christmas Special (NBC) – R 0.7/3 3.70
Movie: Big Game (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.33
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S 0.6/3 2.84
9 p.m. SNL Christmas 2016 (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 1.2/5 4.06
20/20 (ABC) – R 0.6/2 3.35
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.31
48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 3.15


NBC led both primetime and late-night on Saturday thanks to “Saturday Night Live.”

A repeat of the “SNL Christmas” special led the primetime pack with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. FOX’s “UFC Fight Night” drew a 0.9, pending updates for the live broadcast. CBS’ movie “Big Game” and ABC’s “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” each posted a 0.6.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.0/4 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 3.94 2.69 3.50 3.27


In late night, the final “Saturday Night Live” of 2016 scored a 4.9/12 household rating in the overnight metered markets and a 2.4/12 among adults 18-49. The show, with host Casey Affleck and musical guest Chance the Rapper, had its best numbers since Nov. 12.

: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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