Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Note: Live college football on ABC and FOX will result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the final nationals.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. College Football: Big Ten Championship (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.3/9 8.33
College Football: ACC Championship (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.5/6 5.32
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.9/4 4.84
Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.74
9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.7/3 3.80
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.8/3 4.26


A duel between conference championship games in college football went FOX’s way Saturday. Its coverage of the Big Ten Championship between Penn State and Wisconsin drew a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, pending updates. That beat out ABC’s ACC Championship telecast, which scored a preliminary 1.5.

NBC’s annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” drew a 0.6, even with last year, and improved slightly in viewers (3.74 million vs. 3.41 million in 2015).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.3/9 1.5/6 0.8/3 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.33 5.32 4.30 3.74


In late night, “Saturday Night Live” earned a 4.4/11 metered market rating in households and a 2.1/10 in adults 18-49. That’s among its lowest overnight ratings this season, falling a little from the 4.7/12 and 2.2/11 for the last original on Nov. 19. It’s up slightly vs. the comparable week last year.

: 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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