Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

The numbers for a sports-dominated, quiet Saturday night:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NFL Wild-Card Playoff (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 6.8/20 21.87
To Tell The Truth – R (ABC) 1.4/5 5.29
Ransom (CBS) 0.4/1 3.26
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.04
9 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.9/4 3.61
Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/1 2.95
Star (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/2 3.46


In a relatively quiet Saturday night, NBC beat the rest of the networks with its coverage of the NFL Wild Card Playoff games. The three-hour long broadcast scored a 6.8 average rating in adults 18-49, much higher than the second-highest rating of the night, which was ABC’s encore episode of “To Tell the Truth” which raked in a 1.4 for itself.

Most of the other ratings in the night were reruns as well, while “Ransom” scored a modest 0.4 for itself on CBS, while “20/20” snagged a peak 0.9 throughout its two-hour broadcast.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/4 6.8/20 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.17 21.87 3.22 1.02


: 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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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