Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Nov. 26, 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. Saturday Night College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.9/6 6.28
College Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 0.7/3 2.55
Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (CBS) – S 0.6/2 2.67
The National Dog Show (NBC) – R 0.5/2 3.03
8:30 p.m. Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (CBS) – S 0.5/2 2.14
9 p.m. My Week with Marilyn (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.6/2 2.7
The Story of Santa Claus (CBS) – S 0.6/2 2.22
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/2 3.39


Once again, ABC’s “Saturday Night College Football” scored the top spot in Saturday’s primetime ratings, and managed to tick up from its previous 1.1 to a 1.9 average rating in adults 18-49. Thanks, in part to the holiday weekend, the game also ended up bringing in the highest-ratings for the network’s college football coverage in the past several weeks.

Similarly, FOX’s college football coverage also managed to tick up from last week’s 0.4 to a 0.7, pending updates. CBS’ “48 Hours” brought in a 0.6, meanwhile, as the rest of the night was packed with mostly holiday specials and reruns.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.9/6 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 6.28 2.61 2.81 2.55


: 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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