Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, October 12, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. MLB Baseball (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 1.3/7 5.31
College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.9/5 3.56
College Football (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.7/4 3.04
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.25
9 p.m. All Rise (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.51
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/2 3.32


It was another Saturday night dominated by live sports broadcasts.

FOX’s broadcast of the MLB ALCS Game between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros topped the night with a 1.3 average rating among adults 18-49 and 5.31 million viewers.

Elsewhere, ABC’s broadcast of the Penn State vs. Iowa college football game placed second in the night with a 0.9 and 3.56 million viewers, down considerably from the 1.6 and 6.49 million viewers that the network’s broadcast of the Michigan State vs. Ohio State game scored last Saturday.

Meanwhile, NBC had a college football game of its own, with its broadcast of the USC vs. Notre Dame game raking in a 0.7 and 3.04 million viewers.

On CBS, a new “48 Hours” followed “NCIS” and “All Rise” reruns, and scored a 0.4 with 3.32 million viewers, on par with its Saturday broadcast from the week before.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.3/7 0.9/5 0.7/4 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 5.31 3.56 3.04 3.03


In late-night, the David Harbour-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” posted a 3.8 rating in metered-market households, and a 1.7 in adults 18-49. That puts it down week-to-week in metered-market households from the 4.1 rating that the previous week’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge-hosted episode scored, but up one-tenth from that episode’s 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.


Rating: 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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