Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, October 22, 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.) 1.7/7 6.17
College Football (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 0.6/2 2.41
MacGyver (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.32
Superstore (NBC) – R 0.3/1 1.58
8:30 p.m. Movie: Identity Thief (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.6/2 2.39
9 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.66
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 3.95


ABC’s “Saturday Night College Football” telecast wasn’t quite as big as last week’s game, but it was still far and away the No. 1 show on broadcast TV in primetime.

Penn State’s upset of second-ranked Ohio State drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, pending updates. That’s down from last week’s contest (Ohio State-Wisconsin) but more than a point better than anything else on the broadcast networks.

The top show of the night across TV will likely be the clinching game of the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1. Saturday’s cable ratings will be out early Tuesday.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/7 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 6.17 3.64 2.41 2.25


In late night, “Saturday Night Live” hit a season high with a 6.1/15 in metered market households and a 3.0/14 in adults 18-49. That beats the 5.8/15 and 2.7/14 for the season premiere, and NBC says it’s the best metered-market rating for an October “SNL” since 2008. It’s the best performance for any “SNL” since Nov. 7, 2015.

: 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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