Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, October 19, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.6/9 6.25
Jurassic World (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.4/2 1.93
The Masked Singer (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.66
Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS) – R 0.2/1 1.75
9 p.m. The Masked Singer (FOX) – R 0.4/2 2.05
FBI (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.07
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/2 2.99


The main event of Saturday night primetime was the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

ABC’s broadcast of the event scored a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, with an average of 6.25 million viewers across its three-hour broadcast. This blew all of its competition out of the water, and easily defeated the 0.9 with 3.56 million viewers of the Penn State vs. Iowa game that topped last week.

The second strongest broadcast of the night, a new episode of CBS’ “48 Hours,” was about one-fourth of the college football game’s strength; scoring a 0.4 with 2.99 million viewers, however, it did remain on par with its performance from last week. CBS’ other outings included reruns of “Bob Hearts Abishola” at 0.2, and “FBI” at 0.3.

On NBC, a showing of “Jurassic World” picked up a 0.4 in the demo and was watched by 1.93 million people. Meanwhile, FOX took the night off entirely, airing back-to-back reruns of “The Masked Singer” each at 0.4.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/9 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 6.25 1.93 1.86 2.27


Over in late-night, a Woody Harrelson-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” featuring Billie Eilish as a musical guest averaged a 2.4 rating in metered-market households, and a 0.8 in adults 18-49. This was lower than the 3.8 rating last week’s David Harbour-hosted episode scored, with less than half its 1.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.


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.

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