Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, October 29, 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. World Series Game 4 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 3.8/12 15.06
Saturday Night College Football (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.4/5 4.65
Dateline Mystery (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.6/3 3.6
Hawaii Five-O (CBS) – R 0.4/1 2.82
9 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS) – R 0.4/1 2.46
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 3.99
SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.6/3 2.67


Similar to the past few nights, FOX’s continued coverage of the World Series games between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs dominated over the rest of the shows in the Saturday ratings this week. While it was down compared to the Game 3 numbers as well, Game 4 of the Series scored a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49, with 15.1 million viewers, making this the most-watched Game 4 since 2013.

Meanwhile, “Saturday Night College Football” experienced a minor dip from its previous ratings last week, as the Clemson vs Florida State game scored a 1.4 last night, three tenths lower than last week’s 1.7.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/5 0.5/2 3.8/12 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 4.65 3.09 15.06 3.29


: 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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