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TV Ratings Saturday: ‘Saturday Night Live’ steady, FOX and NBC lead primetime


Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Note: FOX’s live UFC coverage may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Saturday:

TimeShowAdults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m.UFC Fight Night (FOX) (8-10 p.m.)0.6/31.78
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R0.5/23.64
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC) – S0.5/22.55
Will & Grace (NBC) – R0.4/22.13
8:30 p.m.Superstore (NBC) – R0.5/21.96
9 p.m.Dateline (NBC)0.6/33.19
SWAT (CBS) – R0.5/23.26
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)0.3/11.53
10 p.m.48 Hours (CBS)0.6/33.94
SNL Vintage (NBC)0.6/32.89
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)0.2/11.38

Saturday was a pretty quiet night on the broadcast networks in primetime, with NBC and FOX sharing the lead among adults 18-49.

“UFC Fight Night” on FOX drew a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. That was good enough to tie for the lead in the demographic with NBC’s “Dateline” and “SNL Vintage” and CBS’ “48 Hours.”

“Ten Days in the Valley” returned to ABC with predictably low numbers, drawing 0.3 and 0.2 for its two episodes.

In late night, “Saturday Night Live” ended 2017 with ratings on par with last week. The show was up slightly in metered-market households (4.6 vs. 4.5) and tied its second-best mark of the season. In adults 18-49, the episode’s 2.0 was down a little from last week’s 2.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share0.6/30.6/30.5/20.3/1
Total Viewers (millions)2.701.783.611.82


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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