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ABC and CBS Top Ratings-Challenged Saturday

Figure Skating on NBC and Boxing on Fox Do Not Resonate

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Saturday, January 23 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 5.14 million, NBC: 3.69, ABC: 3.49, Fox: 2.23

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 1.2 rating/4 share, CBS: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 2, NBC: 0.6/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – NBA Countdown
Viewers: 2.49 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#1t)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 4.62 million (#1), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#1t)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 3.51 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#1t)

Fox – Boxing
Viewers: 2.15 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#1t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Viewers: 3.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 5.07 million (#1), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 3.33 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Boxing
Viewers: 2.27 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#2)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Viewers: 3.78 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours (R)
Viewers: 4.86 million (#1), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 3.45 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Boxing
Viewers: 2.17 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Viewers: 3.61 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours (R)
Viewers: 5.08 million (#1), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2t)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 3.64 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

Fox – Boxing
Viewers: 2.35 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2t)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Viewers: 3.82 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.43 million (#1), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 3.90 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – NBA Basketball: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Viewers: 4.14 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)

CBS – 48 Hours
Viewers: 5.78 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Figure Skating (U.S. Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate)
Viewers: 4.34 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” TOPS SEASON AVERAGES, YEAR-AGO RESULTS

    NBC SPORTS’ PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONCHIPS GROWS TO ITS TOP RATINGS IN A NON-WINTER OLYMPIC YEAR SINCE 2012

    UPDATE: Averages have been updated with results from the New York market. Key updates in red.

    In Late-Night Metered-Market Household Averages for Saturday Night:

    · The Jan. 23 telecast of “Saturday Night Live,” with host Ronda Rousey and musical guest Selena Gomez (and featuring an appearance by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin), averaged a 5.0 rating, 12 share in household results from the 56 markets metered-by Nielsen Media Research (the Raleigh-Durham market is currently excluded, ratings may include some preemptions for local weather coverage) and a 2.5/11 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    · “Saturday Night Live” was the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, ahead of all primetime programming on those networks in both measures.

    · “Saturday Night Live” is up +9% versus the show’s season averages for originals in households (5.0 vs. 4.6) and up +14% 18-49 in the local people meters (2.5 vs. 2.2).

    · Versus the same night last year, “SNL” grew +6% in metered-market households (5.0 vs. 4.7 on Jan. 24, 2015) and up +14% in 18-49 in the local people meters (2.5 vs. 2.2).

    · Note that “SNL” adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with originals growing by +52% going from L+SD to L+7 in adults 18-49 (1.84 to 2.79) and +2.252 million persons in total viewers (6.236 million to 8.488 million).

    Saturday Primetime Ratings (Note: Some local preemptions for weather coverage):

    · NBC Sports’ primetime coverage of the “U.S. Figure Skating Championships” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall from 8-11 p.m. ET) is up +20% or 0.1 of a point versus NBC Sports’ year-ago coverage in adults 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5 on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015) and up +11% in total viewers (3.695 million vs. 3.334 million).

    · These are the top “U.S. Figure Skating Championship” primetime ratings in a non-Winter Olympic year since 2012 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.711 million viewers overall). In 18-49, the 0.6 equals the event’s highest rating in a non-Olympic year since 2009 (0.8/2).

    · From its first half-hour to its sixth, the “U.S. Figure Skating Championships” grew by 0.2 of a point or +33% in 18-49 rating (0.6 to 0.8) and by +24% in total viewers (3.5 million to 4.3 million).

    NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.