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Saturday Final Nationals: Record FS1 Audience for Cubs NLCS Clincher

Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga Lift NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' to New Season-High, Best October 'SNL' Ratings in Eight Years

Sports cable network FS1 dominated the TV landscape Saturday night with its coverage of the Chicago Cubs’ first National League pennant in 71 years as a result of their 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the “National League Championship Series.” The game delivered 9.706 million viewers and a 6.3 overnight rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated telecast in FS1 history, according to fast national figures released by Nielsen Media Research.

Dodgers-Cubs 2016 NLCS Game 6 marks the most-watched LCS telecast on any network since 2010 (San Francisco Giants-Philadelphia Phillies on Fox 11.639 million). The game peaked at 12.213 million viewers on FS1 between 10:30 PM – 10:45 PM ET as Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman induced a double-play ball to end the series.

In Chicago, NLCS Game 6 delivered an astounding 25.8/46 metered market rating/share, FS1’s best ever for the market. Almost 1.1 million households within the Chicago market tuned in to the final inning of the game.

Los Angeles registered a 10.2/23.

Following the final out of the game, baseball fans stuck with FS1’s trophy presentation and postgame show airing from 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM ET, delivering a 2.27 metered market rating/share, its best this postseason.

On the digital front, FOX Sports GO’s average minute audience for the game was 110,506 viewers. Saturday night’s game delivered 273,000 total viewers on FOX Deportes, peaking at 397,000 between 10:30 PM – 10:45 PM ET. Overall, the 2016 NLCS is the most-watched LCS in the history of Spanish language television.

On FS1, the 2016 NLCS averaged 6.953 million viewers over the six games, up +80 percent from last year’s ALCS (vs. 3.854 million viewers) and +56 percent from San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLCS on FS1 in 2014 (vs. 4.459 million viewers) that ended in five games. All ten of FS1’s most-watched events are MLB Postseason games, including eight (all of them involving the Chicago Cubs) from the 2016 postseason.

In late night, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” rose to a season-high in both metered-market households and adults 18-49 in the local people meters, scoring its best results for any October telecast in eight years. The episode, hosted by Tom Hanks with musical guest Lady Gaga, generated a 6.1 rating, 15 share in “live plus same day” household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 3.0/14 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. For an October edition, they’re the highest “Saturday Night Live” overnights since Oct. 25, 2008 (7.1/16 in metered-market households, 4.0 rating in 18-49 in the local people meters with host Jon Hamm and musical guest Coldplay). Counting all “Saturday Night Live” telecasts, it’s the top-rated in metered-market households since Nov. 7, 2015 and highest in 18-49 in the local people meters since Dec. 21, 2013.

(Sources: Fox Sports, Jeff Nuich of CSN Chicago, NBC)

Ratings grids and sub-demos and cable information to come in next update…

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Saturday, October 22, 2016
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.7/7 6425 1.3/7 1.7/7 2.1/7
8:00 Saturday Night Football Pre-Game (s) 247 94 2.7/5 4406 0.8/4 0.9/4 1.2/5
8:06 Saturday Night Football Ohio State @ Penn State (thru 11:55) 247 94 3.9/8 6478 1.4/7 1.8/7 2.3/7
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/4 3547 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
8:00 Crimetime Saturday MacGyver (r) 254 94 2.1/4 3203 0.4/2 0.6/3 0.8/3
9:00 Crimetime Saturday NCIS (r) 254 94 2.4/4 3625 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:00 48 Hours 254 94 2.6/5 3812 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.4/3 2180 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
8:00 Superstore (r) 240 94 1.0/2 1513 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:30 Movie Identity Theft (2013) 242 94 1.5/3 2314 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.4/3 2347 0.5/3 0.6/3 0.8/3
8:01 Fox College Football Kickoff (s) 253 94 1.5/3 2439 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
8:11 Fox College Football Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech (thru 12:24am) 253 94 1.4/3 2343 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.6/1 1040 0.4/2
6:55 Crónicas de Sábado 0.8/2 1253 0.4/2
7:55 Fútbol Mexicano Querétaro vs. América (s) 0.6/1 1139 0.5/2
10:00 Crónicas de Sábado (s) 0.5/1 846 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 557 0.2/1
7:00 Cine Gran Hotel (1944) 0.3/1 523 0.2/1
9:00 Cine Acto de Valor (2012) 0.3/1 501 0.2/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Saturday 10/22/16

Saturday Night Football: Ohio State @ Penn State” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 1.9/9
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 2.3/9

48 Hours” (CBS, 10pm)
Women 18-34: 0.3/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Movie: Identity Thief (2013)” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

College Football: Oklahoma @ Texas Tech” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
Women 18-34: 0.22
Men 18-34: 0.08
Women 18-49: 0.37
Men 18-49: 0.11

MLB National League Championship Series Game 6: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs” (FS1)
5.21 household rating
9.706 million viewers
Women 18-34: 1.47
Men 18-34: 2.65
Women 18-49: 1.92
Men 18-49: 3.39

College Football: Ole Miss @ LSU” (ESPN, 9:21 p.m.-12:39 a.m.)
1.58 household rating
2.669 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.52
Men 18-34: 1.05
Women 18-49: 0.63
Men 18-49: 1.26

College Football: Houston @ SMU” (ESPN2, 7:10-10:46)
0.30 household rating
0.473 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.05
Men 18-34: 0.15
Women 18-49: 0.08
Men 18-49: 0.18

Liga MX: Queretaro @ América” (UDN, 7:55-10:00 p.m.)
0.28 household rating
0.572 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.18
Men 18-49: 0.33

Liga MX: Leon @ Monarcas” (UDN, 10:00 p.m.-12:04 a.m.)
0.15 household rating
0.266 million viewers
Women 18-34: 0.05
Men 18-34: 0.10
Women 18-49: 0.08
Men 18-49: 0.18

For the entire week of October 17-23, 2016 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is down 2 percent in viewership (0.911 million vs. 0.930 million) and down 4 percent among Adults 18-49 (533,000 vs. 555,000) from one week earlier; the network is also down -16 percent in total viewership (0.911 million vs. 1.079 million) and down -14 percent among Adults 18-49 (533,000 vs. 617,000) from the same week one year ago (October 19-25, 2015). (http://programminginsider.com/?p=12103)







Adult Swim PROGRAM HH Viewers
(000)
A18-49
rating
9:00 Bob’s Burgers (r) 0.53 887 0.35
9:30 Bob’s Burgers (r) 0.64 1079 0.44
ProgrammingInsider.com
10:00 American Dad (r) 0.82 1372 0.56
10:30 American Dad (r) 0.92 1443 0.58
11:00 Family Guy (r) 1589 0.64
11:30 Family Guy (r) 1698 0.75

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Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
12:00a Dragon Ball Z Kai 1423 0.66 851
12:30a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 1094 0.50 645
1:00a Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 926 0.43 546
1:30a Hunter X Hunter 887 0.42 539
ProgrammingInsider.com
2:00a Naruto: Shippuden 863 0.41 532
2:30a One Piece 761 0.38 483
3:00a One-Punch Man (r) 740 0.37 477






Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
3:30a Bob’s Burgers (r) 695 0.35
4:00a Bob’s Burgers (r) 718 0.37
4:30a American Dad (r) 751 0.38
ProgrammingInsider.com
5:00a American Dad (r) 780 0.39
5:30a King of the Hill (r) 845 0.42

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Saturday 10/22/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Sat Night Pre Game …. 0.95 … 0.95
    CFB: OhioSt/PennSt … 1.83 … 1.84
    MacGyver-r …………….. 0.61 … 0.63
    NCIS-r ……………………. 0.49 … 0.52
    48 Hours ………………… 0.61 … 0.69
    Superstore-r ……………. 0.27 … 0.28
    Movie: Identity Theft …. 0.56 … 0.57
    CFB Pre Kick …………… 0.69 … 0.69
    CFB: OklaSt/TexTech … 0.65 … 0.66


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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Sat Night Pre Game … 4407 … 4420
    CFB: OhioSt/PennSt .. 6481 … 6511
    MacGyver-r ……………. 3204 … 3257
    NCIS-r …………………… 3626 … 3915
    48 Hours ……………….. 3813 … 4253
    Superstore-r …………… 1513 … 1542
    Movie: Identity Theft … 2313 … 2383
    CFB Pre Kick ………….. 2439 … 2443
    CFB: OklaSt/TexTech . 2343 … 2358

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