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Saturday Final Nationals: ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC Delivers Eight-Year Season Premiere Ratings High

Louisville-Clemson on ABC Draws Second-Largest College Football Audience This Season To-Date

ABC dominated Saturday prime time with “Saturday Night Football” which featured a matchup of two teams from the Associated Press top-5, No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson with Clemson prevailing 42-36 in a thriller. The game’s opposing quarterbacks are contenders for this year’s Heisman Trophy: Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

Louisville-Clemson ranks as the second most-watched game of the current college football regular season to-date, behind the 11.09 million who watched or streamed Notre Dame-Texas (on ABC or WatchESPN) from Sep. 4. ESPN reports a streaming average minute audience of 200,000 viewers for the game as well.

The top ten markets for Louisville-Clemson were: Louisville (24.9 local rating), Greenville, S.C. (20.1), Columbus, OH (14.4), Birmingham (14.0), Nashville (11.7), Charlotte (11.6), Atlanta (11.0), Knoxville (10.9), Jacksonville (10.7), Dayton (10.5).

In late night, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” opened its 42nd season to its highest season-debut total audience in eight years, according to “live plus same day” official national viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. The Sept. 13, 2008 telecast, which was hosted by Michael Phelps and featured musical guest Lil Wayne as well as an appearance by Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin, averaged 10.151 million viewers overall.

With a telecast hosted by Margot Robbie and featuring musical guest The Weeknd, as well as appearances by Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Oct. 1, 2016 edition of “Saturday Night Live” averaged averaged 8.297 million viewers, up +31 percent or nearly 2 million persons from the 6.323 million that viewed the Oct. 3, 2015 season-opening telecast.

In adults 18-49, the 42nd “Saturday Night Live” season premiere averaged a 2.34 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49, for a +29 percent increase on the year-ago debut (1.82). It’s the highest-rated “SNL” season premiere in 18-49 since Sept. 28, 2013 (2.39 with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire).

For more in-depth on the 42nd “Saturday Night Live” season premiere, read Marc Berman’s column at Campaign US.

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Saturday, October 1, 2016
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.3/10 9294 2.8/14 3.2/13 3.5/12
8:00 Saturday Night Football Louisville @ Clemson (thru 12:20am) 246 94 5.8/11 9294 2.8/14 3.2/13 3.6/12
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.6/5 3896 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 Crimetime Saturday Scorpion (r) 254 94 2.0/4 3095 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:00 48 Hours (r) 254 94 2.5/5 3709 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
10:00 48 Hours 254 94 3.3/7 4882 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.2/4
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.5/3 2373 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
8:00 The Good Place (r) 242 94 1.2/2 1783 0.2/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:30 The Good Place (r) 242 94 1.2/2 1849 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.6/2
9:00 The Good Place (r) 242 94 1.3/2 1964 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.6/2
9:30 The Good Place (r) 242 94 1.3/2 2050 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.6/2
10:00 Saturday Night Live (r) 242 94 2.1/4 3295 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.9/2 1468 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
5:06 College Football Oklahoma @ TCU 1.3 2044 0.6
8:50 Fox College Football Post Gun (s) 1.1/2 1894 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
8:54 College Football Arizona State @ USC (thru 12:11am) 252 94 0.9/2 1459 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.4/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1345 0.6/2
6:55 Crónicas de Juan Gabriel: Lo que usted no ha visto (s) 1.1/2 1732 0.5/3
7:55 Fútbol Liga MX América vs. Monterrey (s) 0.8/2 1395 0.6/3
9:59 Fútbol Liga MX Morelia vs. Guadalajara (s) (thru 12:01am) 0.7/1 1263 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 612 0.2/1
7:00 Cine Ni Sangre, Ni Arena (1941) 0.4/1 649 0.2/1
9:00 Cine Desafio Final (1996) 0.3/1 544 0.2/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Saturday 10/01/16

Saturday Night Football: Louisville @ Clemson” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.9/10
Men 18-34: 3.6/20
Women 18-49: 2.2/9
Men 18-49: 4.3/18

48 Hours” (CBS, 10pm)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

College Football: Arizona State @ USC” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

College Football: Kentucky @ Alabama” (ESPN)
1.87 household rating
3.190 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.55
Men 18-34: 0.89
Women 18-49: 0.69
Men 18-49: 1.20

College Football: Arizona @ UCLA” (ESPN)
0.67 household rating
1.027 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.17
Men 18-34: 0.47
Women 18-49: 0.20
Men 18-49: 0.47

Liga MX: Morelia vs. Guadalajara” (UDN)
0.27 household rating
0.512 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.11
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.14
Men 18-49: 0.34

MOVIE: Deadpool” (HBO)
1.09 household rating
1.752 million viewers

Women 18-34: 0.31
Men 18-34: 0.62
Women 18-49: 0.56
Men 18-49: 0.92

For the entire week of September 26-October 2, 2016 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is down 3 percent in total viewership (0.910 million vs. 0.942 million) and down 2 percent among Adults 18-49 (533,000 vs. 542,000) from one week earlier; the network is also down -13 percent in total viewership (0.910 million vs. 1.052 million) and down -14 percent among Adults 18-49 (533,000 vs. 618,000) from the same week one year ago (September 28-October 4, 2015). (http://programminginsider.com/?p=11528)







Adult Swim PROGRAM HH Viewers
(000)
A18-49
rating
9:00 Bob’s Burgers (r) 0.57 940 0.38
9:30 Bob’s Burgers (r) 0.63 1047 0.47
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10:00 American Dad (r) 0.79 1311 0.59
10:30 American Dad (r) 0.89 1507 0.63
11:00 Family Guy (r) 1693 0.76
11:30 Family Guy (r) 1662 0.74

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Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
12:00a Dragon Ball Z Kai 1255 0.58 740
12:30a One-Punch Man 1201 0.55 702
1:00a Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 831 0.38 489
1:30a Hunter X Hunter 816 0.38 493
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2:00a Naruto: Shippuden 783 0.37 475
2:30a One Piece 677 0.31 396
3:00a Parasyte: The Maxim (r) 584 0.27 352
3:30a Parasyte: The Maxim (r) 536 0.25 320
4:00a Parasyte: The Maxim (r) 518 0.25 324




Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
4:30a American Dad (r) 544 0.28
5:00a American Dad (r) 570 0.30
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5:30a King of the Hill (r) 597 0.30

Cable Rankings – Saturday 10/01/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Saturday, October 1:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No* D-No* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
88 76 FIRST 48 AC A&E 9:00 PM 60 551 0.14
101 71 FIRST 48 AC A&E 10:00 PM 63 516 0.15
45 14 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 940 0.38
36 11 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1047 0.47
20 8 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1311 0.59
13 6 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1507 0.63
41 66 DR. DEE: ALASKA VET APL 8:00 PM 60 1001 0.16
32 64 DR. DEE: ALASKA VET APL 9:00 PM 60 1077 0.17
60 96 LIFE AT VET U APL 10:00 PM 60 769 0.08
71 63 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: MEET THE BROWNS BET 8:00 PM 165 640 0.17
53 70 CNN SPECIAL REPORT: ALMOST PRESIDENT: THE AGONY OF DEFEAT CNN 8:00 PM 60 859 0.16
79 90 PARTS UNKNOWN: HANOI CNN 9:00 PM 60 594 0.11
72 79 PARTS UNKNOWN: RUSSIA CNN 10:00 PM 60 637 0.13
34 47 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 1062 0.22
30 46 BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER DSNY 8:30 PM 30 1089 0.22
27 36 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 9:00 PM 30 1160 0.24
23 35 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:30 PM 30 1217 0.24
36 53 GAMERS GUIDE DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1047 0.20
44 61 KIRBY BUCKETS DSNY 10:30 PM 30 944 0.18
90 80 LION GUARD DISJR 8:00 PM 25 545 0.13
95 74 MOLANG DISJR 8:25 PM 5 537 0.14
92 78 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 8:30 PM 25 544 0.13
75 67 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:55 PM 25 604 0.16
99 83 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:20 PM 25 519 0.12
96 89 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 9:45 PM 25 536 0.11
97 87 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 10:10 PM 25 523 0.12
1 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: KENTUCKY / ALABAMA ESPN 7:05 PM 196 3190 0.95
17 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN 10:21 PM 15 1442 0.44
39 18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: ARIZONA / UCLA ESPN 10:36 PM 210 1027 0.33
84 68 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: MEMPHIS / OLE MISS ESPN2 7:00 PM 208 566 0.16
61 43 HALLOWEEN WARS 5 FOOD 8:00 PM 60 766 0.23
54 38 HALLOWEEN WARS 5 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 853 0.24
48 34 HALLOWEEN WARS 5 FOOD 10:00 PM 60 922 0.25
18 94 WATTERS WORLD FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 1408 0.10
16 97 JUSTICE W/ JUDGE JEANINE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 1453 0.08
40 92 GREG GUTFELD SHOW FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 1020 0.10
85 51 SATURDAY MOVIE: HITCH FRFM 6:50 PM 160 558 0.21
68 23 SATURDAY MOVIE: TITANIC FRFM 9:30 PM 270 718 0.28
25 13 FX MOVIE PRIME: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 FX 6:00 PM 150 1174 0.42
47 16 FX MOVIE PRIME: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 FX 8:30 PM 150 933 0.34
14 62 HALLMARK MOVIE: OCTOBER KISS HALL 7:00 PM 120 1493 0.18
2 29 HALLMARK ORIGINAL MOVIE: LOVE ON A LIMB HALL 9:00 PM 120 2325 0.25
77 102 MYSTERY THEATER: COLUMBO HMM 7:30 PM 90 599 0.04
74 101 MYSTERY THEATER: COLUMBO HMM 9:00 PM 90 619 0.04
83 103 MYSTERY THEATER: COLUMBO HMM 10:30 PM 90 568 0.04
7 2 DEADPOOL HBO 8:00 PM 108 1752 0.74
66 17 BREAK HBO 9:48 PM 2 741 0.34
28 49 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1130 0.21
21 26 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1302 0.27
29 54 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 10:00 PM 63 1099 0.20
38 42 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1041 0.23
35 41 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENOVATION HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1061 0.23
24 33 HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1189 0.25
92 100 THE VIRGINIAN INSP 8:00 PM 90 544 0.05
55 59 DEADLY DOCTORS ID 8:00 PM 60 819 0.20
56 60 DEADLY WOMEN ID 9:00 PM 60 781 0.19
63 48 TRUE NIGHTMARES ID 10:00 PM 60 756 0.21
99 85 MOVIE: ARE YOU MY DAUGHTER LMN 8:00 PM 120 519 0.12
33 45 MOVIE- ACQUIRED PREM: MY HUSBAND IS MISSING LIF 8:00 PM 122 1074 0.22
78 82 MOVIE- CO PRO RPT: A WIFE’S NIGHTMARE LIF 10:02 PM 120 597 0.13
62 75 PEPPA PIG NKJR 8:00 PM 30 765 0.14
58 73 PEPPA PIG NKJR 8:30 PM 30 778 0.14
65 86 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:00 PM 30 750 0.12
67 84 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:30 PM 30 725 0.12
70 88 TEAM UMIZOOMI NKJR 10:00 PM 24 664 0.11
87 95 TEAM UMIZOOMI NKJR 10:24 PM 24 556 0.09
89 93 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 10:48 PM 24 550 0.10
52 57 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 862 0.20
50 39 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 908 0.24
9 24 HENRY DANGER NICK 8:00 PM 30 1599 0.28
19 50 GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1357 0.21
42 69 SCHOOL OF ROCK NICK 9:00 PM 30 964 0.16
51 72 THUNDERMANS NICK 9:30 PM 30 874 0.15
81 52 IYANLA, FIX MY LIFE OWN 9:00 PM 60 586 0.21
22 15 COPS (O) SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 1265 0.35
26 19 COPS SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 1163 0.32
31 20 JAIL: BIG TEXAS SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 1086 0.31
49 27 COPS (O) SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 919 0.27
43 21 COPS (O) SPIKE 10:00 PM 30 949 0.28
76 56 SPIKE TV MOVIE: THE EXPENDABLES SPIKE 10:30 PM 150 600 0.20
80 58 SYFY MOVIE: JEEPERS CREEPRS 2 SYFY 7:00 PM 120 592 0.20
59 40 SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIE: CROOKED MAN, THE SYFY 9:00 PM 120 772 0.23
12 10 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1510 0.50
8 9 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1730 0.59
6 7 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1823 0.60
5 5 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1976 0.64
3 3 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2177 0.72
4 4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2070 0.69
46 32 LEGO:JL VS BL TOON 8:00 PM 60 934 0.25
90 55 MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY TLC 10:00 PM 60 545 0.20
64 30 GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 9:00 PM 60 754 0.25
82 65 DEAD FILES TRAV 10:00 PM 60 569 0.17
57 22 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: TRANSFORMERS TNT 8:00 PM 180 779 0.28
94 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 540 0.10
73 81 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 631 0.13
69 77 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 692 0.13
85 25 LIGA MX SAT: MONTERREY / AMERICA UDN 7:55 PM 124 558 0.27
102 37 LIGA MX 2 SAT: GUADALAJARA / MONARCAS UDN 9:59 PM 122 512 0.24
15 44 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1461 0.23
11 31 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1517 0.25
10 28 NCIS USA 10:00 PM 60 1561 0.26
98 98 BLUE BLOODS WGNA 8:00 PM 60 522 0.07
103 99 BLUE BLOODS WGNA 9:00 PM 60 509 0.06

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 10/01/2016

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    CFB: L’ville/Clems ….. 3.24 … 3.26
    Scorpion-r …………….. 0.50 … 0.56
    48 Hours-r …………….. 0.63 … 0.71
    48 Hours ……………….. 0.83 … 0.93
    Good Place-r-8:00 ….. 0.36 … 0.39
    Good Place-r-8:30 ….. 0.41 … 0.46
    Good Place-r-9:00 ….. 0.42 … 0.47
    Good Place-r-9:30 ….. 0.44 … 0.48
    SNL-r ……………………. 0.80 … 0.87
    CFB Post Gun ………… 0.59 … 0.59
    CFB: Ariz St/USC ……. 0.41 … 0.41

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    CFB: L’ville/Clems ….. 9291 … 9361
    Scorpion-r …………….. 3096 … 3375
    48 Hours-r …………….. 3710 … 4013
    48 Hours ……………….. 4883 … 5470
    Good Place-r-8:00 ….. 1780 … 1841
    Good Place-r-8:30 ….. 1849 … 1998
    Good Place-r-9:00 ….. 1964 … 2061
    Good Place-r-9:30 ….. 2050 … 2146
    SNL-r ……………………. 3295 … 3625
    CFB Post Gun ……….. 1894 … 1897
    CFB: Ariz St/USC …… 1459 … 1465