Saturday TV Ratings 1/30/21: Saturday Night Live Returns Steady, NBA Game Weaker but Still Leads Primetime (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: ABC beat all other 8-10 programs with its broadcast of the 'Lakers v. Celtics' NBA game (0.5). The latter led out of a lower-rated 'NBA Countdown' special (0.3). NBC wasn't far behind with repeats of 'Ellen's Game of Games' (0.3), 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.4), and 'SNL Vintage' (0.4). The original episode of 'SNL' at 11:30 posted a 1.44 A18-49 rating, on-par with its winter finale (1.4). CBS had a rerun of 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.2) and a sturdy pair of '48 Hours' (0.3/0.4), one an encore and one original. Fox got a middling number out of 'Boxing' (0.3).

Finals Update: NBA: Lakers v. Celtics (+0.3) and PBC Boxing (+0.1) adjusted up. The repeats of Ellen's Game of Games (-0.1), Law & Order: SVU (-0.2) adjusted down. 



18-49 Rating/Share

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8 PMBoxing

NBA Countdown

Ellen's Game of Games (R)0.24/21.63NBC

NCIS: New Orleans (R)0.23/22.40CBS
8:30 PMNBA: Lakers v. Celtics0.81/62.74ABC
9 PM48 Hours (R)0.31/22.61CBS

Law & Order: SVU (R)0.18/21.28NBC
10 PMSNL Vintage0.38/32.08NBC

48 Hours 0.38/33.20CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live1.44/126.69NBC
(R) = repeat

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