Saturday TV Ratings 10/16/21: Saturday Night Live Sets New Low, College Football on ABC Leads, 48 Hours Slips (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Accompanied by host Rami Malek and musical guest Young Thug, 'Saturday Night Live' slid down to a 1.3 A18-49 rating in the Top 25 markets. This was three-tenths below last week's Kim Kardashian-hosted installment but steady with its October 2nd series low. Earlier in the evening, NBC had a rerun of 'La Brea' (0.2), 'Dateline' (0.3), and 'SNL Vintage' (0.3). Fox's 'College Football Extra' broadcast (0.7) was strong in the 8pm hour but the 'UCLA v. WA' game (0.3) dropped dramatically from there at 8:30. ABC's 'TCU v. OK' college football game (0.7) was two-tenths behind the preliminary rating of the week-ago one but tied Fox for the top telecast of the night. CBS got decent mileage out of a pair of 'Ghosts' reruns (0.2/0.2) but encores of 'B Positive' (0.1) and 'United States of Al' (0.1) slipped from there. '48 Hours' (0.2) picked up the slack in the 10pm slot. 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' (0.1) and 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.1) were stable on the CW.

Finals Update: College Football: TCU v. OK (+0.1) and the repeat of B Positive (+0.1) adjusted up. Dateline (-0.1) and the repeat of La Brea (-0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMMLB ALCS1.09/115.01Fox

College Football: TCU v. OK0.78/73.43ABC

Ghosts (R)0.22/22.04CBS

La Brea (R)0.14/11.29NBC

Whose Line Is It Anyway?0.08/10.61The CW
8:30 PMCollege Football: UCLA v. WA0.31/31.53Fox

Ghosts (R)0.22/22.04CBS

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.07/10.55The CW
9 PMDateline NBC0.20/21.96NBC

B Positive (R)0.16/11.42CBS

World's Funniest Animals0.06/10.47The CW
9:30 PMUnited States of Al (R)
World's Funniest Animals (R)
The CW
10 PMSNL Vintage0.27/21.91NBC

48 Hours0.23/22.36CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live0.824.85NBC
(R) = repeat

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