Saturday TV Ratings 10/2/21: SNL Returns with New Low, iHeartRadio Music Festival Draws Average Ratings for first CW Saturday Airing, College Football Leads Primetime (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis:
ABC's 'IN v. Penn State' College Football game (0.6) was at about half of what last week's game garnered (1.16) but still has a chance to make up some ground with an adjustment in finals. Fox's 'MLB Regional Coverage' (0.3) was roughly at the same level as the week prior, once again trailing the alphabet network's sports offering. CBS had reruns of 'FBI: International' (0.2), 'Magnum PI' (0.2), and an original '48 Hours' (0.2). NBC had an encore of 'Ordinary Joe' (0.2) and 'SNL Vintage' (0.3) in primetime, with the season debut of 'SNL' occupying the 11:30pm slot. Buoyed by host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves, 'Saturday Night Live' garnered a 1.3 A18-49 rating in Top 25 markets, marking a new low for the Lorne Michaels sketch-comedy series. The CW aired programming on Saturday for the first time with its broadcast of the 'iHeartRadio Music Festival' (0.1). This was a pretty decent result by the network's standards, especially since many original dramas have fallen to a 0.0 on other nights. 

Finals Update: College Football (+0.3) and 48 Hours (+0.1) adjusted up. Dateline NBC (-0.1) and the repeat of Ordinary Joe (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMCollege Football: IN v. Penn State0.85/84.00ABC

MLB Regional Coverage0.29/31.65Fox

FBI: International (R)0.22/21.93CBS

Ordinary Joe (R)0.14/11.12NBC

iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 10.07/10.40The CW
9 PMDateline NBC0.24/22.39NBC

Magnum PI (R)0.20/221.88CBS
10 PMSNL Vintage0.30/31.70NBC

48 Hours0.27/22.62CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live (P)0.92/104.94NBC
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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