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January 4, 2017
 

UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.31.2016

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NETWORK FINALS:  The 10PM hour of NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN EVE rose 0.1 in final numbers, as did A TOAST TO 2016.  In late night, ABC ended up at 6.5 in the 11:30PM-1AM slot, then 2.5 for the final segment, while NBC was at 2.8 and FOX was at 1.7.

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Official Nationals Program Ratings Chart  (Primetime and Late Night)

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CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:  ESPN’s COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMI-FINALS were huge, with 5.55 for the Clemson vs. Ohio State game (plus 0.21 for an ESPN2 simulcast) and 5.26 for Alabama vs. Washington (plus 0.22 for the simulcast), while the morning appetizer of Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky was at 0.68, with the rest of the Top 10 taken up by the network’s related programming.  The late-night news channel New Year’s Eve coverage went as it often does for CNN and Fox News, with the former ahead in the 18-49 demo (peaking at 0.67 for the 12:30AM half-hour), and the latter lagging in the demo (0.42 for the midnight hour) but ahead in the older-skewing Total Viewers metric (2.5M vs. 2.1M).  The highest-rated entertainment programming of the day was a 7:30AM Cartoon Network JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION episode at 0.24.  On Food Network, VALERIE’S HOME COOKING and KITCHEN AT FN were both at 0.23.  

Top 50 Original Cable Telecasts with Demographic Detail

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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts
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Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts: Saturday December 31, 2016 P18-49 P2+
Rank Program Net Start Mins Rating (000s)
1 CFP SEMIFINAL SUST L ESPN 6:17 PM 21 5.57 18,915
2 CFP SEMIFINAL  L: OHIO STATE/CLEMSON ESPN 7:10 PM 202 5.55 18,396
3 CFP SEMIFINAL  L: WASHINGTON/ALABAMA ESPN 3:12 PM 185 5.26 18,397
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN 6:56 PM 14 4.78 15,665
5 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN 6:38 PM 18 4.72 15,091
6 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN 10:32 PM 24 3.14 9,782
7 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN 2:56 PM 16 2.64 9,791
8 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN 2:33 PM 23 1.63 6,051
9 SPORTSCENTER LATE       L ESPN 10:56 PM 65 1.32 3,607
10 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L: GEORGIA TECH/KENTUCKY ESPN 11:00 AM 213 0.68 2,647
11 NEW YEARS EVE LIVE CNN 12:30 AM 35 0.67 2,114
12 NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC: N/A CNN 8:00 PM 270 0.54 1,892
13 SPORTSCENTER 12AM  L ESPN 12:01 AM 59 0.54 1,452
14 ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 60 0.42 2,519
15 ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 60 0.41 2,404
16 COLLEGE GAMEDAY         L: N/A ESPN 8:00 AM 180 0.39 1,204
17 COUNTDOWN TO 2017 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 PM 60 0.33 1,932
18 PREMIER LEAGUE L: MIDDLESBROUGH/MANCHESTER UNITED NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:52 AM 129 0.26 586
19 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 6:57 AM 63 0.26 650
20 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN2 6:56 PM 14 0.25 986
21 JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION THE CARTOON NETWORK 7:30 AM 30 0.24 664
22 DEADPOOL HBO PRIME 10:00 PM 108 0.24 576
23 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN2 6:38 PM 18 0.24 883
24 VALERIES HOME COOKING FOOD NETWORK 12:00 PM 30 0.23 1,098
25 CFP SEMIFINAL SUST L ESPN2 6:17 PM 21 0.23 985
26 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 6:00 AM 57 0.23 571
27 KITCHEN AT FN, THE FOOD NETWORK 11:00 AM 60 0.23 1,266
28 COUNTDOWN TO 2017 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.22 1,450
29 CFP SEMI MEGACAST  L: WASHINGTON/ALABAMA ESPN2 3:12 PM 185 0.22 947
30 PINKPRINT: NICKI FROM BK: PINKPRINT TOUR: NICKI MINAJ BKLYN BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 10:00 PM 120 0.22 598
31 GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL CHANNEL 9:00 PM 60 0.21 592
32 CFP SEMI MEGACAST  L: OHIO STATE/CLEMSON ESPN2 7:10 PM 202 0.21 841
33 FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.21 2,002
34 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 12:01 PM 31 0.20 432
35 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN2 2:56 PM 16 0.19 694
36 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L: DUKE/VIRGINIA TECH ESPN2 12:00 PM 124 0.19 645
37 COUNTDOWN TO 2017 FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 60 0.19 1,408
38 CRIMINAL (2016) HBO PRIME 8:00 PM 114 0.19 759
39 FORBES ON FOX FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 AM 30 0.18 1,570
40 CAVUTO ON BUSINESS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:30 AM 30 0.18 1,713
41 BULLS & BEARS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:00 AM 30 0.18 1,788
42 FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.18 1,842
43 CASHIN IN FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:30 AM 30 0.18 1,522
44 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 PM 60 0.17 1,450
45 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 11:00 AM 60 0.16 400
46 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 10:00 AM 60 0.16 823
47 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 PM 60 0.16 1,336
48 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 2:04 PM 52 0.15 447
49 MOVIE- LMN ACQUIRED PREM: IF LOOKS COULD KILL 2016 LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK 8:00 PM 120 0.15 678
50 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 2:00 PM 60 0.14 1,147
51 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 10:00 AM 60 0.14 368
52 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON HBO PRIME 11:50 PM 147 0.14 319
53 GREG GUTFELD SPECIAL FOX NEWS CHANNEL 5:00 PM 60 0.14 1,256
54 FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.13 1,357
55 FOX REPORT SATURDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 60 0.13 1,313
56 NEXT FRIDAY HBO PRIME 2:20 AM 98 0.13 265
57 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 60 0.12 812
58 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 9:00 AM 60 0.11 686
59 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L ESPN2 10:32 PM 24 0.11 482
60 CRIMINAL (2016) HBO PRIME 4:00 AM 114 0.11 269
61 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 PM 60 0.11 1,196
62 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 7:00 AM 60 0.11 365
63 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 60 0.11 707
64 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 9:00 AM 60 0.11 301
65 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS CHANNEL 4:00 PM 60 0.11 1,071
66 COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST L FOX SPORTS 1 1:16 PM 116 0.11 374
67 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 60 0.10 637
68 FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.10 978
69 JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 3:00 PM 60 0.09 967
70 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 60 0.09 681
71 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 60 0.09 613
72 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 60 0.09 611
73 PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIO NBC SPORTS NETWORK 9:00 AM 52 0.08 197
74 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 12:00 PM 60 0.08 535
75 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 60 0.08 714
76 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 10:00 AM 60 0.08 326
77 PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPO V. MANCH CI 12/31 NBC UNIVERSO 12:22 PM 131 0.08 142
78 HOT 20 COUNTDOWN: N/A CMT 9:00 AM 180 0.08 254
79 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 8:00 AM 60 0.08 296
80 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 60 0.07 536
81 AM JOY: N/A MSNBC 10:00 AM 120 0.07 556
82 PEANUTS MOVIE, THE HBO PRIME 10:00 AM 88 0.07 165
83 NYE COMEDY COUNTDOWN SUNDANCE TV 6:00 PM 90 0.07 217
84 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESPN2 10:56 PM 62 0.07 283
85 REMEMBER THE TITANS MAXPRIME 11:20 AM 113 0.07 149
86 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 1:00 PM 60 0.07 442
87 ICE AGE MELTDOWN: ICE AGE MELTDOWN TEENNICK 1:00 PM 120 0.07 268
88 NEW DAY SATURDAY CNN 8:00 AM 60 0.07 545
89 NBA REGULAR SEASON   L: LA CLIPPERS/OKLAHOMA CITY NBA-TV 8:00 PM 156 0.07 203
90 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN2 8:00 AM 60 0.07 182
91 NBA POSTGAME SHOW NBA-TV 10:36 PM 56 0.06 150
92 SCANDAL BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV 2:00 AM 60 0.06 150
93 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 11:00 AM 60 0.06 242
94 PERFORMANCE TV VELOCITY 9:30 AM 30 0.06 181
95 WEEKEND EXPRESS HLN 9:00 AM 60 0.06 274
96 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN2 3:00 AM 60 0.06 133
97 WWE SMACKDOWN – EN ESP: N/A NBC UNIVERSO 10:00 PM 120 0.05 116
98 NYE COMEDY COUNTDOWN SUNDANCE TV 5:30 PM 30 0.05 199
99 POWER RANGERS DSC NICKTOONS 12:30 PM 30 0.05 232
100 BIG BASH LEAGUE CRICKET NBC SPORTS NETWORK 6:00 AM 25 0.05 87
101 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 5:00 AM 60 0.05 157
102 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 9:00 AM 60 0.05 358
103 NEW DAY SATURDAY CNN 7:00 AM 60 0.05 425
104 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 7:00 AM 60 0.05 250
105 MY CLASSIC CAR VELOCITY 8:30 AM 30 0.05 200
106 COLL BSKTBL: BIG EAST L: XAVIER/GEORGETOWN FOX SPORTS 1 11:00 AM 136 0.05 149
107 NEW DAY SATURDAY CNN 6:00 AM 60 0.05 345
108 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 9:00 AM 60 0.04 268
109 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 8:00 AM 60 0.04 210
110 PREMIER L EXTRA PRE-GAME NBC UNIVERSO 11:59 AM 23 0.04 67
111 NYE COMEDY COUNTDOWN: YES MAN SUNDANCE TV 7:30 PM 150 0.04 141
112 PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCH U V. MIDDLESB 12/31 NBC UNIVERSO 9:55 AM 124 0.04 72
113 MADAGASCAR:ESCAPE 2 AFRIC HBO PRIME 7:30 AM 89 0.04 103
114 PREMIER LEAGUE WORLD NBC SPORTS NETWORK 6:25 AM 35 0.04 77
115 MSNBC LIVE WKND EDITION MSNBC 8:00 AM 60 0.04 293
116 MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE HBO PRIME 12:55 PM 116 0.04 133
117 NFL REPLAY NFL NETWORK 9:00 AM 60 0.04 124
118 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 10:00 AM 60 0.04 243
119 PREMIERSHIP RUGBY NBC SPORTS NETWORK 12:32 PM 118 0.04 89
120 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME: GEORGIA/TCU ESPN2 1:00 AM 120 0.04 118
121 WEEKEND RECHARGE THE WEATHER CHANNEL 11:00 AM 60 0.04 229
122 HAIL, CAESAR HBO PRIME 4:00 PM 105 0.03 131
123 READY TO RUMBLE MAXPRIME 6:00 AM 106 0.03 74
124 THREE STOOGES, THE SUNDANCE TV 10:30 PM 30 0.03 129
125 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 7:00 AM 60 0.03 187
126 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM MAXPRIME 9:27 AM 112 0.03 75
127 NBA PREGAME SHOW NBA-TV 7:30 PM 30 0.03 89
128 NFL NOW, LATER NFL NETWORK 12:00 AM 60 0.03 95
129 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L: FLORIDA STATE/VIRGINIA ESPNU 2:04 PM 122 0.03 165
130 I SPY MAXPRIME 4:50 AM 70 0.03 74
131 STAR TREK: VOYAGER BBC-AMERICA 5:00 AM 60 0.03 126
132 KNIGHTS TALE, A: KNIGHTS TALE, A MAXPRIME 5:50 PM 132 0.03 72
133 FUERZA ESP DE FUGITIVOS NBC UNIVERSO 2:33 PM 27 0.03 72
134 AMHQ WEEKEND THE WEATHER CHANNEL 6:00 AM 60 0.03 135
135 NFL PICK EM NFL NETWORK 8:30 AM 30 0.03 81
136 NBC UNIVERSO MOVIE: AMERICAN HUSTLE NBC UNIVERSO 3:00 PM 180 0.03 62
137 MSNBC BREAKING NEWS: ISTANBUL NIGHTCLUB ATTACK 35 DEAD MSNBC 7:30 PM 210 0.03 213
138 NFL MATCH-UP ESPN2 7:30 AM 30 0.03 98
139 SNEAK PEEK: HLN ORIGINAL HLN 1:00 PM 60 0.03 98
140 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP L: RANGERS/CELTIC FOX SPORTS 1 7:00 AM 150 0.03 61
141 GIRLS GDE TO DEPRAVITY 13 MAXPRIME 4:20 AM 29 0.03 82
142 UFC SPECIALS FOX DEPORTES 10:00 PM 60 0.03 65
143 GIRLS GDE TO DEPRAVITY 11 MAXPRIME 3:25 AM 28 0.02 90
144 CONJURING, THE MAXPRIME 1:30 AM 112 0.02 77
145 CENTRAL FOX WKND MID FOX DEPORTES 3:00 PM 60 0.02 56
146 WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING NBC SPORTS NETWORK 2:30 PM 90 0.02 71
147 BEYBLADE: BURST DISNEY XD 9:00 AM 30 0.02 206
148 HANNAH MONTANA CONCERT HBO PRIME 6:05 AM 75 0.02 46
149 SNEAK PEEK: HLN ORIGINAL HLN 12:00 PM 60 0.02 138
150 THREE STOOGES, THE SUNDANCE TV 1:30 AM 30 0.02 96

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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.