TV Ratings Saturday: NHL Playoffs win the night

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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, April 30, 2016

Note: Live sports telecasts on NBC (NHL) and FOX (Boxing) could result in greater than usual adjustments in the final nationals.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.9/3 2.47
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.5/2 4.57
Premier Boxing Champions (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.51
Jazz at the White House (ABC) 0.3/1 2.34
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.6/2 4.85
Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.42
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.8/3 5.18
20/20 (ABC) 0.5/2 2.31


On a relatively quiet Saturday night, NBC’s coverage of the NHL playoffs landed the top ratings of the night, with an average 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and a peak 1.0 throughout its three hour broadcast. CBS’ “48 Hours” followed closely behind with a 0.8 for the night.

ABC’s “20/20” stayed steady and kept the same 0.5 as last week, while FOX’s broadcast of the Premier Boxing Championships grabbed an average 0.5 rating throughout the night as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/2 0.4/1 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.87 2.02 2.47 1.51


: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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