Coverage of the royal wedding between England’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was a big draw on cable Saturday.

Across 14 channels (including broadcasters ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Telemundo and Univision), the ceremony, which aired from 7-8:15 a.m. ET, averaged 29.19 million viewers. That’s up from the 22.77 million who watched the 2011 ceremony for Harry’s older brother, William, and Kate Middleton on 11 channels.

On cable, CNN’s coverage drew the best 18-49 rating (0.4 for the ceremony), along with 1.93 million viewers. Fox News had 1.97 million viewers in the 7 a.m. hour; BBC America averaged a little over 1 million for three hours of live coverage starting at 6 a.m. ET. TLC averaged 594,000 viewers from 6-9 a.m. and E! 455,000 over three hours from 7-10 a.m.

ESPN led the day with Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. It scored a 2.5 in adults 18-49 and 6.83 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, May 19, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:30 PM 6,827 2.5
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:05 PM 2,227 1.0
NBA PREGAME ESPN 7:35 PM 1,650 0.6
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:12 AM 1,202 0.5
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 11:00 AM 2,432 0.5
ROYAL WEDDING CNN 10:00 AM 2,029 0.5
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 876 0.5
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 7:59 PM 2,474 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 2,396 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 2:00 PM 2,162 0.4
ROYAL WEDDING CNN 8:06 AM 1,914 0.4
ROYAL WEDDING CNN 9:00 AM 1,678 0.4
ROYAL WEDDING CEREMONY CNN 7:02 AM 1,934 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 876 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 2,041 0.4
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 686 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 700 0.3
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 3:00 PM 1,660 0.3
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FS1 10:09 PM 870 0.3
ROYAL WEDDING CNN 6:00 AM 1,541 0.3
FAHRENHEIT 451 HBO 8:01 PM 1,107 0.3
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 1,386 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 619 0.3
NASCAR RACEDAY FS1 6:59 PM 1,407 0.3
ROYALLY EVER AFTER HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,017 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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