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|
|NBA PREGAME||ESPN||7:35 PM||1,650||0.6|
|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|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||1:00 PM||2,041||0.4|
|DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL||ADULT SWIM||11:00 PM||686||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|
|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.