Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, April 13, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NBA Playoffs (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.1/6 3.67
NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 0.6/3 2.25
Ransom (CBS) 0.4/2 3.00
NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) – S 0.4/2 2.72
9 p.m. The Code (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.16
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/3 3.94


ABC led the Saturday primetime ratings this week with its live NBA playoff coverage.

The network’s broadcast of the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors game took the night’s no. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.1 average rating, and was the night’s most-watched broadcast with a 3.67 million viewer average.

NBC’s broadcast of the NHL playoff game between Toronto and Boston came second in the night with a 0.6 and 2.25 million viewers. Elsewhere, FOX’s broadcast of the NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 race raked in a 0.4 with 2.72 million viewers.

On CBS, “Ransom” grabbed a 0.4, up a tenth from its last episode’s 0.3, and marking a new season high for the drama series. “48 Hours” rounded out the night for the network with a 0.5.

In late-night, the Emma Stone-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” posted a 3.9 rating in metered-market households, and a 1.5 in adults 18-49, down from the 4.4 and 1.7 ratings that the Kit Harington-hosted episode had scored the previous Saturday. Last night’s episode also marked a new season low for “SNL” in the metered-market households, and tied its 18-49 season low.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/6 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 3.67 2.25 3.04 2.72



Rating: 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.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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