Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, April 20, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Ten Commandments (ABC) (7-11:44 p.m.) 0.6/3 4.90
NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) – S 0.4/3 1.54
Ransom (CBS) 0.2/1 2.34
Premier Boxing Championship (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 1.01
9 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.66
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/3 3.48


The evening before Easter was relatively quiet for the Saturday Broadcast TV Ratings.

ABC lead the night, not with the NBA Playoffs but with their annual broadcast of “The Ten Commandments,” the 1956 film starring Charlton Heston. The movie rated a 0.6 in adults 18-49 with 4.90 million viewers, consistent with the 0.6 and 4.75 million viewers it brought in last year.

On NBC, the Carolina Hurricanes went to Washington to battle the Capitals for a 0.4 rating. This was 0.2 lower than last week’s NHL Playoff game, which saw Toronto facing off against Boston. FOX also had a slow night, with a Premier Boxing match between Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados picking up a 0.2.

CBS was the only network with more than one broadcast, opening the night with “Ransom” at 0.2, a mere half of the 0.4 the drama picked up last week. A “48 Hours” rerun scored a 0.3 and led into a new episode, which itself scored 0.5, the second highest performance of the night.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/3 0.4/3 0.3/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.90 1.54 2.83 1.01



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.

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