Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, April 28, 2018

Note: NBC’s and FOX’s live sports broadcasts may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.84
Ransom (CBS) 0.3/1 2.56
American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.4/2 2.31
Motorcycle Racing (FOX) 0.2/1 0.71
8:30 p.m. Premier Boxing Champions (FOX) (8:30-10 p.m.) 0.2/1 0.88
9 p.m. NCIS (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.41
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 4.37
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.7


Even with several sports broadcasts, it was a fairly quiet night in the Saturday primetime ratings.

CBS’ “48 Hours” led with a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. Meanwhile, NBC followed closely behind with its 3-hour long broadcast of the NHL Playoffs game between the San Jose Sharks and the Las Vegas Knights scoring a 0.5 average, with 1.84 million average total viewers.

FOX’s Premiere Boxing coverage raked in a 0.2 on the network as well, while CBS’ “Ransom” maintained its previous 0.3 yet again. On ABC, encore episodes of both “American Idol” (0.4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.3) rounded out the night.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.3/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 1.84 3.45 3.45 0.82



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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