Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, February 23, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Hockey (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.5/3 1.95
NBA Countdown (ABC) 0.4/3 2.00
Ransom (CBS) 0.3/2 2.75
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.70
8:30 p.m. NBA Basketball (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.8/4 2.72
9 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.23
Proven Innocent (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.45
10 p.m. 48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 4.28


With limited competition, the NBA ran away with the Saturday night broadcast ratings.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., ABC broadcasted the Houston Rockets playing the Golden State Warriors for a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. This was up one-tenth of a point from the last Saturday NBA game two weeks ago, in which the Rockets played the Oklahoma City Thunder. “NBA Countdown” led into the game for a 0.4 rating, down from the 0.5 it scored leading into the Thunder vs. Rockets match.

NBC aired an NHL game across the entirety of primetime, with the Pittsburgh Penguins going down to defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. The game scored a 0.5 average between its 3 hour broadcast, rising two-tenths of a point above the last Saturday night NHL game on February 2nd.

On CBS, “Ransom” managed to pull up to 0.3 from the 0.2 it premiered at, rising from 2.18 million viewers to 2.75 million. “48 Hours” followed up with a double-header, scoring a 0.4 for a rerun at 9 p.m. and a 0.6 for a new episode at 10 p.m. FOX took the night off, with reruns of “9-1-1” and “Proven Innocent” landing a pair of 0.3’s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.7/4 0.5/3 0.4/2 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 2.36 1.95 3.42 1.58



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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