Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, January 19, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 0.8/4 2.68
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 3.41
The Masked Singer (FOX) – R 0.5/2 2.07
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.94
8:30 p.m. NBA Basketball (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.9/4 2.64
9 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.32
The Passage (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.44
10 p.m. Saturday Night Live (NBC) – R 0.7/3 2.85
48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/2 4.12


A live NBA broadcast gave ABC the win in the Saturday primetime ratings this week.

The network’s broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets game scored a 0.9 average rating in adults 18-49 with 2.64 million viewers. A pre-game “NBA Countdown” special rounded out the night for the network, and grabbed an additional 0.8 in the demo.

Elsewhere, FOX and NBC both took the night off, and aired only repeats throughout the primetime hours. Meanwhile, a new “48 Hours” capped off a lineup of mostly reruns on CBS, and posted a 0.4 with 4.12 million viewers

In late-night, the Rachel Brosnahan-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” scored a 4.5 metered-market household rating, and a 1.8 in the adults 18-49 demo. This was down slightly from the 4.8 and 2.0 ratings that the Matt Damon-hosted episode scored Dec. 15.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.7/3 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 2.65 3.23 3.46 1.76



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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