Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, March 10, 2018

Note: Live sports on ABC and FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the final ratings.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big East Tournament Final (FOX) 0.5/2 1.84
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.58
Will & Grace (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.25
NBA Countdown (ABC) 0.4/2 1.80
8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.6/3 2.05
Superstore (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.29
9 p.m. Dateline (NBC) 0.7/3 3.54
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.30
Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.80
10 p.m. SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.7/3 2.93
48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/2 3.97


NBC and ABC tied for the primetime lead among adults 18-49 Saturday, while CBS took the total-viewer crown.

“Dateline Mystery” and “SNL Vintage” each drew a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, good enough for the top spot in primetime. “NBA Saturday Primetime” scored a 0.6, pending updates. CBS’ “48 Hours” was the most-watched show with a shade under 4 million viewers.

“Saturday Night Live” averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 in metered markets and a 4.1/10 in households, a little below its season average and down a bit from last week’s 1.9 and 4.2/10.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 2.91 2.01 3.28 1.52



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:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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