Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, March 23, 2019
The numbers for Saturday:
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 rating/share||Viewers (millions)|
|8 p.m.||2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament (CBS) (7:30-10 p.m.)||1.6/9||6.15|
|American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R||0.3/2||2.10|
|World Figure Skating Championship (NBC) (8-10 p.m.)||0.2/1||1.83|
|MasterChef (FOX) – R||0.2/1||0.94|
|9 p.m.||9-1-1 (FOX) – R||0.2/1||1.15|
|10 p.m.||48 Hours (CBS)||0.7/4||3.68|
|20/20 (ABC) – R||0.4/2||2.78|
|Saturday Night Live (NBC) – R||0.4/2||2.20|
It was a fairly quiet night across the board for the Saturday primetime broadcast ratings.
The sole exception to that, of course, was the NCAA Basketball Tournament on CBS. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Minnesota Golden Gophers played the Michigan State Spartans to score a strong 1.6 rating in adults 18-49. This was a particularly helpful lead-in for “48 Hours,” which found itself at 0.7 after a few weeks at 0.4.
NBC aired the “World Figure Skating Championships” from Saitama, Japan, to pick up a 0.2 average across its two-hour broadcast. This was followed by a 2017 episode of “Saturday Night Live” hosted by Melissa McCarthy at 0.4, down 0.2 from last week’s rerun.
The rest of the night consisted of reruns, as well. On ABC, “American Idol” picked up a 0.3, with “20/20” at 0.4. The lowest-rated broadcasts of the night went to FOX’s re-airings of episodes of “MasterChef” and “9-1-1,” both of which grabbed a pair of 0.2’s.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.3/7||0.4/2||0.3/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||4.92||2.44||2.02||1.05|
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Source: The Nielsen Company.