Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, March 4, 2017

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Ransom (CBS) 0.5/2 3.2
Chicago Fire (NBC) – R 0.4/1 2.11
NBA Countdown (ABC) 0.4/1 1.66
24: Legacy (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.72
8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.69
9 p.m. Premier Boxing Champions (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 0.8/3 2.7
Chicago PD (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.76
APB (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.98
10 p.m. Chicago Justice (NBC) – R 0.6/2 3.43


CBS led the night in the adults 18-49 demographic this past Saturday night, with their broadcast of the “Premier Boxing Champions” scoring a 0.9 peak rating throughout its two-hour broadcast. This was notably higher than FOX’s broadcast of the same sporting event, which scored a 0.5 last week. “Ransom” rounded out the network’s night with a 0.5, the same rating as its previous week.

ABC followed behind with its coverage of the LA Clippers vs Chicago Bulls – which raked in a 0.5 average over three hours. NBC, however, won the night in total viewers, with reruns of both “Chicago Justice” and “Chicago PD” landing 3.43 and 2.76 million viewers throughout the night.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.5/2 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 1.70 2.86 2.77 0.85


: 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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