Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 13, 2017

Note: Live sports broadcasts on NBC may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks. 

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.1/5 3.5
Movie: Monsters University (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.9
48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/1 3.1
Masterchef Junior (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.3/1 1.05
9 p.m. Training Day (CBS) 0.3/1 2.6
10 p.m. SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.9/4 3.16
48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 4.06
20/20 Saturday (ABC) 0.4/1 1.78


With both CBS and ABC airing mostly encore episodes this past Saturday night, NBC won the night with its continued coverage of the NHL Playoffs. It was the Pittsburgh vs Ottawa game that landed on top with a 1.1 average rating in adults 18-49, spread out across two hours, with 3.50 million viewers.

A rerun episode of “Saturday Night Live” followed behind, also on NBC, with a 0.9. Meanwhile, CBS’ “Training Day” held steady with a 0.3 yet again. With two back-to-back broadcasts as well, “48 Hours” raked in 0.4 and 0.6 ratings for the network.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.4/2 1.0/4 0.3/1 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 1.86 3.50 1.05 3.25


With Melissa McCarthy as its host and musical guest, Haim, “Saturday Night Live” scored a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 10.34 million viewers. It was the NBC series’ most-watched May episode in seven years and was up significantly from the 1.9 that the Chris Pine-hosted episode scored last week.


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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