Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 18, 2019
The numbers for Saturday:
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 rating/share||Viewers (millions)|
|8 p.m.||MLB Baseball (FOX) (8-10 p.m.)||0.5/3||2.37|
|Dateline (NBC) – R||0.4/3||2.90|
|American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R||0.3/2||1.91|
|God Friended Me (CBS) – R||0.2/1||1.99|
|9 p.m.||Dateline (NBC) – R||0.6/3||3.38|
|10 p.m.||Saturday Night Live (NBC) – R||0.5/3||2.59|
|48 Hours (CBS)||0.3/2||3.08|
|20/20 (ABC) – R||0.3/2||2.45|
NBC once again won in the Saturday night primetime ratings, although this week its victory came from an unexpected source.
The highest performance of the night came from a 9 p.m. “Dateline” rerun, which scored a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 and drew a line in the sand no other broadcast network was able to cross. The preceding episode snatched up a 0.4, while the following rerun of a Tina Fey-hosted “Saturday Night Live” grabbed a 0.5.
The MLB made FOX’s sole outing a 0.5, with an average of 2.37 million viewers across two hours. ABC played a weaker hand, with reruns of “American Idol” and “20/20” each at 0.3.
On CBS, a rebroadcast of “God Friended Me” at 0.3 led into a new episode of “Ransom,” which fell from the 0.3 it slipped to last week down to 0.2. “48 Hours” also suffered, dropping from 0.4 to 0.3.
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||0.5/3||0.5/3||0.3/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||2.96||2.37||2.09||2.45|
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Source: The Nielsen Company.