Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 19, 2018

Note: A live sports broadcast on NBC may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.9/4 2.96
Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.6/3 4.68
American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.3/2 2.03
Masterchef Junior (FOX) – R 0.3/2 1.02
9 p.m. Showtime at the Apollo (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.98
10 p.m. SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.7/3 2.53
48 Hours (CBS) 0.5/3 3.93
20/20 (ABC) 0.5/3 3.53


NBC’s NHL Playoffs broadcast and a royal wedding special on CBS topped Saturday’s primetime broadcast ratings.

Game 5 of the Capitals-Lightning series on NBC led the 18-49 demographic with a 0.9 rating, pending updates for the live telecast. CBS “Royal Romance” special was the total-viewer leader at 4.68 million.

“Saturday Night Live” ended its season on an up note, scoring its best metered-market ratings since April 7. The Tina Fey-hosted finale, with musical guest Nicki Minaj, had a 1.9 in metered markets among adults 18-49 and a 4.5/11 in households.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.4/2 0.3/2
Total Viewers (millions) 2.82 4.43 2.53 1.00



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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