Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 20, 2017

Note: Live sports broadcasts on NBC and FOX 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.) 0.8/4 2.69
Major League Baseball (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.4/2 2.19
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.3/1 3.20
American Housewife (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.50
8:30 p.m. Downward Dog (ABC) – R 0.3/1 1.39
9 p.m. 20/20 Saturday (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.85
Training Day (CBS) – F 0.3/1 2.54
10 p.m. SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.8/4 2.72
20/20 Saturday (ABC) 0.5/2 3.33
48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/2 2.83


Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Finals carried NBC to a ratings win Saturday, although it was down from preliminary numbers for the previous week. Nashville’s 3-1 win over Anaheim drew a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime, pending updates, off from the preliminary 1.1 a week ago.

“SNL Vintage” also drew a 0.8 for NBC. Major League Baseball averaged a 0.4 on FOX, pending updates. “Training Day” finished its run on CBS with a 0.3, even with last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.8/4 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 2.70 2.19 2.54 2.85


The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” delivered a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.27 million viewers in fast official numbers for the live nationwide broadcast. It’s best showing for an “SNL” finale in viewers since 2011 and the best 18-49 rating for a season ender since 2013.

The Dwayne Johnson-hosted episode, however, was down from the previous week’s 2.7 and 10.34 million viewers (which was the third-best of the season in the demo and second-best in viewers).


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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