Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 21, 2016

Note: Live sports coverage on NBC (NHL playoffs) and FOX (Major League Baseball) could result in larger than usual adjustments for those networks.

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Movie: Toy Story (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.6/2 2.05
Major League Baseball (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.95
NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 1.85
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.33
9 p.m. 48 Hours Presents: The Spymasters (CBS) (9-11 p.m.) 0.5/2 3.19
10 p.m. 20/20 (ABC) 0.7/3 3.68
SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.5/2 1.80


Saturday was a very quiet evening for the broadcast networks. ABC collected a win in adults 18-49 with a showing of “Toy Story” (0.6 rating) and a Saturday “20/20” (0.7).

NBC and FOX each got 0.5 averages from their live sports telecasts (hockey and baseball, respectively). As both the NHL playoff contest and the primary MLB game involved West Coast teams, those numbers may change a bit in the finals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 2.59 3.23 1.95 1.83


In late night, the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” came in at the low end of its season average in the metered markets. It drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, down 0.1 from last week, and a 3.7/10 in households (down 0.2).

: 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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