Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 4, 2019

The numbers for Saturday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Playoffs (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.2/6 4.13
NBA Countdown (ABC) 1.1/7 4.22
Million Dollar Mile (CBS) 0.2/2 1.69
MasterChef Junior (FOX) – R 0.2/2 1.04
8:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 1.7/9 5.33
9 p.m. Ransom (CBS) 0.2/1 2.14
9-1-1 (FOX) – R 0.2/1 1.11
10 p.m. Saturday Night Live (NBC) – R 0.7/4 2.92
48 Hours (CBS) 0.4/2 3.00

This week, the only thing that could top the NHL playoffs were the NBA playoffs.

This meant that ABC had the strongest ratings of the night, with “NBA Countdown” coming out of the gate with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49. Following on its tail was the playoff game itself, in which the Golden State Warriors played the Houston Rockets on their home turf for a powerful 1.7 rating across its two-and-a-half hour broadcast.

NBC was the only network that even came close to ABC’s performance, and the network still fell a good deal short. The fifth game of the NHL playoffs saw the Columbus Blue Jackets battling the Boston Bruins for a 1.2, which won the 8 p.m. timeslot. This was 0.4 higher than last Saturday’s game. A rerun of “Saturday Night Live” followed the match at 0.7.

Elsewhere, “Ransom” brought home a 0.2 for CBS, falling back from the 0.3 it had recovered to previously. “Million Dollar Mile” aired a new episode at the exact same score, while “48 Hours” grabbed a  second 0.4 in a row. FOX aired reruns of “9-1-1” and “MasterChef Junior,” each of which raked in a 0.2.


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/9 1.0/6 0.3/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.05 3.72 2.28 1.07



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.

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