Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Saturday, May 6, 2017

Note: Live sports broadcasts on ABC, FOX and NBC 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.) 1.2/6 3.72
NBA Countdown (ABC) 0.9/4 3.45
Major League Baseball (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) 0.5/2 2.15
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.3/1 3.70
8:30 p.m. NBA Playoffs (ABC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 1.6/7 4.61
9 p.m. Training Day (CBS) 0.3/1 3.22
10 p.m. SNL Vintage (NBC) 0.8/3 2.67
48 Hours (CBS) 0.6/3 4.28


Three of the four broadcast networks aired live sports Saturday night, with ABC’s NBA telecast leading the way.

The Golden State-Utah game on ABC delivered a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.61 million viewers, pending updates. NBC got a solid 1.2 from its NHL playoff telecast, while FOX scored a 0.5 in primetime with a Major League Baseball game.

“Training Day” was even with last week’s 0.3 on CBS as it continues to play out the string.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/7 1.1/5 0.5/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.42 3.37 2.15 3.74


“Saturday Night Live” delivered a 1.9 in adults 18-49 and 6.92 million viewers in fast official numbers for the coast-to-coast live broadcast featuring host Chris Pine and musical guest LCD Soundsystem. That’s down from the 2.3 and 7.88 million for the April 15 show, which was the first to air live across the country.

It was, however, the most-watched May edition of “SNL” since the season finale in 2012.

: 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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