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Saturday Ratings: ‘Royal Wedding’ Special Dominates on CBS

FRIDAY FAST AFFILIATE RESULTS

What follows are the fast affiliate rating results for Saturday, May 19. These results are time period based and are only approximate.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 4.42 million, NBC: 2.82, ABC: 2.53, Fox: 1.00

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 0.8 rating/4 share, CBS: 0.6/ 3, ABC: 0.4/ 2, Fox: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – American Idol (R)
Viewers: 2.03 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 2 (#3t)

CBS – Royal Romance
Viewers: 4.06 million (#1), A18-49: 0.5/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Viewers: 2.67 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 4 (#1)

Fox – MasterChef Junior (R)
Viewers: 981,000 (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – American Idol (R)
Viewers: 1.99 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 2 (#3t)

CBS – Royal Romance
Viewers: 4.64 million (#1), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Viewers: 3.16 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 5 (#1)

Fox – MasterChef Junior (R)
Viewers: 1.06 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3t)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – American Idol (R)
Viewers: 2.02 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Royal Romance
Viewers: 5.17 million (#1), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Viewers: 2.91 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#1)

Fox – Showtime at the Apollo (R)
Viewers: 943,000 (#4), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#4)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – American Idol (R)
Viewers: 2.08 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Royal Romance
Viewers: 4.85 million (#1), A18-49: 0.6/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Viewers: 3.10 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1)

Fox – Showtime at the Apollo (R)
Viewers: 1.02 million (#4), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#4)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – 20/20
Viewers: 3.43 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2t)

CBS – 48 Hours
Viewers: 3.81 million (#1), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – SNL (R)
Viewers: 2.41 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – 20/20
Viewers: 3.63 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – 48 Hours
Viewers: 4.05 million (#1), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – SNL (R)
Viewers: 2.65 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    Bierbaum, Tom (NBCUniversal)
    11:48 AM (6 hours ago)
    to marc, mberman933, bronx23
    “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,” WITH HOST TINA FEY & MUSICAL GUEST NICKI MINAJ, GENERATES ITS TOP METERED-MARKET NIELSENS SINCE APRIL 7

    “SNL” IS THE NIGHT’S #1 BIG 4 TELECAST IN LOCAL-MARKET OVERNIGHTS

    CAPITALS-LIGHTNING NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HOCKEY LEADS PRIMETIME AMONG THE BROADCAST NETS

    In Late-Night Metered-Market Ratings for Saturday Night:

    · “Saturday Night Live” has delivered its highest overnight ratings since April 7.

    · The May 19 edition of “Saturday Night Live,” the season finale with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj, has averaged a 4.5 rating, 11 share in “live plus same day” household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.9/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    · It’s the highest-rated “Saturday Night Live” in both measures since the April 7 telecast, with host Chadwick Boseman and musical guest Cardi B (4.6 in metered-market households, 2.0 in 18-49 in the local people meters).

    · The May 19 telecast, which included appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan, Donald Glover, Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman, scored as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, topping in both measures all primetime programs on those nets.

    · The May 19 “SNL” aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in western markets.

    · Note that “SNL” adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with this season’s first 19 originals growing by +58% in 18-49 and +2.669 million persons or +40% in total viewers nationally going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to “live plus seven day” figures. In L+SD, “SNL” so far this season is averaging a 1.78 rating in 18-49 nationally and 6.715 million viewers overall, and in L+7, “SNL” is growing to a 2.82 in 18-49 and 9.384 million viewers.

    · This is the show’s #2 most-watched season in L+7 in 23 years, since “SNL” averaged 9.902 million viewers for originals at this point in 1994-95, trailing over that span only last year’s election-fueled average of 10.879 million viewers

    · Official-national ratings for the May 19 edition of “Saturday Night Live,” including viewership numbers, are due from Nielsen on Tuesday, May 22.

    Saturday Primetime Ratings:

    · Regarding Saturday’s primetime Nielsens, note that the fast-affiliate ratings that came in at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT are not time zone-adjusted and are subject to revision for live sporting events. As those preliminary numbers stand, NBC is running #1 among the Big 4 networks for the night in adults 18-49 as well as adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and all key adult-male demographics.

    · In metered-market results, which are time zone-adjusted, last night’s NBC Sports 7:15-10 p.m. ET coverage of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, featuring the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Lightning, posted a 2.13 rating in household results from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research.

    · In 18-49 in the local people meters, the game led NBC to a nightlong win with an 8-11 p.m. average of a 1.1 rating.

    · The 2.13 for last night’s Capitals-Lightning Game 5 on NBC in primetime, which immediately followed the Preakness Stakes, is the best in three years for a Conference Final game on NBC (since the May 30, 2015 Blackhawks-Ducks Game 7, 3.27).

    · The 2.13 is up +18% versus the comparable game last year (Predators-Ducks, 1.80 on May 20, 2017) and up +25% versus 2016’s comparable game (Blues-Sharks, May 21, 2016, 1.71).

    · The Tampa market delivered a 12.0 local rating for last night’s Game 5 on NBC, the market’s best rating on record for a non-Stanley Cup Final NHL game on NBC. Washington posted a 7.1 local rating. NBC was the No. 1 network in both markets during the game.

    NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.