Saturday TV Ratings 5/7/22: SNL Slightly Down, NBA Playoffs Dominate, Inspiring America Decent Behind Strong Dateline Encore, USFL Stays Low (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: With Benedict Cumberbatch and Arcade Fire on deck, NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' (0.83, -0.01) shed a single hundredth for its first May 2022 episode. A Kentucky Derby-boosted rerun of 'Dateline' (0.52), an 'Inspiring America' special (0.27), and 'SNL Vintage' (0.28) preceded the main attraction. Leading out of the 8PM 'NBA Countdown' broadcast (0.70), ABC got a monstrous rating out of the 'Grizzlies v. Warriors' NBA playoffs game (1.85). This ultimately placed the alphabet network well above the other four. CBS's '48 Hours' (0.18, -0.03) dropped by the same amount it did a week ago but still outpaced the reruns of 'NCIS' (0.16) and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.15) that aired before it. Fox's 'Bandits v. Stallions' USFL Football game (0.21) was modest at best and came in a hundredth below the week-ago 'Stallions v. Breakers' game (0.22). The CW was up slightly across the board with 'Would I Lie To You?' (0.05, +0.02) and 'Masters of Illusion' (0.04, +0.01). The 8PM encore of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.05) and 9:30PM repeat of 'Masters of Illusion' (0.04) matched the originals. 

Finals Update: 'NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies v. Warriors' (+0.7) and the repeat of 'NCIS' (+0.1) adjusted up. 'NBA Countdown' (-0.2) and the repeat of 'Dateline NBC' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNBA Countdown0.70/82.75ABC

Dateline NBC (R)

USFL Football: Bandits v. Stallions0.21/21.05Fox

NCIS (R)0.16/21.99CBS

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (R)0.05/00.29The CW
8:30 PMNBA Playoffs: Grizzlies v. Warriors1.85/186.10ABC

Would I Lie To You? US0.05/00.27The CW
9 PMInspiring America: The 2022 Inspiration List0.27/31.90NBC

NCIS: Los Angeles (R)0.15/12.17CBS

Masters of Illusion0.04/00.37The CW
9:30 PMMasters of Illusion (R)0.04/00.34The CW
10 PMSNL Vintage0.28/31.92NBC

48 Hours0.18/22.28CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live0.83/104.50NBC
(R) = repeat

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