Currently in its 29th season, this newsmagazine has aired on Saturday nights for years and years. It’s hard to imagine that 48 Hours will be cancelled by CBS but, the network could always decide to expand their “Crimetime Saturday” block and air three hours of drama reruns instead. Will there be a 30th season? Stay tuned.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/21 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 28th season of 48 Hours averaged a 0.80 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.72 million total viewers.
Note: Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like the 48 Hours TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for season 30 on CBS?