When TV shows are cancelled and pulled off the air, CBS and other networks sometimes air the leftover episodes on Saturday nights. After that, they’re never heard from again. However, one Saturday series — 48 Hours — keeps coming back year after year. The news program is currently in its 28th season. Will it see a 29th 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.
5/22 update: You can see the latest night’s ratings in context.
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For comparisons: The 27th season of 48 Hours averaged a 0.82 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.10 million total viewers.
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 like the 48 Hours TV series on CBS? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?