This venerable crime newsmagazine has been on the air since January 1988. Though the ratings for 48 Hours are typically very small, it doesn’t seem like CBS plans to cancel this Saturday night series any time soon. But, who knows? Is it all-but-guaranteed to be renewed for season 32 or could this be the final year? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
Airing on CBS, the 48 Hours TV show investigates cases of crime and justice that touch on all manners of the human experience. The investigative reporting on this program has seen cold cases to be reopened and solved, as well as wrongly convicted people to be set free. Correspondents in the show’s 31st season include regulars Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant, Maureen Maher, and Richard Schlesinger, as well as occasional reports by other CBS News reporters.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/26 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The 30th season of 48 Hours on CBS averaged a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 year old viewer demographic and a total audience of 3.90 million 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 show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a 32nd season on CBS?
*5/9/19 update: CBS has renewed 48 Hours for a 32nd season.