TV Ratings Friday: NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Prelim. Down vs. Last Season, 'Flashpoint' Slips, 'Food Revolution' Steady

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June 11th, 2011

Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.6/5 1.0/4 1.0/3 0.7/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.35 3.89 6.35 2.85 0.96

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NHL Stanley Cup Final) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

The NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5 preliminary ratings for the primetime (8-11p) portion of the game were a 1.6 for adults 18-49. That's down 33% from the preliminary 2.4 rating for the primetime portion of Game 5 last season. Ignore the NBC fast affiliate results for comparison vs. the other broadcast networks last night. Until we see the final ratings, which will likely be adjusted upwards from the preliminaries, these fast affiliate ratings are useless for competitive comparisons last night.

NBC will certainly top the adults 18-49 ratings on Friday night (their preliminary average was a 1.6), but until we get the final ratings, we won't know by how much.

You can televise the revolution, but you apparently cannot force people to watch it, as ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution drew a weak 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, the same as last week. At 10pm, a new 20/20 scored a 1.2 rating.

CBS's Flashpoint scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth of a point vs. last week.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, June 10, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millons)
8:00 NBC NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 5 (8-11p) 1.6 5 4.35
CBS Flashpoint 1.0 4 5.90
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 4 3.90
FOX Bones -R 0.8 3 3.10
CW Smallville -R 0.4 2 0.98
9:00 CBS CSI:NY -R 1.1 4 6.53
ABC Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution 0.8 3 2.59
FOX Lie To Me -R 0.7 2 2.60
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.94
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.2 4 5.17
CBS Blue Bloods -R 0.9 3 6.63


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

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