TV Ratings Saturday: NASCAR Races Fox to Victory While 'Titanic' Sinks and 'The Firm' Rises

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April 15th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.226 4.427 4.109 2.259

FOX's decision to air sports in place of its longrunning Saturday franchise Cops looks like a good one. Its broadcast of NASCAR easily won the night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

ABC aired part one of its Titanic miniseries which got an 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. For comparison, last week the network’s annual airing of The Ten Commandments got a 1.6 in adults 18-49.

CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery got a 1.2 in adults 18-49, up from a 1.1 last week.

On NBC, Escape Routes got a 0.3 rating in adults 18-49 even with last week. The Firm got a 0.4 up from a 0.3 for its last episode on March 31.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, April 14, 2012:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
FOX NASCAR Racing (8-10PM) 1.8/6 6.23
ABC Titanic (8-11PM) 0.8/3 4.11
CBS CSI: NY - R 0.6/2 3.64
NBC Escape Routes 0.3/1 1.20
CBS CSI: Miami - R 0.7/2 4.13
NBC The Firm 0.4/1  1.99
CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.2/4 5.51
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.8/2 3.59

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  • Spencer

    There is no hope

  • Freddy Arrow

    I think a lot of people just thought ABC was re-airing the movie from 1997.

  • Bee

    lol is it too late for ABC to air the 4th part at 7PM today and replace the 9PM hour with a repeat of GCB, scandal, or OUAT? lol not like many people would care.

  • Tina

    I probably wouldn’t have watched anyway, but I did think titanic was a rerun of the movie when I saw it on the schedule while looking for the annual ten commandments….guess trying to cash in on the non-hype of titanic 3d backfired

  • tvfan

    The Firm is so good. I wish it wasn’t dead.

  • JamesS

    The Titanic series is dire. It does everything wrong that the James Cameron movie did right. It’s a sign of the level of quality of the Cameron movie that this series seems so second rate. The acting seems second rate, the sets cheap and the whole feel vacuous and without emotion. I never rated Julian Fellowes and this is just one example of why.

  • a p garcia

    I though it was the re-airing of the movie opposite NASCAR auto racing. There can only be one winner-NASCAR. I saw the seas part last week!

  • MJDB


    The Firm was cancelled.

  • Erik

    I had no idea there was a mini-series, or I would’ve watched it. Shame on ABC for poor promotion.

  • Jeffrey Grimshaw

    I’ll just wait for “Titanic & Aliens”.

  • Spencer

    The Firm has not offiicially benn cancelled
    But I still think the show is terrible
    The Story lines and actors suck

  • sam

    If anyone is interested in watching something fictional about the Titanic, why wouldn’t the watch the movie version? I really don’t understand why people think it is a good idea to remake things to death. I wouldn’t even think of watching this and I assume lots of people agree. Put money and talent into new subjects and projects, not endlessly redoing old ones.

  • sam

    “they” sorry.

  • Ultima

    If anyone is interested in watching something fictional about the Titanic, why wouldn’t the watch the movie version? I really don’t understand why people think it is a good idea to remake things to death

    Which movie version? Cameron’s Titanic was just as much of a remake as this was.

  • a p garcia

    ? If the Firm goes lower will NBC ban it from the airways?

  • Debsafan

    I recorded the NASCAR race. Because I got to watch it in person. As far as the other shows go. I’m not sure why they are even still on TV. Know people in high places I guess.

  • a p garcia

    Since the first 3 episodes of the mini-series Titanic were on Saturday and it bombed and Sundays episode is before GCB, I hope GCB isn’t hurt that much. Even a repeat of QUAT would have been better.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The Firm has not offiicially benn cancelled”

    It doesn’t get anymore “official” than this. Saturday burn off means “we’ll let all the episodes that we foolishly paid for air, but this show’s *never* hitting our air again”.

    If you’re waiting for a press release from NBC announcing “The Firm is canceled” you’re going to wait forever….

  • jp

    there was a time saturday nights was the night to stay home and watch tv. Now not anymore. Its thursday and sundays now. As far as the FOX plan of airing sports on saturday night. I say why not. With everything migrating to cable, it gives sports fans like me hope over the air tv and sports properties remaining together in the future.

  • chris

    I thought Titanic was actually going to be the James Cameron Titanic with Kate Winslet naked, but instead it was this thing. Lame.

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