TV Ratings Saturday: 'The Blind Side' & NASCAR Lead a Slow Night

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April 29th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.5/5 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.035 6.035 4.871 2.143

ABC and FOX tied the adults 18-49 crowd but ABC won total viewers on an extremely slow night with their showing of 2009's The Blind Side, which earned a 1.5 18-49 rating for the night.

FOX's NASCAR coverage also earned them a 1.5 18-49 rating for the evening.

CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery was flat with last week's 0.9  in adults 18-49, and was the only new programming on CBS

On NBC, Escape Routes was even with last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Firm was up two-tenths to a 0.5, compared to the 0.3 its last episode earned.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, April 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX NASCAR (8-10) 1.5 5 5.139
ABC The Blind Side (8-11) 1.5 5 6.035
CBS NCIS -R 0.5 2 4.902
NBC Escape Routes 0.3 1 1.313
9:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.5 2 4.678
NBC The Firm 0.5 1 2.015
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 0.9 3 5.034
NBC Law and Order SVU - R 0.7 2 3.102

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  • ig gy.

    “48 Hours” rose to 1.0 in the finals last week.

  • apfortony

    ABC “premiered” both The Blind Side and Alice in Wonderland on the ABC Family network instead of ABC broadcast. That makes little sense to me unless ABC Family is a different entity and they bought the rights. It’s like Disney is saying the cable network is more important.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” It’s like Disney is saying the cable network is more important.”

    Quite likely ABC Family makes more money than ABC broadcast considering both subscriber fees and advertising revenue.

  • MJDB


    When NBC announced that The Firm would move to Saturday nights, they also announced that it had been cancelled. They had to air all 22 ordered episodes though, because of some financial plan that they had since The Firm is an American/Canadian show. So the bottom line is that The Firm is cancelled.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “When NBC announced that The Firm would move to Saturday nights, they also announced that it had been cancelled.”

    They made no such announcement of cancellation, networks almost never do. However, the move to Saturday is a defacto cancellation.

    “They had to air all 22 ordered episodes though, because of some financial plan that they had”

    They didn’t *have* to, but by “financial plan” you mean, “NBC had already paid for all of the episodes, so they decided what the hell, might as well air them”, then, yes.

  • s0303

    svu repeats at 10pm better than ncis or the mentalist…that’s kind of weird…

  • Networkman

    ABC did great with The Blind Side. The movie was able to pull in more overall total viewers than NBC garners on Thursday Night.

  • Joseph

    This past Saturday (April 28th), the English-language broadcast nets drew about 19 million total viewers in prime-time.

    But with the hyped “Marvel’s Avengers” opening this weekend, and the possibility of good weather across much of the country, those numbers may be cut in half next Saturday night (May 5th).

  • tvfan

    I agree. The first episode of The Firm didn’t hook me in, but after watching the next two, I was hooked. Very slim chance it gets renewed or picked up. In fact, I kind of resigned that it probably won’t be back. But, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the series while it lasts and I am definitely purchasing the DVD set when it is released.

  • ed

    ABC shouldve known they was going to do so great on Saturday cause they had a fraking blockbuster film that did good at the box office and first of all its a Saturday! NBC doesnt have Anything good but SNL! CBS has boring repeats ! FOX has boring nascar ! CW not even in station!

  • rachel

    Why does NBC even attempted to air a boring competition show on saturday knowing it was going to be a flop!

  • rachel

    Brodcasting sucks on Saturday!

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