TV Ratings Saturday: '48 Hours Mystery' Knocks Out 'UFC on FOX' on Slow Cinco de Mayo

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May 6th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.0/4* 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.25* 5.57 2.94 1.72


Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for FOX (UFC) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

FOX won a slow Cinco de Mayo in adults 18-49 with its broadcast of a UFC fight, while CBS was number one in total viewers.

The latest UFC on FOX bout scored a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.

On CBS, 48 Hours Mystery was the night's top rated show among adults 18-49, earning a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 0.9.

On NBC, the finale of Escape Routes scored a 0.3rating among adults  18-49 matching last week's performance.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, May 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX UFC: Miller vs. Diaz (8-10PM)* 1.0/4 2.25
ABC Shark Tank - R 0.8/3 3.19
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 0.7/3 4.31
NBC Escape Routes (finale) 0.3/1 1.23
9:00 CBS Person of Interest - R 0.8/3 5.71
ABC Hancock(9-11PM) 0.8/3 2.82
NBC The Voice - R (9-11PM) 0.5/2 1.97
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.3/4 6.69

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  • Sean

    UFC made a mistake going against the Mayweather fight. No one cared or was talking about UFC last night. All Kentucky Derby or Mayweather.

  • josh

    SNL was the night’s top rated show

  • DW

    i didn’t see the avengers. i didn’t see the moon. i didn’t watch television. i watched netflix go loading , loading , loading. :)

  • Tom

    randy/@randy, no need to bash a show of which you have only watched 1.5 eps then again ignorance is bliss :).

  • greenf

    Wasn’t there a new The Firm episode last night? Because most streaming/downloading websites have it today.

  • Katie1227

    Do you have any idea how I’ll have Another’s Kentucky Derby went in term of ratings last night? :)

  • Nick

    The numbers for the Escape Routes finale are missing. Can somebody fix this?

  • Silvio


    Escape Routes: 0.3/1 A18-49, 1.23 million total viewers

  • João Paulo

    POI rockss always, can’t wait for the new episode next thurday.

  • Jiji Moran

    “48 Hours” won the night with a 1.3! The “Avengers” bingo excuse is REAL!!!

  • Survivor Fan

    I will miss you, Escape Routes- a real one season wonder!

  • Survivor Fan

    Just for fun, I will be the first one to write Fan Excuse Bingo for Escape Routes:

    1. It is on a Saturday.
    2. It is extremely cheap to produce.
    3. It was not promoted enough.
    4. Ford is taking most of the bill.
    5. With all of the people participating online, it can grow.
    6. Its ratings increased 50% from the premiere to the finale.

    Come on, NBC! Renew the lowest rated show ever, if nothing else, to make history; namely, the first show to ever hit a 0.0!

  • Don

    I watched 48 Hours last night and it was very good.

  • jp

    With Cotto vs Mayweather starting later interest in UFC or any physical body contact would’ve generated a good number. Surprise by the result but I dont think FOX is worried one bit.

  • Mumbo

    That’s it, Super Moon needs to be added to the Fan Excuse Bingo Card.

  • 728huey

    I think the combination of a bunch of well known superheroes battling to save the Earth, NBA Playoff games, and the Mayweather/Cotto fight probably ate into the audience for UFC. Usually UFC would draw a huge audience, but with no big name stars fighting last night it drew tepid interest and ratings.

  • Alex

    UFC didn’t attempt to go against Floyd.

    They tried to cash in on a bunch of males in fight mood being at parties.

    The problem is they put on a mid level card which didn’t have any big draws. They fights were fun though.

  • KJ Styles

    UFC would have done better if it wasn’t up against the Mayweather fight and the Avengers. 728Huey is correct.

  • gene

    You know Randy, just because you don’t think a show is good doesn’t make it bad. I am sure there are some shows you find good, that I don’t like.

  • Leroy

    Not worried about the UFC’s rating at all. They knew they were going against Mayweather, Cinco do Mayo, the NBA playoffs, and the avengers. If they really wanted to put on a stellar card, they wouldn’t put Nate Diaz and Jim Miller as their main event.

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