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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  • Matt

    About the time these two clowns started criticizing Michael Emerson’s acting is about the time I stopped valuing their opinion on Person of Interest.

  • Jake

    UFC seems to have fizzled, the ratings on FX are also down.

    Guess the fastest growing sport in the world is already dying.

  • larenz

    all shows was down from the big “mayweather vs cotto” fight! def UFC really FOX you guys put on boxing during the most televised event of the year!

  • Ross

    Jake: the ratings on FX are only down for The Ultimate Fighter.

    The live ‘UFC On FX’ / ‘UFC Prelim’ events on the channel have actually been on a slow but consistent upwards rise since January.

  • Mark


  • JohnnyRico

    Escape Routes was esentially just a 40 minute Ford infomercial with 20 minutes of commercials thrown in.

  • JFC

    To me the best thing about POI has been the development of the storyline and backstory throughout the season. If someone only watched an episode or two then they really have no way of understanding what it is so many of us like about the show.

  • Sarah

    @JFC, well said on POI, ICAM!

  • carla

    @JFC, exactly right. In a phrase, POI is a smart show for smart people. If you only watched the first two episodes last fall, you are not qualified to offer a comment on this terrific program.

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