TV Ratings Saturday: 'NASCAR' dominates a Slow Night

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May 13th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/6 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.716 4.941 2.118 2.816


FOX won a slow Saturday in adults 18-49  and with total viewers with its broadcast of a NASCAR race with a 1.5 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours Mystery was the night's top rated non-sports show among adults 18-49, earning a 1.218-49 rating, down from last week's 1.3.

On NBC, The Firm scored a 0.4 rating among adults  18-49 down from its last original from two weeks ago, which earned a 0.5.

ABC aired the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, 'At World's End' and earned a 0.6 rating average for the three hour airing.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, May 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX NASCAR (8-10) 1.5 6 5.716
ABC Pirates of the Caribbean (8-11) 0.6 2 2.118
CBS CSI: Miami -R 0.5 2 3.054
NBC Harry's Law -R 0.3 1 2.714
9:00PM CBS NCIS -R 0.8 3 5.560
NBC The Firm 0.4 1 2.188
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.2 4 6.209
NBC Law and Order SVU - R 0.7 2 3.546

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  • Danak

    Isn’t Saturday always a slow night?

  • a p garcia

    I like NASCAR

  • Survivor Fan

    Harry’s Law (a.k.a. Canceled Law) repeat ties Escape Routes from last week.

  • msmaka

    Unless there’s sports, nba playoffs probably easily did over 2.5 for lal-den game7 as well.

  • Ultima
  • NBC is awesome

    Is NBC releasing their schedule today?, if so when?

  • RJ


    Thanks for posting that link. Its funny that a repeat of The Firm did better against two football games then a new episode last night.

  • Jon Haven

    @NBC is awesome. I think it’s around 1:30 PM.

  • USAmerica1st

    Good thinking by the networks with those reruns. NASCAR’s Southern 500 (gotta love Jimmie getting his 200th victory) plus the NBA Celtics and Lakers games probably got a ton of sports fan interest.

  • NBC is awesome

    i enjoyed the firm.

  • NBC is awesome

    I hated that pirate movie.

  • cc

    Maybe the networks should start showing daytime soaps in prime time? Damn right that’s sarcasm. Sort of.

  • greenf

    lol i can’t believe The Firm is still around.

  • JR35

    ^Yes- how many episodes will have aired by the timethe season ends?

  • Matt

    5 million viewers is nice.

    1.5 rating not so nice.

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