TV Ratings Saturday: Final Four Slam Dunks the Competition, 'Smash' Hits a Low

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April 7th, 2013

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Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.1/17 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.924 2.684 2.136 1.961

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

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, the NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four notched a huge preliminary 5.1 rating from 8-11PM, up  2 percent from last year's 5.0.

On ABC, a special episode of 20/20 about the fiftieth anniversary of General Hospital garnered a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, beating a new episode of Smash.

On NBC, the first Saturday episode of Smash scored a series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating , down 44 percent from a 0.9 on Tuesday. Your predictions were about right.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS NCAA Basket ball Tournament (8-11PM) 5.1/17 15.92
NBC The Voice - R 0.7/2 2.38
FOX Cops -R 0.6/2 2.17
ABC The Middle - R 0.4/1 2.12
8:30 FOX Cops - R 0.8/3 2.47
ABC How To Live With Your Parents for the Rest of your Life - R 0.5/2 2.28
9:00 ABC 20/20 0.6/2 2.86
NBC Smash 0.5/1 1.88
FOX The Following - R 0.5/2 1.60
10:00 ABC 20/20 - R 0.6/2 2.99
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.6/2 2.15

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  • The #1 Smash Hater.

    Bye bye, Smash. Lol. 0.5. LOL LOL LOL LOL.

  • lukas

    ouch the voice..

  • Roy

    Smash gets smashed!

  • Melanie

    So, the title “Smash” is really pretty ironic . . . . .

  • KevinSW

    Honestly, considering it only did 0.2 below it’s last season Low, i expected it to crash and burn….but it ony crashed.

  • SJ

    So people purposefully tuned out of a repeat at 8pm and tuned back into a repeat at 10pm, going out of their way to avoid a new Smash episode at 9pm? Wow! That’s a first.

  • The Cool Max

    NBC will somehow write a press release saying ” how great Smash numbers are.” Cancel it already, please!

  • alexjones

    smash did a bit better than I thought it would, I was expecting something around a 0.3.

  • 728huey

    Ouch at everything not the NCAA Final Four. I don’t think very many people watched anything on network TV last night outside of the Final Four, and I wonder how much worse it will be next week.

    BTW, for those people wondering why CBS keeps the NCAA tournament in the early rounds when they could show BBT reruns and get higher ratings, last night was why. And I predict Monday night will be even bigger.

  • forg

    I got Smash ratings correct! OK repeat rating for The Middle on Saturday

  • Danak

    Not a surprise for Smash. I figured a 0.4 so pretty close. I think a lot of viewers didn’t realize it was on this Saturday or forgot about the move. The Voice repeat was somewhat suppressed from what it’s done in the past, probably due to NCAA basketball (that a pretty huge number for a Saturday).

    So is there a chance this site would post final numbers when they come in? I know you don’t normally bother, but I would think people would be interested given there was a live NCAA event going on. Is there any site that does post final Saturday numbers?

  • TheFloppingFails

    Wow The Flopping has horrible repeat numbers.

    The critically acclaimed “Smash” even beat it! Just poor awful for FOX.

  • Julia


  • SB

    Seriously, how many nights a week can NBC run The Voice? It is on again tonight.

  • PJM

    Smash was tied by a rerun of How to Live With Your Parents? Ouch!

    Oh, and I don’t think Fox gives a rat’s ass about what a repeat of The Following does. It did a 2.2 on Monday, so that’s what counts.

  • Ultima

    So is there a chance this site would post final numbers when they come in?

    The late game (Michigan-Syracuse) will be in the broadcast top 25 on Tuesday. The early game probably won’t be because it’s not considered primetime programming.

    Is there any site that does post final Saturday numbers?

    SpotVault typically has them up on Wednesday.

  • martin

    will it least Smash beat out the Following!

    anyway Smash will be on every Saturday! Yay!

    and of course sports of any kind will beat out regular tv shows- duh

  • rob60990

    Smash did better than I expected. Surprised HTLWYP grew from The Middle.

  • John A

    Why are people mocking Smash? Its burn off of a cancelled show so who cares?

  • Ultima

    will it least Smash beat out the Following!

    Wow, an original of Smash beat a repeat of The Following in total viewers.

    The Following repeat did better in the demo (0.5/2 vs 0.5/1), which is actually what matters.

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