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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  • Hi

    What happened to tv today?!

  • Danak

    Even if NBC no longer cares (they didn’t even show a next episode promo after the episode), I’m enjoying the remaining episodes of Smash. I do think this season is a lot more cohesive than last season and I’ve been enjoying it a great deal. I’m liking the Hit List songs quite a bit.

    Ultima, do you have a (non-hypertext) link to the ratings info on SpotVault?

  • Matt

    Why is so many comparing Smash to The Following?? Smash was an original while The Following was a REPEAT! Comparing apples and oranges lol

  • Ultima



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  • k:Alex

    Killing it softly :)

  • Shepherd

    So Smash beats a repeat of The Middle, and loses to all other programming on the night. I would have guessed that it would wind up on the very bottom with a .4.

  • Stop the Flop

    “Wow The [b]Flopping[/b] has horrible repeat numbers.”

    And this is why my user name exists.

  • Gio

    People are making fun of Smash like its ratings was a surprise… Oh please.

  • Oliver

    @John A
    It’s fun to mock Smash. It’s an expensive high-profile megaflop.

  • CrimTV


    “Wow The Flopping (Following) has horrible repeat numbers.”

    The Following is a serial drama to start with, meaning you really have to have watched from the beginning to really get it (like Revenge and the opposite of something like CSI) and all other repeats performed the same as well.

  • Amy

    Josh Safran is the worst showrunner. Which show will he destroy next???

  • Abir

    Smash is amazing! The fact that NBC market this show terribly plus it got moved to a Saturday yet earned a 0.5 is good!
    I just wish a station like FOX bought the show, they at least know how to promote their shows!
    Shame on you, NBC, ruining a show as amazing as this, smh.

  • Stephen Judson

    Good for GH.

  • Ashley

    I thought The Following did just fine considering it’s a repeat.

    @ Abir, I hate to disagree but NBC did plenty of promos for the show. They even had Smash after The Voice for a while. It failed to attract the audience so they moved it. Trust me, i don’t watch much of anything on NBC but The Voice and Grimm and I’m very aware of Smash’s promos. It’s a singing/drama show so it’s geared for a specific, limited audience.

  • DaxJackson

    Smash is bad lol It never recovered from last season… they fixed a bunch of stuff but added more problems :S The original music is the one great thing about the show, which is why it’s being burned off on the weekends, NBC still gets money from iTunes sales.

  • Joseph A

    I tried to watch Smash last night, but again the writing was pretty bad,

    Will stream it instead to more easily get past the crap moments of the series. For me its still a shame that a show with such potential was not allowed a smarter presentation.

  • Joseph

    “Smash” may rebound a little next week, since it won’t face the NCXAA tournament.,

    But in major markets, it (and everything else) will continue to face strong competition from local baseball, hockey, and pro basketball telecasts.

  • Joseph


    I meant “NCAA” tournament.

  • Joseph

    At least CBS got one major market team (number-11 Detroit; the University of Michigan is located in the Detroit suburb of Ann Arbor) in tomorrow’s (April 8th) NCAA Championship game.

    Oh, how CBS wishes there would be a final four of St. John’s (number 1 market New York), UCLA (number 2 market Los Angeles), DePaul (number 3 market Chicago) and Villanova (number 4 market Philadelphia), with a St. John’s/UCLA championship game.

    That might break the record the most-watched NCAA finals ever, thanks to major-market schools!

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