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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  • Dan

    Smash is obviously cancelled but I doubt NBC will pull it no matter how low the numbers go.

  • Ultima

    I hope it dies like when ABC used Millionaire the same way.

    So in your mind airing repeats of The Voice on Sundays when they have nothing else to air (as well as once on a Saturday), while the show is in the middle of a season, is the same as ABC airing Millionaire three to five night a week every single week for over a year.



    Cancellation Bear is going to gobble up Katharine McPhee and company :)

  • PJ

    Well, let me just say if see another low budget reality show I am going to scream!!!! I happen to like Smash. It is certainly not the best show I have ever seen but it beats most reality shows. It seems to take a while for some shows to catch on. I am so over Americal Idol now too! Moving a show around the time slots, moving days, etc etc will kill any show, even the best ones because channel guides are not perfect even if you dvr it you don’t always get what the program guides says. There is nothing more annoying than missing and episode that you can’t get online. Greys Anatomy was one of my favourite shows until they killed Lexie and Mark, so I am now so over it too! It’s boring now. blah, blah, blah.
    Anyway, kill all the reality shows that are stupid or over, like most and there would be lots of telivison time slots to fill in prime time!!

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