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TV Ratings Saturday: 'Smash' Sinks Even Lower & 'Bet on Your Baby' Premieres Weak

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April 14th, 2013

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Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.775 5.389 2.329 2.387

 

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

On CBS, the 48 Hours earned a  1.2 at 10PM, up from its last original's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, NASCAR racing earned a 1.4 from 8-10PM and was the highest rated program of the night.

On ABC, the premiere of  Bet on Your Baby earned a 0.6  at both 8PM and at 9PM

On NBC,  Smash scored a 0.4, down a single tenth from last week's series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX NASCAR Racing (8-10PM) 1.4 5 5.78
CBS NCIS -R 0.7 3 4.86
ABC Bet on Your Baby 0.6 2 2.36
NBC Smash 0.4 1 1.80
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9:00PM CBS 48 Hours -R 0.8 3 4.98
ABC Bet on Your Baby 0.6 2 2.27
NBC The Voice -R 0.6 2 2.26
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10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.2 4 6.33
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 1.0 3 2.93
ABC Body Of Proof -R 0.4 1 2.53

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Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • Patrick Gillease

    @ Michael…Why not just cancel Smash already? These numbers are embarrassing! Put it out of its misery already. How many unaired episodes left?

    SMASH IS canceled. That’s why NBC moved it to Saturdays to burn off the episodes. TVBTN lists it as “canceled,” too. NBC just won’t confirm it as canceled yet so it supposedly can retain what little viewership it has left. At this point, they’d be better off making an official cancellation announcement because people might actually tune back in to see how it ends!

    @ Amy…As for new show-runner Josh Safran, his overall idea for this second season was sound. Keeping the entire focus of the show strictly on “Bombshell” was its biggest problem last year. Once the show-within-a-show made it to Broadway (or didn’t), the series would have been over. It’s only hope for ongoing survival was to make the series more like “Fame” and shift it to a group of young Broadway wannabees and their career struggles within several different Broadway shows. Unfortunately, that new direction was too little, too late.

    Speaking of “Fame,” how about a remake of THAT instead, and do “SMASH” the way it SHOULD have been done from Day 1?!

    P.S. Jeremy Jordan is a HORRIBLE actor, regardless of how attractive people think he is. He could barely get out his lines every time he spoke on “SMASH.” I was beginning to think someone put peanut butter in his mouth before every scene he did! Ship him back to Broadway and keep him there!!

  • The Corrections Dept.

    @Alex

    Are you Bob? As far as practical/org chart considerations, go: great. Uni TV and NBC are two separate entities. But. That’s the org chart. Where the rubber meets the road, tt’s all the same pocketbook and nowhere else (except maybe ABC) would this kind of nonsense be permissible. NBC/Uni vs NBC vs Uni = not super relevant. Kabletown has won.

    In dollars spent per ratings point delivered, nothing else even comes _close_ in recent history to the shenanigans that have occured with Smash. I’m not sure why you’re an apologist or explicator for Comcast/NBC/Uni but Greenblatt as Daddy Warbucks in this self-dealing scenario has crucially, existentially damaged NBC as a brand, has killed Smash as a show, has, yes, materially affected Comcast bottom line for the group, has thoroughly nuked any cred Greenblatt may have had as an exec.

    Yes, NBC as a network and Uni TV are two distinct units under Comcast. They do not function as such. Beyond that: so what?

    Reread the Buzzfeed piece. It is as accurate as the written word can be. Unless you are Bob, it is as close to the truth as you will come.

  • Bear

    Bet on your baby? Once more, tv hits a new low.

  • Rokk

    Is SMASH NBC’s lowest rated drama original ever?

  • Oliver

    @The Corrections Dept.

    In dollars spent per ratings point delivered, nothing else even comes _close_ in recent history to the shenanigans that have occured with Smash.

    Eh, Kings was pretty bad.

  • Oliver

    @Rokk

    No. Kings achieved 0.3 in 18-49 on Saturday.

  • glen

    I had secretly hoped that Smash and Bet on Your Baby would both do good and that would encourage the networks to start programming original shows on Saturday nights once again. Then again ABC likely didn’t have high expectations for Bet your Baby and NBC is just letting Smash end it’s run. I don’t know why NBC doesn’t just move Smash back to Monday night following the Voice. Maybe they figured at this point the “brand” has been tarnished.

  • Chicago Fire: SVU

    Oliver

    But in King’s defense one of those 0.3’s was on July 4th (I don’t have an excuse for the other 0.3 in it’s Summer run).

    Smash isn’t that big of a bomb, at least it didn’t almost bankrupt the network (NBC’s Supertrain).

  • Brad

    Smash… What Happened?

  • andri

    Totally agreeably concur withal shark tank repeats on Saturday. Kudos, Tv viewers!!
    Smash enharbors belonging on hulu and the like live streaming minus Katherine Mc Phee. Her phrenology embodies low ratings. After all, she exhuberantly entails the lead and main protagonist of the show.

  • Milly

    WHY IS NBC TRYING TO GET RID OF ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN A LONG LONG LONG TIME!!!! SMASH IS THE BEST SHOW I’VE SEEN YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET IT. NBC SHOULD NOT HAVE MOVED IT FROM MONDAY NIGHTS. THAT IS WHAT MESSED THINGS UP!!! THEN YOU CHANGED SOME OF THE CAST MEMBERS THAT HELPED MAKE THE SHOW MORE REAL WHICH PROBABLY RUINED EVERONES CHEMISTRY!! WHAT HAPPENED TO JENNIFER HUDSON WHAT WAS THE PUPOSE OF PUTTING HER IN OH BROTHER! THE CAST FROM SEASON ONE WAS PERFECT IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT!!!

  • Milly

    AND ANOTHER THING IF KATHERINE MCPHEE WASN’T GREAT ON SMASH THEN IT WOULDN’T HAVE DONE FANTASTIC LAST YEAR FOR THEM TO DO ANOTHER SEASON!!!!! SHE WAS THE REASON I WATCHED IT AND STILL DO KATHERINE MCPHEE IS AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! LEAVE KATHERINE MCPHEE ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve

    If only NBC had kept Harry’s Law instead of renewing Smash they’d still have viewers.

  • Steve

    The cancellation bear is going to gobble up Katharine McPhee. First failing a music career and now failing TV.

  • Rob R

    “Smash” is now lower than NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” a daytime soap.

  • MichaelChickless

    Anything but a Smash hit!

  • HT

    Smash should have been a one season show in my opinion. The second hour of season 2 was where it fell apart, splintering in different directions, bringing in new cast members and driving full speed into no mans land. Sean Hayes should have stayed behind the camera – he, in effect, killed his own show.

  • Andy

    Too bad about Smash, but NBC new dramas haven’t done well. I really liked Awake and I discovered the Firm when it got moved to the Saturday night burn-off spot last year. They both were very good shows IMO.

  • Jan

    SMASH and its fate is really sad in my opinion. It has always been the kind of show that appeals to a small but really enthusiastic group of people.

    In my opinion, as one who really fell in love with it last year, this year they ruined it with the inclusion of “Hit List”, it’s CRANKY writer, and all the drama, drama, drama with him – I know why – Megan Hilty HAD to play Marilyn and there had to be a vehicle for Kathryn McPhee. (Who after two seasons I STILL cannot understand when she sings.)

    When they changed showrunners, that totally screwed it up. I don’t care if Rebeck was nutty as a fruitcake – last year’s show was a gem. This year, except when they were showing Bombshell and the original cast, it was just irritating.

    I thought Saturday night’s show was as close to the first season as anything this season but of course, it’s all for naught.

    Incidentally, I’m a senior and as such, spend a lot of time on Facebook and if I had not seen the ONE notification that the hour was moved up to 7/8PM, I would have recorded The Voice…..not something I’d have been happy about. As far as I know there were exactly zero promos for SMASH on NBC.

    I’m sad about SMASH – if they could get rid of The Hit List mess and go back to Bombshell and THEN start a new show, I believe it could make sense. As it is, I know its fate.

  • AniMatsuri

    See? I had faith Smash’s ratings had on were to go but down! Unlike the UK people in the US go out(especially the 18-49 demo) on Fri. & Sat. which is why those days will always for the foreseeable future be a ratings grave yard.

    That, and I suspect that people in the US actually still have money to go out on those days unlike those in the UK.

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