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
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
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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • unkystan

    My DVR didn’t pick up on the Smash time change and recorded The Voice. Why is NBC pissing off the die-hard fans by moving it back an hour? I just saw the episode On Demand.

  • Ellen S

    My Tivo picked up the Voice. Bummer.

  • ArrestedDeveloper

    I like Smash but during the last episode I finally realized Catherine McPhee isn’t great at acting. Though it might just be that her character is whiny and monotone whenever she isn’t performing.

  • wilemon

    Smash-blame the writers who though giving Karen another completely obnoxious boyfriend for season 2 would enthrall viewers.

  • David

    I’ve abstained from watching network television for very obvious reasons. I’ll admit that the very last network program that I ever watched was Bob Barker’s finale from The Price is Right in June 2007. Network television lost its oomph a long, long time ago. For that matter I’ve witnessed many great cable networks suffer the same fate of major dumbing down in the last ten or so years. What little there’s left on the old tube for some viewing pleasure is very scare nowadays. Old classics and documentaries satisfy this man’s viewing appetite.

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