TV Ratings Saturday: 'UFC on FOX' Knocks Out 'Vegas' & 'Smash'; 'Bet on Your Baby' Rises

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April 21st, 2013

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Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 3.31 4.84 3.28 2.26

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

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

On FOX, UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez  earned a 1.5  adults 18-49 rating down 17 percent from a 1.8 for the previous UFC on Fox on January 26.

On CBS, a special Saturday episode of Vegas scored a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating down 38 percent from a 0.8 for last week's Friday episode. The majority of you accurately predicted that it would beat Smash - though the margin of victory was a slim tenth of a ratings point.  48 Hours earned a  1.0 down 17 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Bet on Your Baby earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating up 17 percent from a 0.6 for last week's premiere.

On NBC, Smash tied its series low with a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX UFC: Henderson vs Melendez - Live 1.5/5 3.31
ABC Bet On Your Baby 0.7/3 2.92
CBS Vegas 0.5/2 4.32
NBC Smash 0.4/2 1.91
9:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.6/2 4.76
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 2.98
NBC The Voice - R 0.6/2 2.40
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 1.0/3 5.44
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.9/3 2.49
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 3.95

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


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  • The #1 Smash Hater.

    LOL @ Smash.

  • rob60990

    Go Bet On Your Baby! ;)

  • Liam

    Castle repeated better than I thought.

  • jessie

    Castle & Mentalist repeats beat new episodes of Vegas and Smash.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Bet on Your Baby is a beast!

  • Danak

    Smash’s total viewers actually went up from last week.

  • John A

    Bet on your baby? God what a stupid name.

  • Patsy

    Vegas was awesome this week! Jack & Mia are so hot together! Love that storyline. Cant wait to see them get back together. Dixon & Yvonne are very interesting too! I like that pairing. This show has some great storylines! I just love the 60s.

  • Alex

    I still don’t quite understand why ABC have buried Bet on Your Baby on Saturday nights. Not that I’m suggesting its a good show or anything it just seems like very odd scheduling. Surely it can’t be that bad…

  • RJ

    Not a single repeat in the 8pm hour on a Saturday night.

  • Rich

    IF Bet On Your Baby is renewed,ABC should pair it with America’s Funniest Home Videos either on Saturday or Sunday. Great episode last night. Good to see it doing so well.

  • Danak

    Smash was so good last night. The “That’s Life” duet between Kat McPhee and Megan Hilty was terrific. It’s too bad NBC didn’t give it a Voice boost for at least a couple of weeks (ie, directly behind Voice), but they were too sure that Ready For Love would work better, which it didn’t.

  • Marc

    Not sure why ABC is running Bet on Your Baby on Saturdays when there is so little new programming they could be running. It’s essentially doing what Happy Endings did on Friday nights, and Saturday is the Friday of “Fridays.” (If that makes since…?) I watched it for a few minutes and it is clearly better than Splash, not that that is saying much. I’d probably give it a shot on Tuesday or Thursday at 8PM where they can’t seem to find anything anyway.

  • David

    Bet On Your Baby smashes the completion! ;)

  • pete5125

    Bet on your baby isnt bad has kids say the darndest thing vibe to it…saying that i cant see it being a huge hit because the appil will always be young mothers…it was made by walmart so it cost abc next to nothing…plus what else can they do with sat at this point

  • David Howell

    This isn’t the worst slot ABC have given a game show. How about Sunday afternoon in football season anyone? Well that’s what Million Dollar Mind Game got. It became a very, very nerdy cult classic.

    Frankly, ABC could air that on Thursdays at 8 now and get a 1.0, I’d reckon. Seriously.

  • Sandra Oh

    Smash was terrific last night. The Megan Hilty solo “Don’t Forget Me” was a showstopper and the Megan/Kat duet at the end was just breathtakingly amazing. It’s such a shame that they threw this show away for that reality dreck. It deserves better. I will be sad to see it go.

  • Olka

    What happened to Smash?
    Looks like average the CW ratings.

  • Oliver

    If Bet On Your Baby grows just a little more then I could actually see ABC renewing it.

  • Rebecca

    Really enjoyed Smash. That episode could have served as a nice series finale (I know “Hit List” hasn’t “opened” yet, but “Bombshell” wrapped up well). I’ll keep watching the rest, of course.

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