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

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April 21st, 2013

Smash April 20

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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  • DryedMangoez

    I think Vegas is a little more embarrasing than Smash at this point. Once on Tuesdays as CBS’ big buzz drama then shipped off to Fridays when another show did marginally better in the timeslot and now so insignificant that instead of airing next week from being pre-empted, CBS burns it off on Saturday knowing no one would care. Ouch.

  • Brandy

    Smash was great last night.Too Bad nbc didnt give it the voice leadin and shoved it to Sat ,all for quickly cancelled reality show.OH well, at least all the episodes will air and producers said it would have a proper finale.Katherine and Megan deserve better thsn being burned off a dead tv night.

  • Michael

    Why does Smash deserve The Voice, as a lead-in?

  • andri

    Reality is smash was the lowest powderkeg major network show of the whole night.

  • s0303

    embarrassing that a repeat of the mentalist beat vegas…yikes.

  • rob60990

    Smash already had The Voice lead-in for about every episode last year except when it aired after AGT for an episode or 2. It didn’t deserve the slot again.

  • Pip

    I didn’t even realize the put Friday’s Vegas on Saturday. I’m sure a lot of people missed it.

  • AniMatsuri

    In over all viewers Vegas did smash Smash at least. I guess we now know how many diehards are going to stick around until the last episode of Smash is shown.

  • Cindibelle

    I love Vegas…very sorry if it gets cancelled…

  • Dave S.

    The Vegas numbers are skewed southerly because most viewers didn’t think CBS would slide it from Friday to Saturday this week. We love the series and shudder at the thought of it being cancelled. The stories are getting more interesting each time. People ought to give it a shot and see for themselves.

  • K

    @Dave S

    Why bother?

  • Craig

    Smash was brilliant as well, Americans really are stupid

  • Dan

    Bet on Your Baby is doing well enough to not be pulled but not to get another season.

    Wow @ Vegas & Smash but at least we know that their respective networks will let them finish their runs.

  • Liam

    Smash has fallen hard:
    February 2012 Series premiere: 11.44 million viewers and a 3.8 in the demo.
    April 2013: 1.91 million viewers and a 0.4 in the demo.

    Talk about a significant drop in a year. Lost 9.5 million viewers and 3.4 in the demo. Smash is definitly not getting a season 3. NBC should have moved the show to Fridays instead of Saturdays, at least it could have done somewhat better on Fridays, getting around a 1.0 and at least 2-3 million viewers.

  • Alex

    Smash was brilliant as well, Americans really are stupid

    Lets not get carried away here.

    While this weeks episode is easily one of the best episodes they’ve done since the pilot and an example of how good the show could have been for the most part the show hasn’t been especially good and has wasted a largely brilliant cast with some truly awful writing.

  • JacobYates

    Vegas wins its time period in total viewers. It’s nothing if not consistent in that category.

  • Steve

    Smash least watched show all night long LOL

    Yet another McPhee career flop.

  • Oliver

    Why do you think Smash would get 1.0 on Friday when it couldn’t even manage 1.0 on Tuesday?

  • Ram510

    YES Bet on Your Baby!!!! I hope it keeps increasing, we need more original Saturday shows. Especially fun family ones

  • LStaedtler

    Wow…The 8 p.m. hour had all original programming. Wonder when the last time that happened on a Saturday.

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