TV Ratings Saturday: NBA Basketball Beats NASCAR + 'Smash' Falls

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May 12th, 2013

Bojangles' Southern 500

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.90 5.41 4.93 1.91

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

ABC was number one with adults 18-49  but FOX won with total viewers.

On ABC, NBA Basketball scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and was the highest-rated program of the night.

On FOX, NASCAR scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours matched last week's 1.0

On NBC, Smash earned a 0.4, down a tenth from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 ratings.

Broadcast primetime ratings for May 11, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC NBA Basketball (8-11PM) 1.9 7 4.90
FOX NASCAR (8-10PM) 1.5 6 5.75
CBS NCIS-R 0.6 2 4.28
NBC Smash 0.4 2 2.01
9:00PM CBS CSI-R 0.7 2 4.73
NBC The Voice -R 0.4 1 1.82
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 1.0 3 5.78
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.8 2 2.431

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


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  • Damian


  • Charmed

    Smash isn’t done yet, the finale is May 26.

  • Danak

    Charmed, but it is the last Saturday show.

    Smash did well enough, not too big of a drop from last week. Stupid NBC Sports overran about 3 minutes and cut off the first musical number. And they overran with commercials as the golf program was over. What’s up with that?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Do we see final ratings for Saturdays posted here early in the week?

  • Ali

    You scared me there, Smash has Two episodes left yet! I hope it will be wrapped properly. I know the ratings sucked but I will really miss the show and I cant believe it was cancelled…

  • jp

    NASCAR did well against the NBA which was surprising. But overall it was a slow night. After all the hype for SMASH and have it go like this is just WOW.

  • Dan

    @Ali – The shows finale was written to serve as the final episode.

  • Joseph

    At least the broadcast networks drew over three million more viewers last night (May 11th) than the preceding Saturday (May 4th).

    The basketball game and the auto race were probably the major reasons.

    Also, it was “Iron Man 3″‘s second weekend in release, not it’s first.

  • Rachor Samien

    I wonder what would be the ratings of CSI, if was on at 8pm like NCIS, instead of 10pm.

  • Iggy

    A.P., Saturday finals aren’t posted here, due to to lack of interest. You Conan find them at Spotted Ratings.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Thanks Iggy. I didn’t think so.

    I usually don’t even look at the things but I was curious how low Smash (I don’t watch it) would go after the cancellation announcement.

    General question for you and any others in the know. If golf did indeed cut into the show by several minutes would that have artificially pumped up the ratings?
    I guess since we once had the half hours posted here and they were the same up to 10PM probably not, but I am curious.

    Even having read the article here about why ratings are adjusted I still don’t always “get it”.
    Ultimately though I know predicting anything off of half hours as well as trying to pick which way adjustments will go is often a fools errand.

  • Danak

    Golf could have pumped up Smash’s ratings in the first half hour, but since the actual championship was over and they were showing some analysis wrapup and then commercials, I have my doubts there was much, if any, artificial pumpup. And as you pointed out, demo-wise, the numbers were the same between the half hours, though we don’t know what they were the 100ths place.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Thanks Danak.

    I have to wonder if at this point the show has broken a record for lowest demo rating for an in-season original episode not on The CW.

    I think it would have the record if it had this rating on a weeknight but I never really followed the ratings for Saturday burn-offs of shows in-season like Outlaw.

  • Danak

    FYI, the Futon Critic posted a press release from NBC on its Saturday shows and NBC says Smash averaged a .4 and 2 million total viewers for the preliminary numbers.

  • Danak

    Antony, The Firm’s final Saturday episode got a .3. I don’t know at this time about other burn off shows

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “FYI, the Futon Critic posted a press release from NBC on its Saturday shows and NBC says Smash averaged a .4 and 2 million total viewers for the preliminary numbers.”

    Which is, unsurprisingly, exactly what this post has in it.

  • Danak

    Sorry Bill, I didn’t see that you had updated the TVBTN article from the initial “half hours only”. Sneaky :)

  • David

    Given the talent attached to it Smash is the worst series in the history of TV, and I’ve been watching TV since 1956. Yet, I can’t not watch it. It’s like a 100 car pile up.

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