TV Ratings Saturday: 'Cops' Repeats Lead FOX to Nightly Win + 'Bet On Your Baby' Flat

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May 19th, 2013


Scoreboard FOX ABC NBC CBS
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.608 3.054 2.187 3.183

FOX won with adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.


On ABC, Bet on Your Baby matched its last original's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. A two-hour 20/20 earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0


Broadcast primetime ratings for May 18, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Cops -R 0.7 3 2.36
NBC Grimm -R 0.4 2 1.85
ABC Bet on Your Baby 0.4 2 1.99
CBS Elementary -R 0.3 1 2.47
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.8 3 2.68
9:00PM FOX Cops -R 0.9 3 2.66
ABC 20/20 (9-11PM) 0.7 2 3.59
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.6 2 2.43
CBS Criminal Minds-R 0.5 2 3.19
9:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.9 3 2.70
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 3.92
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.7 3 2.284

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


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  • jaja voom

    even though its repeats, i never seen cbs low

  • Fred

    Is a 0.3 a record low for CBS?

  • pooty

    Why is COPS getting canceled again?

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Why FOX canceled Cops ? It was too expensive ?

  • Fred

    Cops is a cheesy production. No way expensive.
    Has to be another reason . Maybe they had an offer they couldn’t refuse from a cable channel.

  • Ultima

    Why is COPS getting canceled again?

    Because FOX Sports Saturday limited the amount of time available for COPS; it’s gone from 36+ episodes a season to only 22 the past couple of years and only 16 this season. It can air year-round and have more episodes on Spike.

  • sally

    im glad I have dish with a dvr,i don’t watch regular tv much anymore

  • reedmac

    Eurovision for the win!

  • Oliver

    A Grimm repeat equalled last’s weeks Smash ratings.

  • Joseph

    ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC drew between them nearly five million fewer viewers last night (May 18th) than the previous Saturday.

    One reason may be that none of the big four had a live sports event.

    Another might have been the NBA playoff game between In Indiana and New York on ESPN, which probably drew more viewers than any broadcast-network program last night.

    Another reason may have been the new “Star Trek” movie, but I don’t think it had as much an effect on prime-time TV viewing as “Iron Man 3″‘s opening weekend did earlier this month.

    I am convinced the major reason was college commencements (graduations) around the country. All but a handful of the nation’s colleges and universities are holding their commencements this weekend, and a few million people probably traveled to see their son/daughter/nephew/niece/grandson/granddaughter/friend/neighbor graduate.

    In the case of Friday night, TV viewing was down because people were traveling to commencements, while last night was down because people who graduated yesterday (and their families) were celebrating, while many people whose loved ones are graduating today may have been traveling yesterday and last night to reach those campuses.

    And as I posted yesterday, if you think last night’s ratings were low, the numbers may even be worse next Saturday (May 25th), since it will be the middle of Memorial Day Weekend. The combined rating in the 18-49 demo watching the broadcast networks may not even equal a 1, while the total number of viewers may be under ten million.

    It could be historically ugly!

  • Joseph

    The final two episodes of “Smash”, according to the NBC Media Village website, are supposed to run back-to-back next Sunday (May 26th) from 9 to 11 P.M. EDT.

    However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t get broadcast and instead get exiled to the Internet, much like the last episodes of “Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23″ got dumped onto the ‘net.

    Our own Cancellation Bear probably wishes that he could prevent unaired episodes from even being streamed on the Internet!

  • JoeHamm


    John Langely had been wanting to move COPS over to Spike for a while, but was wanting to wait until he reached the 25th anniversary mark with Fox.

    If you ask me, this is likely the right thing for the show, it might have a better life on cable.

  • k:Alex

    Elementary isn’t a hit at all, only placed in the best spots as possible so it can’t flop.
    CBS must place it too Fridays in 2014-2015, when Blue Bloods is canceled (enough episodes for syndication).

  • The End


    You don’t have to be a hit to be a good show. Someone over at CBS loves the show enough to protect it ;)

  • cc

    If the broadcast networks can’t give people anything decent to watch they deserve these lousy numbers.

    They’re still under the assumption no one watches weekend tv so why bother.

  • Pavelsauce


    It could be historically ugly!

    You said almost the same thing the weekend Iron Man 3 came out, but your prediction wasn’t true at all!

  • Doug82

    What were the other 91% watching at 9? Doesn’t this mean there’s an available audience out there?

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    My ABC affiliate preempts Bet on Your Baby for local sports coverage and then airs them on Sundays at 3. No idea why, because they aired 20/20 later.

  • 728huey

    I’m actually surprised FOX didn’t air the NASCAR All-Star race in Charlotte, which is a kickoff for the Coca-Cola 600 which airs next Sunday. They usually telecast this race because it’s cheap filler which they already have a contract for, but it must have aired on SPEED Channel instead, since ESPN was already airing the Knicks/Pacers playoff game.

    Plus besides warmer weather and Hollywood blcokbusters, there are a lot of high school proms, graduations, and college graduations going on this weekend, so a lot of people aren’t watching TV. Also, with most networks having already aired their season finales of their regular shows, there is little to watch or look forward to until June.

  • Andrew

    NBC should just air SNL live in the West Coast at 8:30 PM and then re-air it at 11:30 for those who didn’t see it at 8:30. It would surely get better numbers then what they’re doing now and NBC would probably win almost every Saturday night.

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