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

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  • Ryan

    @ Andrew – among other things, that would put SNL on in primetime in the West and limit some of the types of things they can do. Not to mention any stray s- or f-bombs immediately become potentially FCC fine-able since they would air before 10PM.

  • Walter

    How much longer is this Saturday charade going to go on. Large numbers of people have not watched Saturday network shows in decades. Turn the time over to the affiliates and be done with it.

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