TV Ratings Saturday: Hockey Beats Baseball, ‘Bet on Your Baby’ Up, ’48 Hours’ Down, Few Attend the ‘Ultimate BBQ Cookout’

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Scoreboard NBC CBS ABC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.5/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.954 4.171 2.512 2.236

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

NBC won with adults 18-49, while CBS  led with total viewers.

On NBC, the NHL Hockey Playoffs scored a preliminary 1.1 adults 18-49 ratin from 8-11PM.

On FOX, MLB Baseball (different games aired in different markets, and games started before primetime in many markets) notched a preliminary 0.5  adults  18-49 rating from 8-10PM.

On ABC, Bet on Your Baby earned a 0.5 up 25 percent from last week’s 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. The special Ultimate BBQ Cookout garnered a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating  at 9PM, down 25 percent from last week’s 0.8. A second episode at 10pm scored a 0.9, up 13 percent from last week’s 0.8 .


Broadcast primetime ratings for May 25, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC NHL Hockey (8-11PM) – Live 1.1/4 2.95
ABC Bet on Your Baby 0.5/2 2.32
FOX MLB Baseball (8-10PM) – Live 0.5/2 2.24
CBS The Mentalist – R 0.4/2 3.14
9:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.6/2 4.22
ABC Ultimate BBQ Cookout 0.6/2 2.36
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.9/3 5.15
ABC Body of Proof – R 0.4/2 2.86

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


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