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

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May 26th, 2013

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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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  • TJ

    That awkward moment when a repeat of BOP wins the night for ABC with total viewers and is only a 0.2 rating behind new episodes. ABC have definitely made a mistake cancelling and will regret it. It’s not too late for them to uncancel and give a summer season for 2014.

  • Charmed

    I honestly have a feeling that BOP will be un cancelled like Unforgettable.

  • Chris Biscan


    NHL hockey pulling 3 million viewers is huge.

    NBC will make it a Springtime Sat night staple going forward.

  • John A

    Id like BOP to come back but i dont expect it to.

  • Colin

    Just letting you guys know that Smash is on 9-11pm not 10-11pm.

  • Matt

    Lol, the NHL doubles the MLB rating up despite the MLB showing five different games regionally.

    That’s 10 local market ratings vs two.

  • Tyson

    I’d expect an NHL playoff game to do better than an MLB regular-season game. Nonetheless, bad news for baseball.

  • CBSviewer

    Séries low for 48 Hours at 9PM ?

  • Chris Biscan

    We are close to NBC showing NHL every Saturday night in Spring

  • Matt

    I wouldn’t say we’re close, but they should be. Not like any of NBC’s scripted programming is any good.

  • Max Vrany

    @Chris, CBC and NHL Network have Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights. I can’t see NBC competing with or simulcasting HNIC.

  • Matt

    How would NBC be competing with HNIC? Only border cities have CBC.

  • Rollie Dethloff

    Body Of Proof could’ve gotten another season, but then it would have been starting in February again, with only 13 episodes, which would bring it to 45 (correct me if I’m wrong), which is just over 2 seasons worth (22 each). It probably would’ve been cancelled next year then anyways.

  • John A

    Those 48 Hours were repeats anyway.

  • Matt

    And HNIC is in trouble if they can’t put up some kind of money to bid with TSN and Sportsnet.

  • kbmv

    Lmao @ baseball. It truly is a dying sport. Even tho it’s a playoff hockey game vs regular season baseball, it’s still very amazing. The NBA regular season ALWAYS got more than 3 mil viewers on abc and it wasn’t even primetime. People need to stop trying to compare NHL to NBA because it’s no comparison. But MLB is really becoming pathetic. I do beleive hockey is becoming more popular in the U.S. but not significantly.

  • Freddy Arrow

    Some of ABC’s new shows will do worse than Body of Proof did this current season. They still won’t regret cancelling it. They’d rather take a chance on something hitting than renewing a mediocre rated show like Body of Proof which proved it had a OK following, but showed no indications of ever being more than that.

  • kbmv

    The NHL is gonna get a great finals matchup no matter how it goes. Pitt vs L.A., Pitt vs Detroit, Boston vs L.A., Boston vs Detroit, Boston or Pitt vs Chi. No matter how it looks the ratings will be way higher than last year.

  • tested

    Again, kudos to NBC and the NHL for making hockey a TV success..albeit on Saturday nights. They got good numbers the other night on CNBC and NBCSN too.

  • Shane


    I guess you think SJ won’t make it huh lol. I don’t either but it was funny you mentioned every team but them

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