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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  • Matt

    I like how people confuse themselves into thinking anybody is comparing the NHL and the NBA.

    What’s being pointed out is the the NHL is rising so quickly that they could be in the same realm sooner than most would think.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Chris Biscan

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

    Hockey Night in America! We’ll sell you the concept and, as an added bonus if you act now, we’ll toss in Don Cherry for free, just pay separate shipping & handling … act now, don’t delay, our operators are standing by … Visa & Mastercard accepted.

  • rob60990

    ABC should’ve just showed a rerun of Castle. Why rerun a cancelled show?

  • HalCapone

    1.1 for NBC any night is considered a monster hit. Hockey is still very foreign to many Americans; under 3 million viewers for a playoff game is pretty anemic. It is throwaway programming for all networks on saturday night, however.

  • glover

    I don’t think ABC made a mistake canceling Body of Proof. What surprises me is that any cable network picked it up. I believe the show would fit really well with USA or TNT shows. ABC Studios should’ve beem more insistent.

  • Chris


    Why would TNT pick up Body of Proof when they already have Major Crimes, seems repetitive.

  • THE Cancellation Bear!

    Well, if ABC did the smart thing and show THEIR NBA playoff game against the NHL, they would have, of course, killed it! Hockey is NO competition for the NBA, or MLB! Stop trying to promote it, all you Canucks!

  • Theoacme

    @ THE Cancellation Bear!: …ahem!

    Perhaps you consider Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Minnesota part of Canada…

    …I can see it now – Canadian cheesesteak ~retch~

    …I hate the Flyers, but they’re as American as apple pie, hot dogs, and Chevrolet…

    …and the NBA – King LeBron couldn’t stand Cal Clutterbuck breathing close to him, much less a cross check into the boards, he would cry like a Busch brother – call the waaaaambulance! NBA is for wimps!

  • diet sunkist

    The Spurs/Grizzlies should beat both the NHL and MLB game, even though it was on cable, and even though most San Antonio games are a ratings disaster for the NBA. However, the difference in viewers won’t be that much.

  • diet sunkist


    You understand that LeBron has 9 inches and 50lbs on this Cal CLutterbuck guy, right? And that he’s also one of the most freakish athletes in the world? CLutterbuck is smaller than the average NBA point guard, and I guarantee hes never went up against someone anywhere near the size of LeBron.

  • Matt

    You understand that Wade is bigger than Clutterbuck is too right?

    But I’ve never seen Clutterbuck wheeler off the ice in a wheelchair crying over an ARM injury.

    So yeah, your whole toughness argument for NHL vs. NBA isn’t really gonna work. The NHL kills the NBA in that regard. Nice try, though.

  • Matt

    And the Cancellation Bear’s comment is rather funny. Aside from the fact that the NBA’s WCF ratings are absolutely awful this year, he goes and makes the foolish comment about how the NHL can’t compete with the MLB.

    Scroll up, buddy. Doubled their rating and the MLB was doing regional coverage.

  • Oliver


    Renew it ABC! It’s dirt cheap and nothing will perform better in that slot.

  • wade

    what a lame title. hockey beats baseball. put a MLB playoff game against a hockey regular season game on a Saturday night and see what happens then. would the title be baseball beats hockey? show a little intelligence writers!

  • JR

    Less than 3 million for a playoff game on a broadcast network is good for hockey but still seems pretty pathetic. The Heat vs. Pacers game tonight should get around 8 to 9 million viewers on cable. I don’t get how you can argue that the NHL is approaching the NBA in terms of viewership anytime soon.

  • Michael

    I’m thrilled the NHL drew so well Saturday night. I think NBC & the NHL should do a Saturday Night Showcase all season long. This would greatly help the NHL showcase the stars on other teams. For example, have Washington play Tampa Bay or have Pittsburgh play Carolina. Give the teams who doesn’t get the vast national exposure a chance to shine on a big stage, in turn you create more marketable stars in the long run so if a Cup Final one year is Carolina & Calgary, the ratings wouldn’t take a big hit because more fans will know the caliber of talent on these teams. It would be a win-win for NBC & the NHL.

  • Anon

    NHL = playoffs
    MLB = Fox’ insane local blackout crapshoot

    It’s really no surprise that the NHL drubbed MLB.

    Thank the television gods the Fox blackouts end at the end of this season.

  • Chris

    Let’s face it the playoffs are really the only time people care about the NBA or the NHL.

  • kbmv


    Not true. There are many good regular season matchups for both. You know what isn’t worth watching? Baseball. Regular season or playoffs it’s a snoozer. I think the NBA and NHL are way better leagues than MLB. I don’t see how any sane person can sit through an entire baseball game. And the players are fat. It’s not even athletic what they do. They sit or stand around for 80% of the game.

  • tordickey

    kbmv , one only has to look at local market ratings ,regular season baseball pretty much trumps both regular season basketball and hockey (and hockey it is not even close), with 162 games to watch , people pretty much only watch their local teams. kbmv , you obviously have never played sports , i have played Baseball , Basketball , and Football on a major college level. Baseball is by far , the toughest of the 3 sports to master.

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