TV Ratings Sunday: NASCAR Wins Night, Soft Finish for 'Smash'

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May 27th, 2013

Smash Finale

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.5/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/4 0.5/2 0.4/1 0.4/1 x
Total Viewers (million) 6.980 2.963 4.449 2.392 x

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

 FOX was number one among adults 18-49  and with total viewers.                                                                                   

On FOX, NASCAR Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 earned a preliminary 1.9 adults 18-49 rating from 7-1 0PM down 10 percent from a 2.1 final rating for last year's race on Sunday, May 27, 2012, but even with last year's fast nationals.

On NBC, Smash scored a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating from 9-10 PM, up 25 percent from a 0.4 for its most recent episode on May 11. At 10PM, the series finale also  garnered  a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating up 25 percent from a o.4 on May 11. Your predictions were a little optimistic.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, May 26, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NASCAR Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 - Live (7-10PM) 1.9/6 6.98
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.7/3 4.03
CBS 60 Minutes - R 0.6/3 5.58
NBC The Voice - R (7-9PM) 0.5/2 2.39
8:00 ABC  Wipeout - R 0.8/3 2.95
CBS  NCIS: Los Angeles - R 0.5/2 4.50
9:00 NBC Smash 0.5/2 2.43
ABC Motive - R 0.5/2 2.62
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.4/1 3.30
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.6/2 4.41
NBC Smash - Series Finale 0.5/2 2.36
ABC Rookie Blue - R 0.5/1 2.26

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



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  • James

    The best episode of Smash in a long time, shame the whole season couldn’t have been this good, maybe the ratings would have increased.

  • JR35

    Tying ABC’s reruns. Oy. Never watched the show- did it get a proper finale?

  • Abir

    Smash was amazing! They went off with a great bang last night! Season 3 would be great but they went off wonderfully. So proud of them!

    The ratings were exactly what I expected. Sunday night, two episodes in two hours straight after being rescheduled so often with promotion in all the wrong places… Smash was killed off unjustly.

    Well done to this amazing show and I wish the best for everybody involved in creating the production!

  • Samuel

    Last night was the first time I ever watched Smash and it was actually very good. However, I hear that this season was nothing like the finale.

  • CrimTV

    WOW, just 1 show over a 1.0 on a Sunday, this is the sad state of television … :(

  • Danak

    Ah well, I figured Smash would probably get a .5 or .6 given the circumstances. It got almost no primetime promotion the last two weeks (actually none since it got moved to Saturday), except for 1 promo on the Voice repeat right before it. That’s actually up some from the last Saturday episode which got a .4 and 2 million viewers. But it’s Memorial Day weekend so I wasn’t expecting much. More’s the pity.

  • rob60990

    CrimTV its a holiday weekend and just about everything was a rerun. What do u expect?

  • Samunto

    wow Smash retained 100% of The Voice Lead-in!

  • CrimTV


    Sorry I wasn’t aware of the holiday weekend (live in the UK) but thanks that explains it.

  • DenverDean

    @CrimTV Additionally, the NBA Semi-Finals were on cable. Guaranteed that got well above 2.0 in demo.

  • Craig

    Shame for Smash but they wrapped everything up the best they could and went out with a bang

  • k:Alex

    Is this Sunday, it looks like Saterday.

  • a p garcia

    The voice beaten by Wipeout! Smash retained about 100% of voice lead in, that is unbelievable.

  • Brandy

    @Crimtv, yes but remember, its trandtion time _summer tv season hasnt started & the regular season is over and all but two programs were reuns on broadcast networks and ratings have down since March cause of DST,warmer weather so people are outside more and Sun. havent been good for broadcast networks other than SNF this past season plus, its a long holiday weekend.

  • Danak

    “Smash retained about 100% of voice lead in, that is unbelievable.”
    The one or two times that Smash followed a Voice repeat on Saturday, it kept most or all of its lead-in. It’s shows following Voice originals that have trouble keeping the lead-in.

  • DW

    outside of smash , the only thing new last night was on cable and netflix.

  • Andy W

    Obviously the low ratings on Sunday were due to the fact that Arrested Development Season 4 was released on Netflix ;)

  • Charmed

    I wish HBO would pick Smash up, they don’t care about ratings.

  • John A

    Wow horrible numbers all round.

  • jj

    Hmmm….That’s a lot of viewers for nascar. I wonder what they enjoy of cars going in around in a circle for 4 hours. I bet 95% of those viewers are from the south.

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