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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  • Yes

    It’s finally over. Good riddance, Smash!

  • 728huey


    It’s Memorial Day weekend. Other than NASCAR, NBA Playoffs on TNT, and Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, virtually no one was showing any original programming last night, including cable and HBO/Showtime. The main broadcast networks are gradually rolling out their summer lineup, and the cable channels are going to break out their summer lineup in earnest next week.

  • CBSviewer

    Smash finally end… NEXT !!!

  • Survivor Fan


    I watched sports and Ultimate Survival Alaska (new episode) on Nat Geo. That is actually a very entertaining competition.

  • TV Viewer

    I watched the PBS Memorial Day concert from 8 to 9:30 PM. I doubt if the ratings were that good, but, I am glad I saw it.

  • PRW

    Bbc-a sat ratings?

  • Steve

    Ouch, a .05 for Smash finale?
    Smash is trash and NBC should have kept Harry’s Law!

  • Iggy

    I watched Conan & Letterman.

  • Andrew

    Smash came in second place at 9PM (and 10PM).

  • BBFan

    My problem with motive is all the old people on it! Who is that really old broad with the red hair and blow fish face? She’s way too old for that sexy medical examiner role!

    The other middle aged woman is not bad looking at all and her character is okay.

  • CrimTV


    Why should NBC have kept Harry’s Law when on a weekly basis it was scoring just three tenths higher than Smash on non-holiday weekends (0.8s).

  • Colin

    @Andrew, correction. Tied for 1st at 9pm and tied for 2nd at 10pm.

  • Bob

    Wow. Except for NASCAR, Wipeout won the night…lol.

  • pete5125

    Harry’s Law, actually had a huge viewer base, just scored very very old, so a 10PM Slot may have worked for affiliates since they want eyeballs for news, it just wasn’t going to help NBC’s average, when Rock Center scew’s younger you know you have issues

  • roly

    I get dizzy watching cars go round and round

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Up against repeats, the series finale of Smash still managed to pull fewer viewers (and a lower demo) than a repeat of Wipeout. It had fewer viewers than CBS, ABC, and Fox at 9. It still managed to lose to CBS and Fox at 10, while barely pulling ahead of a repeat of Rookie Blue on ABC. For a SERIES FINALE.

    Sorry, I am a little bitter at all the Smash fans who keep acting like its some crime that the show is cancelled. While airing after the Voice for the ENTIRE first season, the ratings gradually sank. This season, the ratings started out bad and then got much worse. It was generally at the bottom of EVERY time slot it was in, whether Tuesdays at 10, Saturdays at 8, or the finale on Sunday at 9.

    I respect that some people liked the show. My wife was one of those people. But NBC didn’t let this show down. This show was probably the easiest cancellation on any network this year. The show was (supposedly) very expensive to produce and the ratings were AWFUL. Many here argued that the show really shouldn’t have been renewed at all. NBC was being charitable by airing every episode of the season, rather than just yanking it all together, as they probably should have based on the numbers. So please, call up NBC and say “Thank You” for giving you all of the second season. Any other network and that probably wouldn’t have happened.

  • KC

    Hi, Can anybody let me know where I can find the Indy 500 Ratings?? Thanks!

  • Steve


    Harry’s Law was also NBC’s biggest show in viewers except for The Voice.

    Had NBC kept it, and canceled Smash last year, at least they’d have a show ready to go into syndication!

    Posted May 28, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Harry’s Law, actually had a huge viewer base, just scored very very old, so a 10PM Slot may have worked for affiliates since they want eyeballs for news, it just wasn’t going to help NBC’s average, when Rock Center scew’s younger you know you have issues

  • Abir

    Smash was not given a fair chance.. “Cougar Town Forever.” It was promoted at all the wrong times and the timings of it CONTINUOUSLY changed. You cannot expect it to keep up its ratings if it changed the time slot constantly and was pretty much only announced online. If this show was promoted better then I’m pretty sure it would’ve had a better chance of a third season.

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