TV Ratings Saturday: Hockey & Baseball Rise, 'Bet on Your Baby' Down, '48 Hours' Up

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June 2nd, 2013

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Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.433 3.272 3.272 2.383

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 1.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM up 9 percent from last week's 1.1.

On FOX, MLB Baseball (different games aired in different markets, and games started before primetime in many markets) notched a preliminary 0.7  adults  18-49 rating from 8-10PM up 40 percent from last week's 0.5.

On ABC, Bet on Your Baby earned a 0.4  down 20 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 48 Hours earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating  at 9PM, up 17 percent from last week's 0.6. A second episode at 10pm scored a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week .


Broadcast primetime ratings for June 1, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC NHL Hockey (8-11PM) - Live 1.2/4 3.43
FOX MLB Baseball (8-10PM) - Live 0.7/3 3.27
CBS Elementary - R 0.4/2 3.08
ABC Bet on Your Baby 0.4/2 2.00
9:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.7/3 3.68
ABC Motive - R 0.4/1 2.29
10:00 CBS 48 Hours 0.9/3 4.61
ABC Castle - R 0.4/1 2.86

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


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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Survivor Fan

    I wonder what these MLB and NHL ratings will be like in the finals.

  • Dennis

    In other news, USA has passed on picking up Happy Endings :D :D :D


  • CBSviewer

    In the fall CBS will have Comedy Time Saturday. When will CBS start repeating Comedies on Saturday ?

  • kmbv

    That’s actually not good for baseball considering that Red Sox vs Yankees matchup. Excellent for Hockey. The Cup Finals might set some records if it’s Boston vs Chicago.

  • Edward

    It will set records. Considering 2011 when Vancouver/Boston set records albeit 7 game series. You throw in Chicago and you get record smashing ratings! And for the money NBC is paying for the rights…..their making nice $$$$$$$ and in edition how their building the sport of hockey. Unlike ESPN……..

  • Eliot

    NBC seems to be doing much better now the regular season has ended…

  • Matt

    Bruins put up a 19.3 local rating despite the Red Sox playing the Yankees.

    Good Lord is baseball ever freefalling.

    Meanwhile, Conference Finals games this season are beating Finals games last season.

  • James Klatt

    Wonder if Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals beat both MLB and NHL combined.

  • yoyo


  • kmbv

    @james klatt

    Not only did it beat both but more than likely destroyed it. My guess is game 6 of the ECF on TNT got 9+ million viewers and 3.8 demo.

  • JeffT

    Why would a meaningless baseball game garner higher ratings than a meaningful hockey playoff game?

  • Chris

    This is part of the reason NBC paid the NHL 10yrs-2 billion.

    The deal as is, isn’t really that bad at all.

    The NHL is at it’s peak now and has never been able to take the next step in the USA above it. So for them it’s to dangerous not to accept a safe offer NBC gave them. Instead of going for say 5 years and in 2017 dropping in ratings.

    There is no doubt NBC is using the NHL for programming and for April-June to get solid cable ratings with Men 18-49.

    But they surely hoped eventually they could bring Hockey Night in the US on Sat nights.

    First with late round playoffs then all playoffs then during the regular season.

    Fanboys compare Sports.

    NBC Executives just saw one of their Sports properties win back to back Saturday evenings in Prime-time.

    It may be 3-4 more years before they start pushing 2.0(18-49) 4.5-5 million viewers but the NHL is growing and it’s going to happen.

  • jj

    Has a hockey game ever reached 10 million viewers? I have a feeling that a game 6 or 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks will reach that milestone.

  • jj


    Because Red Sox and Yankees were the main attraction. A Heat/Lakers regular season would have gotten at least 5 mil if not over 6 on ABC.

  • jj

    Well Heat/Lakers regular season matchup in February on ABC got a 5.0 overnight rating. Which means 6+ mil viewers.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Eliot

    This happens ever year. NBC is very competitive in (and maybe even wins) the summer. This means absolutely nothing for the regular season. Even the Olympics last summer did little to help NBC this year.

  • Adam


    I’d be willing to bet you 5000 dollars right now that not even a Stanley Cup Final game between Boston and Chicago will reach 10 million viewers.It’s not like there’s 6.5 million viewers that are all of a sudden gonna come around.

  • Max Vrany

    @jj, Has a hockey game ever averaged 10 million viewers? Yes, see the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Gold Medal Game. (Hint: 2.76 * 10^1 viewers!)

    Has an NHL game ever averaged 10 million viewers? I don’t know, but I doubt it. It hasn’t happened since NBC picked up the rights. Their highest is 8.5 million for Game 7 of the 2011 Cup final.

    I can see a 6 or 7 game Bruins-Blackhawks series easily getting over 10 million with a 4.5-5.0 in the demo.

  • Adam

    and for all those comparing the baseball game and the hockey playoff how about we actually compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges?

    The Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 did a 1.2/ and 3.43 million viewers compared to Game 1 of the NLCS last year which did a 4.1 and 6.8 million viewers.

    You want to compare playoffs to playoffs or regular season to regular season then come talk to me!

  • yoyo


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