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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  • Max Vrany

    @Adam, you’re the one comparing apples and oranges. The 4.1 Game 1 of the NLCS got is the metered market rating. The comparable number to the 1.2 for last night’s game is 1.9.

  • lavender

    Saturdays are so low. Especially summer time. Other than sports.

  • malik

    Max Vrany is right. The demo rating for this game one of the nhl conference finals isn’t far from mlb’s nlcs or alcs. This is the prelims too so im sure this game would be adjusted up to a 1.4 or so. And mlb had some powerful teams in the nlcs and alcs with the cards and giants, yankees and tigers. I believe both games recieved 6.8 million viewers and around 1.9 demo. Baseball skews older than hockey.

  • jagdeep

    you do realize that the yankees/red sox game was only in 57% of the market compared to the nhl game of 100% of the market
    that’s why the rating we always be low for baseball since it has different games for different part of the county

  • DZ

    Not even the hardcore hockey people here are suggesting the NHL has surpassed baseball. Just be happy for the NHL, folks. With the buzz it’s getting right now, I’m sure some people have to be reminded there was a lockout.

    I don’t think NBC will put regular-season games on Saturdays; if it did, the ratings would be equal or worse to what baseball is getting now. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if NBC had a prime-time game every Saturday during next year’s playoffs. That would help in the first round, when NBC has gone some weekends without airing a game at all because of conflicts with horse racing and golf.

  • roly

    Way to go

  • MichaelChickless



  • Dan

    I think baseball was hurt by the hockey (specially in Boston) and the basketball competition… Considering it was regular season verses playoffs

  • Dan

    I think baseball will be adjusted up because many markets that late innings occurred after 10

  • yoyo


  • Edward

    People need to relax. The thing and why this is great for the NHL is they would never beat MLB ever in the last 20 years, but now its has. Albeit it’s a playoff game vs regular season, but it just shows you NHL has grown. Compared to 15 years ago. I’m not bragging about these ratings in the face of MLB. I won’t do that its just nice to the NHL for one night or day can toot their horn a little…….lol

    And Adam I’ll be you that a Chicago/Boston final would get a game over 10 mill. Vancouver/Boston did over 8million and that was without an American team. Chicago would get at least 1million households for that game. I would actually expect a game 7 to do about 12million actually…..You can feel the momentum gaining for the league.

  • Edward

    DZ I totally agree with your statement…….Bingo!

  • Edward

    Actually Adam 8.54million watched the Canucks/Bruins game 7……..Now add in since Chicago and Boston have even gotten more established in their markets. Plus, it adds to the nostalgia of original 6. It’ll get over 10 mill for a game 7 and flirt with a 10 mill for maybe a game 6?

  • Matt

    Adam hasn’t been around for awhile now… Must still be having his foot surgically removed from his mouth.


    As usual I missed all of primetime last night but did notice that both the Penguins & the Pirates were both losers in the Pgh Market–Aye Me!

    Watched “Your Cheating Heart” On Demand sometime after 11PM–not that the advertisers particularly care. Woops, TCM is commercial free!

  • colt13

    NHL has one of those weird seasons where everybody left has won a title recently, so the names are more familiar. I normally root for the underdog, but with the short season, this will help ratings. NBC will be happy with anything over 1.3.

  • Edward

    Also, this is about selling the game……..The NBA has been so damn lucky! With having LA/CHIAGO/BOSTON in the finals for stretches that has stretched over decades. Or having Superstars in the finals….. Now I agree there was the San Antonio days. But that’s where the NBA fails they sell superstars and markets. Not the game. That is why NFL rules 24/7 the sell the game which is above the market and stars…..

  • yoyo


  • cc

    And tonight is night of reruns. Ho hum… Do the networks not even care where the viewers are?

  • kbmv


    You make no sense. The fact that baseball on fox has about 5 games that air in different parts of the country at the same time should be helpful to it’s ratings. It gives them variety. The yankees/Red Sox game was the majority as you say with 57%. There were other games from the midwest that those people i’m sure would rather watch anyway.

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