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.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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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  • Matt

    kbmv, it’s not even the variety, it’s that they have that many more local markets to jack up the ratings.

  • yoyo


  • Ultima

    @Max Vrany
    Has an NHL game ever averaged 10 million viewers?

    Yes. The most watched NHL game was Chicago-Montreal SCF game 7 in 1971 with 12.4 million viewers. The 8.5 million for Boston-Vancouver SCF game 7 in 2011 was the 4th highest all time and highest since 1973.

    There have been four Olympic hockey games to top the NHL high mark:

    1980 USA vs USSR (“Miracle on Ice”) – 34.2 million
    1980 USA vs Finland (gold medal) – 32.8 million
    2010 USA vs Canada (gold medal) – 27.6 million
    2002 USA vs Canada (gold medal) – 17.1 million

  • Antonio

    NBA always beats baseball in national tv ratings. However, MLB is more of a regional sport, and is watched more in that region than basketball (generally). For example, the Mets and Yankees are more watched in NY than the Knicks and Nets even though baseball has more games.

  • Antonio

    NBA always beats baseball in national tv ratings. However, MLB is more of a regional sport, and is watched more in that region than basketball (generally). For example, the Mets and Yankees are more watched in NY than the Knicks and Nets even though baseball has more games.

  • JohnnyRico

    I gotta wonder why Fox doesn’t dump their baseball contract since it would be much cheaper to just run a repeat Sat evening. I can’t imagine a show doing much worse then a .7.

  • Ultima

    I gotta wonder why Fox doesn’t dump their baseball contract

    Because the All-Star Game and World Series still pull good to great numbers for FOX.

    Beginning next season, they are moving a significant portion of their lower rated coverage to FS1.

  • Edward

    As much as they’ve been lacking. Their still good numbers in general with baseball for fox. There are a 162 games a year that’s a lot. I mean if baseball had less games and more meaningful games=bigger ratings. If FOX can still pull in 8-10 mill for league championship and get 10-15. Or average 20 mill with the Yankees. Those are still damn good especially if you’ve a show that fills 3 hours of programming for a night that’s damn good still. If NHL got these numbers on average in the playoffs I’d be jacked and we just might if its Chicago/Boston…….

  • Joseph

    However, Game 67 of the NBA playoff series between Miami and Indiana likely drew more viewers than any broadcast network.

  • Joseph

    Typo: I meant Game 6!


  • Joseph


    It’s my understanding that there will probably be one prime-time NHL regular-season game on NBC next season: The Winter Classic outdoor game between Detroit and Toronto on the evening of January 1st at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

  • yoyo

    Hahaha haha

  • beached

    330 Million Americans and just 3M watch a hockey playoff game. Pretty sad.

  • Iggy

    Yeah but it’s too f—ing hot to be indoors watching hockey.

  • Matt

    @beached, that’s be a great point if more people were watching anything else.

    But great attempt at trolling.

  • Michael

    I hope NBC does a Hockey Night in America starting next season. Start it on Friday Nights during College Football season, because Saturday nights FOX & ABC usually have a marquee match up on & it would bring the NHL numbers down. Once the BCS stuff is over move the games to Saturday Night & maybe give CNBC Friday nights. Also this would give the NHL a chance to market the stars of ALL the teams, not just the big market teams. It’s like one guy said on here about the NFL, market the game 1st & then the many stars the game has on all the teams so come playoff time & it’s Winnipeg playing Florida in the Finals, fans are actually familiar with the talent on the teams & won’t be soi inclined to tune out. I mean are fans not gonna watch the Super Bowl if it was Jacksonville playing Detroit? No because the NFL has done such a good job of promoting the event itself as well as the marquee players on EVERY team. If the NHL would take some marketing things from the NFL & apply them the NHL will grow by leaps & bounds while making obscene profits for the teams, league & NBC/Comcast.

  • Torrid

    Hmmmm – just dropped in to see the ratings conversations are for that great American pastime ‘hockey’ and to tremble at the demise of basketball at its hands – right Mattie ;)

    Let’s face it folks the target of these ridiculous lurking hockey fans is the NBA not the MLB – the gloating over a one night NHL playoff ‘victory’ over regular season baseball is akin to a snotty nosed kid in gradeschool hitting another kid because he’s too afraid to take on a bigger kid who has been consistently beating his azz. Its a kind of transference – look that up Mattie u know u wanna.

    Adam threw out a challenge – some of u hockeyites addressed that without venom except for the resident toad (or is that t-urd?) Matt. What the heck is wrong with u boy …. why is anyone not genuflecting to Canada’s struggling little game such an affront to you? Cripes fella!! – get a girlfriend or something.

    Course I cannot end without a comparison :) (By the way Beached I think your observation above is a dash of cold water for the hockey spinners here lol! )
    THURSDAY 5/30/13 – NBA Playoffs: Indiana/Miami – Game 5 – TNT
    8.540 million viewers, #1; 4.708 million adults 18-49 (3.7 rating), #1
    SATURDAY 6/1/13 “NHL Conference Finals: Boston at Pittsburgh – Game 1″ NBC 3.433 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49 (1.2 rating), #1.
    SUNDAY 6/2/13 “NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2″ (2.54 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9,
    For the math/stats challenged (lookin @ u Mattie): Total viewership for two high-powered weekend NHL games is dwarfwed by the Heat/Pacers less than ideal matchup on THURSDAY – a weekday. LOL!
    ONLY 3.433 + 2.54 = 5.973 million watched Hockey over 2 week-ends days – featuring dream Hockey matchups while 8.54 million watched the NBA game featuring a country team with hardly any following.

    I love this time of year!!! – was hoping that the Heat loses so the Pacers/Spurs would have a chance to go up against hockey’s best – and of course give them a hiding in the ratings as per usual. They will get a beating from Spurs/Heat too but it won’t be as enjoyable for me.

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