TV Ratings Saturday: NHL Hockey Beats Baseball and Indycar Racing on Sports-Dominated Saturday

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June 9th, 2013


Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.320 4.761 3.211 1.476

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NHL Hockey), ABC (IndyCar Racing) 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 the night with adults 18-49, while  CBS led with total viewers.

On NBC, the NHL Hockey  scored a preliminary 1.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM.

On FOX, MLB Baseball notched a preliminary 0.7 even with last week. Note: FOX MLB had pre-prime start.

On ABC, IndyCar Racing earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11PM.


Broadcast primetime ratings for June 8, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC NHL Hockey (8-11PM) 1.1 4 3.32
FOX MLB Baseball (8-10 PM) 0.7 3 3.21
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigator -R 0.5 2 3.83
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.3 2 1.87
8:30PM ABC IndyCar Racing (8:30-9pm) 0.2 1 1.38
9:00PM CBS 48 Hours  -R 0.8 3 4.62
ABC IndyCar Racing (9PM-11PM) 0.3 1 1.40
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours -R 1.2 4 6.28

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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  • Torrid

    All this kvetching because LA did not swallow the hockey pill? Wise up guys – hockey is a tough sell in America – pray that it holds on to its little niches in the NE Boston, Philly, Chicago (Pittsbutg, Buffalo & other small markets don’t count) because truth be told its gonna get harder not easier. Soccer is rising – the NBA is pulling away at a rapid clip and guess where that will eventually leave hockey interest in our great nation (NBC deal or not) – as shrunken and shriveled as a dying hag’s tits.
    In the meanwhile suck on the following… (I know you guys just hate this :) )

    Thursday Head-to-Head National Ratings: NHL vs NBA
    8:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 2.0 (18-49) / 5.38 mil
    9:00PM ABC NBA Finals (Game 1) 5.7 (18-49) / 14.24 mil
    9:00PM NBCSN NHL CONFERENCE FINALS L 0.8 (18-49) / 2.02 mil

    NBA Finals boast record international presence
    Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports 10:18 p.m. EDT June 6, 2013

    (Photo: Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)
    The 2013 NBA Finals feature a record 10 international players between the two teams.
    The Finals will be broadcast in 215 countries or territories and 47 languages.
    The NBA’s online presence has expanded to cater to fans around the world.
    Social media has allowed sports fans all over the world to connect with one another in ways they never have before, and for the 2013 Finals, the NBA is taking that inclusiveness to even greater heights.

    The NBA announced in a press release that the Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will be broadcast in 215 countries and territories and be translated into 47 languages.

    NBA FINALS: Preview, schedule
    This year’s Finals features a record 10 international players between the two teams. The Spurs feature three French players (Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando de Colo) as well as Argentinian Manu Ginobili, Brazilian Tiago Splitter, Australians Patrick Mills and Aron Baynes, U.S. Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan and Canadian Cory Joseph. The Heat feature Canada native Joel Anthony.

    The Finals will be broadcast live in India on Sony Six as part of a new multiyear agreement, and many countries will have specialized experiences designed for them by the NBA.

  • Two


    There is so much going on in LA, yet here you are sitting behind a computer flinging insults at anyone who isn’t drinking the LA kool aid. Like another poster said, thou dost protest too much. The truth hurts.

  • josh2770


    it must be a nice place!

  • thebobm

    I grew up in LA and lived in Chicago for six years. Totally different lifestyles. Oh, and I’ve been to Toronto, but lived in Duluth, MN…so let’s keep in mind all the demographic norms that we all know exist in every city, major or medium or small, or Canada…well, check that, Blame Canada was big in the USA…illogical sidebar…. Kings are great, Now Blackhawks are greater, cities support different sports. And football should be in LA…no one can know how the ratings would be because there has not been a local team for ages…and the LA Lambs, err, Rams, were horrible the vast majority of the time…

  • 728huey

    When did this go from being a discussion about last night’s TV ratings to a political discussion about Los Angeles and southern California? As far as something to do in LA, are we talking about the city proper or the whole megatropolis that begins in Oxnard, spreads out to San Bernadino and Riverside, and ends in San Diego? Sure, some people have fled LA, but many of them just moved further out into the megatropolis while many more have moved in. In fact, the greater LA metropolitan area has doubled in population over the last 40 years while older cities like Boston, Chicago, and Philly have seen much smaller gains or even declines, and cities like Detroit and Cleveland have seen their populations crater.

    But back to LA. There are a lot of things to do in LA, even if you’re a sports fan, because the lifestyle is so diverse. You can go to the beach, you can see the Dodgers and Lakers or USC/UCLA sports, and you can even attend some TV show tapings for free, though not nearly as many these days due to more single-cam comedies. And I’m sure LA has its own share of neighborhood festivals just like Chicago and Toronto.

  • Matt

    Torrid trying to compare Finals to Conference Finals. Good one.

  • HalCapone


    I guess that is the ultimate excuse bingo for not watching something on television: too much to do in LA other than watch a boring hockey game. I didn’t think TVBTN was a travel site. You love LA…and I love my hometown, Chicago, so what? America overall, apparently does not love hockey with a 1.1 rating.

    PS: For someone who has so much to do other than watch television, you spend a lot of time commenting on televised hockey games, defending the non stop fun scene in LA scene outside of television. What gives? No sunshine today or too much smog?

  • The End

    To be fair, L.A is the heart of the TV industry. If you’re an actor/actress/writer/producer looking for your next job, this is the place.

  • TW

    Reality (I’m a hockey fan):
    – Hockey is not a popular sport in large sections of the US. You cannot grow up playing hockey in non cold weather states.
    – Hockey is not a “niche” and are not barely holding on. It’s a multi billion dollar industry with no sign of that changing. Because it is not popular as NBA does not make it “niche”. Under that logic the NBA compared to the NFL is extremely “niche”. Also, the NBA is not growing in leaps and bounds but it is doing well.
    – LA has its good and bad…just like everywhere else (I live in Cali). LA is not a big hockey market fanbase…..but they have a big enough fanbase to sell out the arena (not something to dismiss). Again you don’t grow up playing hockey in LA. You grow up playing basketball and baseball….and more and more soccer. LA is home to a lot of immigrants who come from countries where hockey is unheard of. Soccer will grow leaps and bounds because the countries they come from they grow up with Soccer. Soccer stadiums are full in LA also…..they are frequently full of people who grow up with soccer.
    – If Hockey wants to grow in big leaps they have got to reach out to these immigrant groups and get youngsters playing hockey including at a level that gets them at the pro level.
    – It is no slap to the USA to say that people in the USA will gravitate to Americans. Hockey’s best often have names that indicate they are obviously not American. It makes Hockey sell in other countries but will be a bit harder to sell here.
    The NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB all put a good product on the field, court, arena. In terms of their underlying health they are fine…..how big they continue to grow is another matter. One sport will play to the masses better than others. That is the case with NHL compared to NBA as well as any sport compared to the NFL. It isn’t a knock on the product per se, there are many factors that go into why a sport is watched so much on TV. LA is such a diverse base that no sport will live up to the population base potential as a percentage. The Lakers do VERY well but even they, as compared to the massive LA population, is less compared to other markets in terms of %. I don’t think its a knock on LA, I think it speaks to how incredibly diverse the LA area is and how that makes the taste of the market differ a lot.

  • CBSviewer

    How many times did CBS repeat the same episode of CSI ? 3 ? 4 ?

  • Michael1

    @ beached,

    If there’s so much more for you to do than watch TV, why are you spending a summer afternoon blogging on a site devoted to TV ratings? Why not start a site about attendance at beaches or public parks? You could track season pass sales, for example.

  • Joseph


    Given that Thursday’s (June 6th) Stanley Cup game was only on cable, it’s not an accurate comparison, since (most) TV shows get more viewers if they were on a broadcast network, as opposed to a cable network.

    Had both games been on broadcast-TV, more people would have watched hockey. But basketball would have won anyway, given it was the Finals, whereas hockey was the Conference Finals.

  • Torrid

    ….Had both games been on broadcast-TV, more people would have watched hockey. But basketball would have won anyway, given it was the Finals, whereas hockey was the Conference Finals……..


    so if both were finals Hockey would have won? LOL!

    as to the Muttie…. “Torrid trying to compare Finals to Conference Finals. Good one.” … I seem to recall just a few days ago the gloating of you hockey boys when a conference final NHL game beat a ***regular season*** baseball game

    …this is too easy!

    not an unreasonable rebuttal ‘clap clap’ but still a little blinkered, the NHL is not currently hanging on but its prospects for growth are dimishing as America’s (and in fact global) demographic shifts increasingly dictate our national engagement. However much they’ll hate it, hockey’s rather ugly underbelly (euphemistically described as ‘hardcore’ fans) will not thrive for long in a ‘browning’ America and an increasingly diverse world. Soccer and the NBA will though… and that’s my point!

  • D

    people mocking LA have zero idea of what their talking about. The Lakers, Clippers and Kings have sold out all their games for years, the Dodgers are first in MLB attendance and the Angels are top 5 (both teams are top 5 every year, USC football is top 10 in attendance, UCLA football is top 15, LA Galaxy are top 3 in attendance every year, UCLA Basketball averages over 10,000 a game… only teams that dont draw great are Chivas USA (Because of horrible mismanagement and continued sucking for years,) USC basketball (See chivas) and the Ducks are middle of the pack.

    Dont hate on LA when you have no fact to back you up. the Lakers blow every US team out of the water when it comes to TV ratings. Also a 3.8 in LA (while definitely not high enough for me since im a huge Kings fan, translates to a lot more homes than a 10 in detroit for example)

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