TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Stanley Cup Finals’ Soar, ‘The American Baking Competition’ Up, ‘How to Live With Your Parents’ Down

Stanley cup final 2013 game 1

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.4/7 2.3/7 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/8 2.0/7 1.3/5 0.7/2 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.423 5.595 3.573 6.444 4.047 1.165

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NHL Stanley Cup Finals) 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 was the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, up 140 percent from a 1.0 fast national for last year’s game 1 on May 30, 2012. It undoubtedly helped that this year’s series is between two big hockey markets instead of Los Angeles and New Jersey. Since this game went into triple overtime, ending at 1:06AM Eastern, its final numbers will almost certainly be adjusted.

On FOX, MasterChef earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, up 4 percent from last week’s 2.1 and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating at 9PM down 8 percent from  last week’s 2.6.

On ABC, Family Tools matched last week’s series low 0.9  adults 18-49 rating. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) earned a series low 1.2 down 8 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Lookout garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On CBS, The American Baking Competition earned a 1.2 up 9 percent from last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 12, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC Stanley Cup Finals – Live (8-11PM) – Live 2.4/7 6.42
FOX MasterChef 2.2/6 5.21
CBS The American Baking Competition 1.2/4 5.88
ABC The Middle – R 1.0/4 4.53
CW Arrow – R  0.3/1 1.27
8:30 ABC Family Tools 0.9/3 3.73
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.4/7 5.98
ABC Modern Family – R (9-9:31PM) 1.2/4 4.25
CBS Criminal Minds – R 1.2/3 6.29
CW Supernatural – R 0.4/1 1.06
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… (9:31-10PM) 1.2/3 4.02
10:00 CBS CSI – R 1.4/4 7.16
ABC The Lookout 1.1/3 3.88

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