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

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June 13th, 2013

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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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    2.4 is pretty damn good for NBC

  • Psac

    Maybe they should move games 2 & 3 to NBC proper.

  • Ultima

    Per Deadline, the 4.8 overnight HH rating for game one of the Stanley Cup Final is up 100% year-to-year and the highest since 1997.

    GO HAWKS!!! :D

  • battye

    Is hockey one of these slow-burners?
    It seems slowly but surely the ratings get higher and higher.
    In a few years time it might end up being an inspired deal for NBC.

  • Aron

    At 9 master chef viewership went down but demo increased that’s good

  • rob60990

    dont think the viewership for the first hour of Masterchef is right.

    Good ratings for both Hockey & Masterchef. Interesting how the baking show keeps inching up.

  • Seth

    Delicious ratings for American Baking Competition.

  • r0ckmypants

    That game last night was epic. It ended at 1:00am on the dot on the east coast.

    I’m also happy that The American Baking Competition keeps climbing. It’s a very pleasant distraction for summertime.

  • Tony JJ

    Lol. I thought Arrow got a 1.0.

  • kbmv

    What a way to start the cup finals. 3 OTs. Expect this game to adjust up to 3.0, 8 mil in the finals. This will be the most watched cup finals series EVER!

  • r0ckmypants

    @Psac – They can’t move game 3 to NBC; The Voice’s finale is that night.

  • kbmv

    See what happens when you have great hockey fanbases in the finals instead of L.A. The ratings skyrocket.

  • Seth

    Couldn’t be a better matchup for the NHL. Two huge hockey crazed towns in big markets = big ratings.

  • Ray


    It is becoming more popular. Game attendance was up this year, in spite of concern there would be a fan backlash after the lockout. Most promisingly, attendance gains were considerable in most of the weaker markets. I haven’t seen comprehensive local ratings information (not sure where to get it) but of what I’ve seen more people have been watching their local teams this year on TV, in both strong and weak markets.

    It’s still a niche sport, but is making inroads. Still, the big difference this year is the presence of two teams in large markets that have a base of hockey fans.

  • Tom K

    People watching people make food in a trumped up reality show setting. Next it’ll be competitive paint-drying watching!

  • MichaelChickless

    Ramsay really brings in the viewers and ratings!

  • bk8718

    I just realized, we never played “Guess the Ratings!” for the Stanley Cup finals.
    Still, this is one heck of a boon for both the NHL and NBC.
    And try to imagine the numbers Penguins/Blackhawks would have brought in…

  • SJ

    I wonder why CBS scheduled the American Baking Competition against Fox’s similarly-themed MasterChef? Surely it would have done better almost anywhere else (except Thursdays at 8).

  • JJ


    Um, Penguins would bring in less viewers than the Bruins. What planet have you been on? The Bruins got a 28 local rating.

  • bjssp

    Hockey looks to have been a pretty solid investment for NBC.

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