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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  • SVU: Hannibal

    Damn the game went into triple overtime???!! And meanwhile I went to bed at about 9:30 after watching 3 episodes of Orphan Black thinking there was nothing on TV at the time.

  • JJ

    The MLB World Series got a 3.5 demo rating for it’s game 1. This Stanley Cup game 1 will likey adjust up to at least 2.8. That is way too close for comfort for dying baseball.

  • Frank

    GO, HAWKS!!!

  • AppleStinx

    I guess the Bruins will have to settle for a 4-1 series win. :grin: And speaking of baseball, I bet the Red Sox are doing great, now that I don’t care any more.

  • DenverDean

    It’s funny when people say Boston and Chicago are major markets, but LA and NJ are not. Truth is NJ teams have been kiss of death for every major sport – look at NBA finals. I still don’t get why NBC moved G2 to NBCSports – it’s on Saturday. Anwyay, considering this was a strike shorten season, Viewers on all platforms came back quickly to the NHL starting in January. Hopefully, the uptake will continue – even though I want my Hawks to sweep!

  • DC

    NHL has 2 huge markets in there final. It will be a good SC series ratings for them this year. This has to be the highest the SC ratings will get, Only bigger draw then this I would assume would be the Rangers being in the SC with the NYC Market.

    MLB got a gigantic tv deal last year there national tv ratings have been extremely lackluster. I would expect NHL will get a better deal then they have right now, Even for a niche sport it’s getting good ratings. I wouldn’t call Baseball “Dying”, It still easily has a edge of the NHL in popularity but that’s unfair to compare them. No SC has every outdrawn a MLB WS game probably never will.

  • E

    Great numbers for the hockey game. NBC has to be thrilled with the matchup. In hockey, probably more than any other sport, the ratings will depend on the teams playing in the final. There could be easily a year where the finals will have 2 Canadian teams matchup… an NBC executive just collapsed thinking about it.

  • Josh


    actually TAMBC is staying at 8pm and Big Brother is at 9pm! BTW; GO HAWKS!!!

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Yay csi number one always and forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kbmv

    So what would a game 7 between these two teams get? 13-15 mil? Perhaps?

  • Kaylin_

    American Baking Competition doing better than i expected. good for CBS! ABC’s the Lookout looks a mess! lol. And NBC Is really thinking their getting it right with hockey. no that was just a weak night in TV


    Since the Penguins were shut out, I have no interest in watching the SC finals.

    Opted to watch the Pirates take care of San Francisco instead.

    Hope all who are in the line of the thunderstorm outbreak STAY SAFE!

  • bk8718

    Locally, yes the Bruins have more viewers. (Pittsburgh actually posted a better rating for the Pens than Boston did for the Bruins in the regular season. But Boston is a significantly larger market than Pittsburgh is, so the local numbers would be better for the Bruins).
    But if you look at the national ratings, Pittsburgh’s a better draw. Discounting the conference semis, where Boston played the Rangers (another large national draw) and Pittsburgh played Ottawa (who isn’t). Pittsburgh’s first round numbers are better, and their numbers for nationally televised regular season games are about even, despite the fact that the Penguins had a weaker slate of opponents (including two games against woeful Tampa Bay)
    But I feel I’ve gotten too far off topic. These ratings are terrific. Playing what could have been, while a pleasant distraction, is just a distraction. And while I still think ratings would have been slightly better for the Penguins, these are still great numbers.

  • NBC Fan

    Brooklyn DA and The American Baking Competition started with the same 18-49 rating, but now The American Baking Competition’s Rating is twice as large as Brooklyn DA.

  • Capitalist Infidel

    Let’s also not forget that this series is between 2 of the original 6 franchises. For those who are casual fans or don’t know much about hockey for 25 years there were only 6 teams. Between 1942 and 1967. Those teams are Chicago, Boston, NY Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and Montreal Canadians. For the hockey world it’s a huge deal to have an all original 6 finals. The last time it happened was 1979.

  • sally

    the only show I watched on network was criminal minds,most of what I watch is on cable, I hate realty shows

  • brian

    Somebody snuck some yeast in the ratings of American Baking Competition when we weren’t looking. If there’s a season 2, they might want to keep it away from MasterChef.

    Bravo to NBC for taking a chance on Hockey. The NHL seems to finally be over their strike and the numbers are starting to reflect that. Maybe they should consider having a Saturday Night Game of the Week this spring. Could draw more ratings than endless repeats.

  • Rebecca

    There’s nothing on Broadcast TV in my part of Colorado except wild fire news coverage, every minute of every day since Tuesday afternoon. For a big fire that’s zero percent contained (I’m not in any danger yet but it is just north of me), so the news footage will probably continue on through the weekend. Watching Family Tools and How To Live on hulu now since they never came on last night.

  • Sal

    These numbers even when there was tornado warnings near the Chicago area? wow instant classic nonetheless.

  • kbmv

    Bruins, blackhawks, red wings, rangers, caps, flyers, canadians, penguins. A matchup between any two of these teams will always bring in good ratings for hockey.

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