TV Ratings Saturday: 'Zero Hour' Returns Low, Baseball Wins Night

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June 16th, 2013

Zero Hour Episode 4

Scoreboard FOX NBC CBS ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.47 2.20 3.07 1.78

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for 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

Note: We only have half-hour data today.

NBC and FOX tied for number one with adults 18-49, while CBS led with total viewers.

On ABC, the Saturday premiere of Zero Hour scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating down 60 percent from a 1.0 on February 28. A second episode at 9PM earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating down 70 percent from a 1.0 on February 28. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On FOX, MLB Baseball notched a preliminary 0.5  down 29 percent rom last week's preliminary 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.



Broadcast primetime ratings for June 15, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.7/3 3.57
ABC Zero Hour 0.4/2 2.11
FOX MLB Baseball - Live 0.4/2 2.06
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.3/1 2.36
8:30 FOX MLB Baseball - Live 0.4/2 2.26
ABC Zero Hour 0.4/2 1.77
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.3/1 2.53
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.3/1 1.63
9:00 FOX MLB Baseball - Live 0.6/2 2.84
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.4/2 2.09
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.3/1 2.80
ABC Zero Hour 0.3/1 1.69
9:30 FOX MLB Baseball - Live 0.6/2 2.71
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.5/2 2.28
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.3/1 3.08
ABC Zero Hour 0.3/1 1.69
10:00 CBS 48 Hours - R 0.5/2 3.49
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.5/2 1.58
ABC Mistresses - R 0.4/1 1.60
10:30 CBS 48 Hours - R 0.6/2 4.15
NBC Saturday Night Live - R 0.6/2 2.06
ABC Mistresses - R 0.4/1 1.86

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • Ekras

    Wow…if it keeps falling it might drop below Do No Harm’s premier…..

  • TKM

    Hey, Zach, you may want to check out how game one of the Stanley Cup final did this past Wednesday night. 4.8 rating, which was far more than anything got last night on network TV. NHL>Zach.

  • thesnowleopard

    Yeesh at Zero Hour. Not that anybody exactly lit the ratings on fire last night.

  • Ray


    1. NBA ratings have been outdrawing MLB for awhile, according to the ratings analysis by the folks at Sports Media Watch.

    2. Less than half of the championship is going to be on the cable network.

    3. At least some people get the cable network NBCSN.

    It’s always impressive when someone can get so many things wrong within so few words. Good job – it gives your opinions extra credibility.

  • JS

    NBC= IDIOTS. I don’t care that they carried it on NBCSN- They are complete idiots.

  • Gary Middleton

    JS, I assume they had their reasons. But what? Does it have something to do with cable company remittances?

  • Zach


    Anyway you look at it. Hockey ratings still get blown away by the 3 other major sports.

  • Olka

    What the hell is going on with these networks…?

  • mike

    CW should pick up Zero Hour!

  • mike

    CW should pick up Zero Hour!

  • mike

    CW should pick up Zero Hour,instantly #1 show!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    Yes, I know about that. In fact these airings aired in the normal repeat of the previous weeks new SNL timeslot. And, yes, I know SNL season is long over.

    What I was questioning was a .1 demo rise added 2.57 million viewers, when the first .5 demo had only 1.58. That just doesn’t make sense unless viewers, particularly non demo viewers tuned into something else half way through. Like Maybe a local NYC news break or something. However, none were reported on this site.

    Now, I know that since I copy pasted my numbers were posted the way they are. However, the 2nd half hour got adjusted since I checked.

    .1 demo increase brought in ~480,000 total viewers That makes a lot more sense.

    Also, since the entry right above them has 4.15 as my previous “what?!” post has, my guess is a data entry error.

  • zangadelf

    “Zero Hour:” REALLY bad name for an hour-long drama. Why didn’t they just call it “Unwatchable?”

  • MichaelChickless

    Posted June 16, 2013
    They carried the game on NBC Sports Network (their cable channel). They do that to promote awareness of the channel so they can increase viewership and in turn the carriage fees they can charge cable companies.

    Which is really great for people who don’t even get NBCSN on their cable lineup.

    I recorded the Zero Hour eps; hope they’re good.

  • tomko44

    I guess pretty much no one was watching network TV Saturday. When the highest of the night is .7 you know that no one is tuning in!

  • a p garcia

    Zero hour almost lived up to its name!

  • Toni

    Zero hour beaten by … everything! On a Saturday night. Shocking.

  • Joseph

    Only about nine and a half million people watched broadcast network TV this past Saturday night (June 8th), which must be the smallest combined viewership of broadcast networks for any night in prime time since the early-to-mid 1950’s!

    While the new Superman movie “Man Of Steel” may have depressed viewing levels, I suspect that the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals likely was the most-watched program of the night on either cable or broadcast TV.

    I’m sure it drew at least 4 million viewers.

    Had it been on NBC’s broadcast network, it might have drawn as many as 8 million viewers.

  • fakeem

    Kings (7/4/09) and Escape Routes twice (3/31/12 and 4/14/12).

    What are/were those shows? Dramas? Comedies? I never heard of either, and judging from the ratings, neither had most of the country…

  • AniMatsuri

    Kings was a short lived drama on NBC.

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