TV Ratings Saturday: 'Zero Hour' Goes Out on a Low Note + 'Do No Harm' Burnoff Flat

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August 4th, 2013


Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.089 1.900 1.295 2.209

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (Soccer) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings


CBS was  number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, a double shot of 48 Hours earned a 0.7 at 9PM and a 0.8 at 10PM.

ON FOX, Soccer coverage garnered a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Zero Hour earned a 0.3 at 8PM and the series finale also earned a 0.3 at 9PM, both down from last week's  0.4  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Do No Harm matched last week's 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for August 3 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Soccer (8-10PM) 0.5 2 1.30
NBC American Ninja Warrior -R 0.5 2 2.11
CBS The Mentalist -R 0.4 2 3.21
ABC Zero Hour 0.3 1 1.84
9:00PM CBS 48 Hours 0.7 3 4.24
NBC Wrestlemania: The World Television Premiere 0.6 2 1.92
ABC Zero Hour 0.3 1 1.92
10:00 PM CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 4.81
ABC 20/20 -R 0.5 2 2.87
NBC Do No Harm 0.4 1 1.68


-Saturday's Ratings Via TV Media Insights
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • Dennis

    So……what the hell was Zero Hour all about ?? :D

  • John A

    Good for 48 Hours.

  • Survivor Fan

    So funny that the burnoffs are called Zero Hour and Do No Harm

  • Survivor Fan

    Also, Soccer was delayed in much of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, as the Phillies/Braves game went 12 innings on FOX.

  • dave

    Is do no harm really only 30 minutes next week?

  • Mathew

    Only thing I watch on Saturday is Sam and cat :p

  • Naser

    don’t u agree guys ,,, do no harm is getting better??

    i feel am the only one who sees that ?

  • a p garcia

    Zero Hour lived up to its name in the rating!

  • Sam

    Pretty good numbers for CBS despite the TWC issue.

  • Kyle

    It’s too bad more people didn’t give do no harm a chance when it premiered. It’s an amazing show.

  • Scrootie

    How can I find out how the 11 o’clock ADHD block did?

  • jake

    Do you think Fox now misses Cops?

  • Igwell

    How can I find out how the 11 o’clock ADHD block did?

    Take last week’s 0.5 and subtract a tenth or two.

  • Baseball4Ever

    What was soccer?

  • Baseball4Ever

    Soccer was a movie?

  • Marius

    International Champions Cup, Real Madrid vs Everton

  • 728huey

    Bad night all around for network TV. But maybe NBC can pull a 4.0 or better tonight with the premiere of Sunday Night Football, even if it is a meaningless preseason game.

  • Cory

    Shame no one watched Zero Hour, but I understand why. The show was so ridiculously over the top that it was an absolute blast to watch every week. On the other hand, its hard to imagine how they could have made a season 2. How do you possibly go to a grander scale than bad guys trying to clone Jesus to kickstart Armageddon?

  • Anthony

    Cory, I think the ending of the final episode kinda setup where future seasons could go, exploring Bermuda Triangle, Loch Ness Monster, other things that have pretty much been ignored/disproven and attempting to actually prove them. Not sure how exactly HOW they would have gone about doing so, but that’s what writers are for right? I can see why it got low ratings, but I was actually pretty entertained by it. We can be part of the niche group that can say they actually watched all the episodes :) haha

  • Schmoo

    My family loved Zero Hour…after the 3rd episode and it disappeared, we didn’t know what happened. One Sat eve in April, I googled it and found that it was cancelled but that the remaining episodes would be shown over the summer. We DVR’d it and watches it every week. I loved Anthony Edwards in ER all those years ago and loves him in Zero Hour. It’s a heady show and you had to pay attention to all of the biblical references (and knowing the Bible made the show all the more interesting even though it had its flaws and nuances). The twists and turns in every episode left us “hanging” at the end of every episode and we looked forward to each episode.
    It may be hard to do another season as dramatic, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Kudos to the cast for keeping us coming back!

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