TV Ratings Saturday: Baseball Beats NASCAR + '48 Hours' Dips

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October 13th, 2013

ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.36 5.19 4.11 2.64

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  ABC and FOX (NASCAR/Baseball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

FOX was  number 1 among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, MLB Baseball (ALCS Game 1- Detroit at Boston) garnered a preliminary 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, NASCAR coverage scored a preliminary 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,  48 Hours earned a 0.8, down a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for October 12, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX MLB Baseball 1.7 6 6.36
ABC NASCAR Racing 1.2 4 5.19
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 0.8 3 3.48
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.5 2 2.61
8:30 PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 0.7 3 3.13
9:00PM CBS NCIS: LA -R 0.7 2 3.88
NBC The Blacklist -R 0.5 2 2.73
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours 0.8 3 5.16
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.8 2 2.73

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


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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    Should text read FOX was #1 among adults 18-49 & TTL Viewers?

    ANYWAY FOX Rocks w/ ALCS–outstanding game!

  • George

    What a game!, baseball rocks :D

  • redbirds

    Cards vs Tigers 06 rematch?

  • Ultima

    Last year’s ALCS game 1 aired in the same Saturday night timeslot (although it was on TBS rather than FOX) and had a 2.2 rating and 6.8 million viewers.

    However, comparisons are pointless until we see some time-shifted numbers for the game (which might not come until the finals on Tuesday).

  • s0303

    1.7 is good for a saturday…i like baseball and nascar so i was torn…ended up watching nascar and the end of the game after that was over…

  • Kit

    Could CBS be experimenting with pairing Two and Half Men and 2 Broke Girls again?

  • Max Vrany

    ALCS ran past midnight ET. (And likely peaked around midnight as well.)

  • Matt

    It is so sad that CBS REPEATS on a SATURDAY night get more or just as many viewers as most NBC first run sitcoms! lol

  • jp

    FOX hit gold with series and will hit even more gold with these two teams facing either the Dodgers or Cards. FOX is praying for a Red Sox vs Dodgers World Series heck Red Sox vs Cards.

    Surprise by the 48 Hours numbers. Hmmmm.

  • jay


    it only got a 1.7 and even with adjustments it will only be around 2.0. This game should have had at least 10 million. This is horrendous for mlb and fox. Looks like not even the red sox or the yankees(last year) can produce high ratings.

  • Ultima

    This is horrendous for mlb and fox.

    Based on the time-shifted numbers in FOX’s press release, the game had a 4.2/8 household rating at 6.8 million viewers, which is the highest rated LCS game 1 on FOX since 2009.

    Not sure why you would be expecting ten million viewers. Even game 7 of last year’s NLCS only pulled 8.1 million viewers.

  • aj

    if the series go long, the ratings will keep going up. while down from the early 2000, the playoffs this year seem to be trending upwards after several years of decline.

  • jay


    because the red sox are in it. If they and the yankees can’t bring in the ratings then it is all downhill for baseball. 10 is not asking for too much on network tv. A couple of years ago the heat vs bulls game 1 got 11 million on CABLE!

  • jay


    6.8 million you say? That’s the same as last year’s giants vs cards game 1. So if the red sox can only pull in the same amount of viewers as the giants or cards than imagine if the athletics, rays, reds, brewers, braves, royals, orioles get this deep. It will be a nightmare.

  • aj

    @ jay. i think you are forgetting how bad the nba playoff rating were last year for teams not names the heat. Any team not names the heat has less that 5 million average for the series.

  • Ultima

    because the red sox are in it

    Last year was Yankees/Tigers and it only drew 6.8 million viewers for game 1. Did you seriously think that having the Red Sox instead of the Yankees would boost viewership by 50%?

    on CABLE

    How is this even relevant anymore? ESPN and TBS/TNT are available in ~86% of households. Furthermore, since the vast majority of sports are now on cable, chances are that most of the potential audience is in that ~86% of households which have at least basic cable.

  • jay

    And the viewers are old skewing. A double negative.

  • jay


    last year yankees vs tigers game 1 was dissapointing as well.

  • Antonio

    Next year the MLB playoffs will be on:

    TNT (any games over lap)
    MLB Network
    Fox Sports 1

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