TV ratings: 'Smash' bows out quietly as FOX leads Sunday with NASCAR

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smash-finale-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Sunday, May 26, 2013

A prime-time NASCAR race carried FOX to a ratings win on an otherwise very quiet Sunday before Memorial Day. NBC's "Smash," meanwhile, scored very modest numbers for its series finale.

FOX drew 6.9 million viewers and a 4.2 rating/8 share in households in primetime, pending updates for the live NASCAR telecast. CBS (4.45 million, 3.1/6) came in second. ABC (3 million, 1.8/3) edged NBC (2.4 million, 1.6/3) for third place.

FOX was the only network to make any kind of impression in the 18-49 demographic, finishing with a 1.8 rating. ABC posted a 0.6, and CBS and NBC tied for third at 0.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (6.8 million viewers, 4.1/8 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (5.6 million, 3.9/8)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4 million, 2.4/5)
NBC: "The Voice" rerun (2.1 million, 1.4/3)

18-49 leader: Coca-Cola 600 (1.8)

8 p.m.

FOX:
Coca-Cola 600 (7.2 million, 4.4/8)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (4.5 million, 3.2/6)
ABC: "Wipeout" rerun (2.95 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: "The Voice" rerun (2.7 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: Coca-Cola 600 (1.8)

9 p.m.

FOX:
Coca-Cola 600 (6.6 million, 4.1/7)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (3.3 million, 2.4/4)
ABC: "Motive" rerun (2.6 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: "Smash" series finale (2.4 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: Coca-Cola 600 (1.8)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (4.4 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Smash" series finale (2.4 million, 1.7/3)
ABC: "Rookie Blue" rerun (2.3 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" (0.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Photo/Video credit: NBC