TV Ratings Tuesday: NBA Finals Win Night By Huge Margin, 'America's Got Talent', 'MasterChef' & 'American Ninja Warrior' Down

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June 13th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/13 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.2/3 1.1/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.6/15 1.7/6 1.5/5 0.6/2 0.9/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.01 5.06 6.94 7.19 2.97 0.52


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC (NBA 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.

ABC was the number one network for the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On ABC, the Jimmy Kimmel Live special earned a  2.2 Adults 18-49 rating, flat with last year. The NBA Countdown earned a 2.2, matching last year's performance.  Game 1 of thearned a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 2% from the fast national of 5.5  for last year's game, though this number will in all probability change when the finals are released this afternoon.

On NBC, American Ninja Warrior  scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 27% from a 2.2 last week, when it aired Monday at 9PM.  America's Got Talent garnered a 3.0 among adults 18-49, /down from last week's 3.4 rating for its lowest rated Tuesday this season. Love in the Wild earned a  a 1.6 among adults 18-49, matching the performance of its premiere last week.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.1 rating, matching last week's performance. MasterChef garnered a 2.1 18-49 rating,  down 5% from  last week's  2.2.

On the CW, The Catalina earned a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating,  down from  last week's 0.3.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, June 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.2/7 6.31
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.1/7 5.26
NBC American Ninja Warrior 1.6/5 4.93
CBS NCIS - R 1.3/4 9.22
CW The Catalina 0.2/1 0.65
8:30 ABC NBA Countdown (Live) 2.8/8 6.97
9:00 ABC NBA Finals (9-11PM)(Live) 5.6/15 13.19
NBC America's Got Talent 3.0/8 10.85
FOX MasterChef 2.1/6 4.86
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles - R 1.1/3 6.91
CW L.A. Complex - R 0.1/0 0.39
10:00 NBC Love In the Wild 1.6/4 5.02
CBS 48 Hours Mystery - R 1.0/3 5.44


Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," (delayed by NBA Basketball); and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," (delayed by NBA Basketball).
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," (delayed by NBA Basketball); and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," (delayed by NBA Basketball).
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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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 football 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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  • Leon

    AGT actually did well against the NBA Finals, I expected it to do way worse

  • John A

    Im surprised LA Complex hasnt got a 0.0 yet.

  • awdanskiii

    AGT held up. Who gives a dam about Basketball? haha

  • Dallas

    This Finals felt huge this year and once the West Coast numbers come in this will be the highest Game 1 since NBC had the rights with Jordan back in 1998.

    AGT is a beast! I think its a bigger asset for NBC than The Voice is long-term.

  • Ben Thompson

    Easy win for ABC and not too bad for Fox and NBC.

    Two repeats of HOD would do much better than this for CW.

  • Illhaveanother

    The game was on till almost 12. These ratings should be around 16 mil in the final

  • Mark Wilkins

    NBA is the best, agt is garbage by comparison

  • Margarita

    “The game was on till almost 12. These ratings should be around 16 mil in the final”

    That sounds about right maybe close to 17 million since the Finals got 15 million last year. The game peaked after 11pm with a 14.1 which is when everybody tunes into the game so that portion probably got 22-23 million.

  • AltheaInToronto

    If this is a 6 or 7 game series, over 20 million for sure.

  • Chris

    Considering MasterChef held on to Hell’s Kitchen’s demo against stronger competition speaks well for the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox gave it an in-season tryout if The Mob Doctor flops or Kitchen Nightmares needs a Friday rest.

    ANW and AGT pair well together.

  • Oliver

    AGT likely benefited from being female-skewing while the NBA is male-skewing.

  • disney rocks

    amazing for LITW matched premiere

  • Grey

    On the west coast we got the Jimmy Kimmel thing after the game around 9 PMish. So it will be interesting to see what the final numbers actually are.

  • Chris


    What makes you think AGT is female-skewing? It doesn’t seem that way to me. It seems to appeal to all demographics. I’m a 22-year-old man and I enjoy the show (though I was watching basketball like most men were last night).

  • Hillbilly

    Doesn’t look like Howard Stern is hurting AGT. I don’t watch the show so can’t say what the ratings were without him. I’m guessing they dropped like some other shows do year to year. Is the drop (If there was one) Howard’s fault? I have no idea.

  • Brad

    I’m surprised NBC doesn’t have the ratings CW is putting out there.

  • Melanie

    Great job NBA, wished the Heat would have one though, but hey here comes game 2 tommorrow night. This will be an exciting and down to the wire series. :)

  • TatiG

    Add 20 mil chinese, indians, latin americans who watched this game, and it’s slam dunk.

    50% of NBA Social Media followers are from abroad.

  • Ultima

    I’m surprised NBC doesn’t have the ratings CW is putting out there.


    I would imagine that if you had so little knowledge of the relative ratings of the various networks that you would be unable to to even formulate an expectation of results in the first place, thus precluding surprise as a reaction.

  • Joseph

    On the West Coast, shows airing after 9 P.M. PDT on CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC did not have to face the NBA finals.

    I also suspect that on the West Coast, the prime-time Jimmy Kimmel special followed the basketball game (whereas in the East, it preceded the game).

    Thus in California, early-evening (6 P.M. PDT) local and network news, along with syndicated shows in the 7-8 P.M. PDT hour, got hammered.

    I was surprised the Finals did this well, considering Oklahoma City is not a major TV market, and Miami isn’t (if my memory serves me correct) a top-ten TV market. I didn’t think the game would average more than 9 million viewers.

    But perhaps LeBron James was the huge draw.

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