TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals Game 2 Scores a Big Win, 'Take Me Out', & 'The Choice' Down, 'Saving Hope' Flat

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June 15th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/15 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.9/18 1.0/3 1.2/5 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.334 6.997 3.115 3.160 4.622 0.670

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 among adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On ABC, game two of the NBA Finals scored a preliminary 5.8  adults 18-49 rating, up 5% from last year's Game 2 Fast Nationals, though this number will change when the final ratings are released this afternoon. Jimmy Kimmel Game Night earned a preliminary 2.1 adults 18-49 rating while the NBA Countdown garnered a preliminary3.1among adults 18-49.

On FOX, Take Me Out  earned a  1.1  18-49 rating, down 15% from a 1.3 for last week's premiere. The Choice scored a 1.5 among adults 18-49, down17% from a 1.8 for the premiere last week.

On NBC, Saving Hope garnered a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating,matching last week's performance.  Rock Center with Brian Williams  earned a 0.8 among adults 18-49, up 14% from last week's 0.7.

On the CW,  Breaking Pointe scored a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 0.2.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1/8 7.84
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Game Night (Live) 2.1/8 6.12
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.5/5 5.91
FOX Take Me Out 1.1/4 2.62
CW Breaking Pointe 0.3/1 0.87
8:30 ABC NBA Countdown (Live) 3.1/10 7.71
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.8/6 6.22
9:00 ABC NBA Finals (Live) (9-11) 5.8/17 13.55
FOX The Choice 1.5/5 3.61
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.3/4 6.89
NBC Saving Hope 0.7/2 3.96
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.47
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 1.4/4 7.07
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8/2 4.00

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday 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," 2.2/5; 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,” 0.8/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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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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  • Mary

    I not like Saving Hope was too bad.

  • Sally

    The level of criticism “Saving Hope” receives in the comments section here is top-notch stuff. I mean, saying it’s “bad” is so insightful. Also…

    @Katy: The three main actors barely interact at all, so I have no idea how you’re even judging chemistry. In this week’s episode, Alex and Joel shared a 30 second conversation while walking down a hallway and Alex and Charlie can’t interact with each other except in flashback. I thought the flashback was funny, cute, and sexy. But to each her own, right?

    @Mary: Erica looks 40 years-old? First of all, body-shaming is never going to be a mature way to discuss and analyze acting and television. Second, Durance is turning 34 years-old this week and she looks great.

  • K

    Wasn’t the guy on Saving Hope also on Stargate?

  • Nicolas

    Immediately remove Saving Hope is too poor.

  • rob60990

    “Poor NBC. 0.7 is pathetic and not even CW would like those numbers.”

    I’m sure the CW would be pleased if one of their summer shows were pulling a .7.

  • robin

    TVD repeat would easily be getting a .3 or .4 if it was in its regular time slot

  • Jared

    @Chudbeagle luckily I can be pleased with whatever I want, maybe you should get outside because the only thing your comment did was make you sound like an idiot.

  • Observer

    @K Yes, Michael Shanks was Daniel Jackson on SG1 for 10 years. Durance was on Smallville. Sci-fi fest!

  • Peanut

    Maybe now that NBC put out a steamy, fun promo for SAVING HOPE’s next episode the demos will increase. I hope the damage of their poor promotion and bad rep as a snobby, old network hasn’t already damned it from remaining static. It’s great to see that overall viewership went up so much even during the NBA game. Perhaps the show isn’t as bad as some people are trying to make it out to be and people are enjoying it enough as a summer drama with some sex, suspense, and heart that it’s getting decent word of mouth.

    I know I like the show so far; the second episode definitely improved on the first. I feel people are being far too hard on the show. Some comments seem to come from people who have a grudge against it because they either hate Erica because she played Lois and Lois got stuff on SMALLVILLE they wanted for their preferred girl or hate the (mistaken) idea that Daniel Gillie’s can’t be on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES because of the show. I’ve even seen people whine that the show can’t replace GREY’S ANATOMY or AWAKE, as if it ever was trying to do that. Then there seems to be people who just like to be nasty to get a laugh or for sport. It’s tiresome, really.

  • Kaylie

    Understandable why TVD repeated badly. But Breaking Pointe did great. Hopefully it’ll rise a little more next week.

  • jj

    Bunch of trash on last night except the basketball game

  • coolioni

    I love the actor Michael Shanks in Saving hope. This is his first real big network t.v. show besides stargate of course.
    I was hoping the shw would do well, but I guess its not..Too bad..

  • Melanie P.

    Excellent Game 2 last night and so glad the Heat won! I was a little nervous when OKC came back within 2 points with just a few seconds left. Can’t wait till game 3. Let’s go Heat!!

  • larry donny

    is saving hope a soap opera. don’t watch nbc at all

  • Sally

    @larry donny: “Saving Hope” is not a soap opera. It’s a show that combines the supernatural with the scientific. Despite the love story at its heart, it doesn’t dwell in melodrama. It’s honestly quite clinical. One of the main characters, Charlie, is in a coma but his spirit roams the hospital invisibly. He can interact with the dead and dying. The show explores how logical, rational, realists deal with tragedy and the unknown. Where do they find hope? How do they cope with their emotions? As a doctor, what is it like to be a patient or a patient’s loved one? When I was younger (middle/high school), I used to watch “General Hospital.” This show is nothing like it.

  • Nicolas

    Why fight over a dumb show canadian !

  • Joseph

    Unless the NBA is smart and pushes the start time back from 8:15 P.M. EDT to 9:15 P.M. EDT, Game 3 may well be beaten in the ratings by the final round of the U.S. Open Golf tournament, since Tiger Woods shares the lead halfway through and could be a contender come Sunday evening.

  • Illhaveanother

    @Joseph only old people watch the “sport” of golf

  • LanaK

    I’m glad Saving Hope went up.
    The actors are good, but the writing could be a bit better.

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