TV Ratings Tuesday: NBA Finals Dominate + 'Love in the Wild' Hits Low & 'Catalina' Rises

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June 20th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.9/14 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.1/17 1.7/6 1.0/4 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.623 5.194 5.859 3.403 7.128 0.845


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, fueled by the NBA Finals: Game 4, which earned a 6.0 fast national 18-49 rating (but is likely to change substantially in the finals). For comparison, last year's Game 4 earned a 6.7 rating. Before the game, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night earned a 2.5 18-49 rating and the NBA Countdown earned a 2.8 rating.

On FOX, Hell's Kitchen earned a 2.2 rating, flat with last week. MasterChef garnered a 2.0 rating, down a tenth from last week's 2.1 18-49 rating.

NBC's only new program was Love in the Wild, which earned a season low 1.3 rating, down from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Catalina earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from  last week's 0.2 rating.

CBS was all repeats for the evening.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, June 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2.5 9 6.941
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.2 7 5.291
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.5 5 6.457
CBS NCIS -R 1.3 4 8.181
CW The Catalina 0.4 1 0.989
9:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 2.8 9 7.316
9:00PM ABC 2012 NBA Finals (9-11) 6.0 17 13.870
FOX MasterChef 2.0 6 5.096
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.8 5 6.985
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles -R 1.2 3 7.428
CW The LA Complex -R 0.2 1 0.700
10:00PM NBC Love in the Wild 1.3 4 4.134
CBS 48 Hours Mystery -R 1.1 3 5.773


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," 2.0/5; 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,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," (delayed by NBA Basketball); and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," (delayed by NBA Basketball).
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 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 0.7/3 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 national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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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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  • TimsDale4ever

    Wow, a 6.0 (18-49) rating for the NBA — I don’t think I’ve seen that high of a figure on any show before!

  • jake

    Wow The Catalina!

  • Lukas

    I think FOX will be the leader all summer.

  • glover

    Catalina did great with the same ratings of Nikita

  • Jeff (Canada)

    So basketball gets incredible ratings, yet hockey struggles? You Americans must live in Bizarro Land. :)

  • Number Cruncher

    The CW was preempted in Chicago for Cubs/White Sox baseball last night.

  • yankz

    That NBA rating will be over 7.0 in the final. The bad news for ABC is game 5 will likely be the last becuase the Heat will win the title the next game. Short series are always the ratings killer

  • That Dude

    @Lukas, yeah up until August, then they will bow to the Olympics and NBC

  • tatiG

    I would be interested to know the NBA overnight.

    @Jeff You mean Americans don’t live in a frozen/ice land?

  • tatiG

    Come on OKC. Extend this.

  • jj

    The Thunder were a disappointment in this series. Now it’ll be over in 5. Which sucks, game 6 and 7 had potential for 25 to 30 million viewers

  • jj

    @Jeff hockey sucks, plain and simple

  • Fake Me Out

    @tatiG “You mean Americans don’t live in a frozen/ice land

    Thanks to global climate change, neither do we anymore … and I also live further south than some residents of California yet still remain one of the frozen chosen.


  • Jeff (Canada)

    @Fake Me Out

    Same here, no frozen land for me. I look out my window right now and I see sunny and 90 degrees.

  • CrimTV

    Its a shame that CW was pre-empted last night, a 0.4 would be great for them!

  • Dillan

    Could The Catalina possibly get a second season?!

  • Chris

    Odd that The Catalina would double its demo from last week. Unless the multiple reruns are working that well, I wonder if there were any other sports preemptions in addition to Chicago.

  • Ultima

    Wow, a 6.0 (18-49) rating for the NBA — I don’t think I’ve seen that high of a figure on any show before!

    If you’re serious, then I’m speechless. If you’re being snarky, then I don’t get it…

  • Phil

    I was happy for The Catalina, because it’s trashy fun. However, the preemption may explain the upward ratings vs. last week.

  • David

    If the Thunder win Thursday, they will be the favorites to win at home in game 6 and 7.

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