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.

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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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  • Silvio


    NBA Finals Game 4 delivered a 12.4 overnight rating, the highest since 2004 and the second-highest Game 4 ever on ABC. It is up 12 percent from last year, which earned an 11.1. The game peaked with a 16.3 rating from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. ET. The only other NBA Finals Game 4 with a higher rating was in 2004 – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons – which earned a 14.5.

    In Oklahoma City, the game delivered a 49.1 rating, the highest for an NBA game ever in the market. In Miami, the game delivered a 34.6 rating.

  • Nadine

    If you get .4 on the Food Network, you get yanked.

  • KevinSW

    Okay, is it me or does the viewership of The LA Complex not change if it’s a repeat or not it gets the same 0.800 to 0.600 viewers EVERY week, original Airing or Repeat…always the same….soo weird lol.

  • SarahL

    The NBA cleaning up with the demos.


    No way are the Thunder favorites to win the next three games. They will be lucky to win one more game much less two.

  • K

    The Finals have been sort of a disappointment, esp with all the talk of Kevin Durant.

  • RG-X

    When NBA ends Gordon’s shows will go up !

  • RG-X

    Love in the Wild will not be re-newed.

  • LLL

    It shouldn’t have been renewed in the first place.

  • Jeff (Canada)


    It’s shouldn’t have even been a show in the first place! :P

  • WB

    I love The CW’s new summer image! So hot and fun!

    Great job for The Catalina! I hope it stays the same or adjust up even further! lol

  • tv log

    Jenny is wrong replacement! What happen of original host of Love in the Wild!

  • thelostapostle

    NBA ratings are impressive. Clearly its the #2 sport in America now. I would imagine these ratings are on the low end too since a lot people watch online and basketball’s audience is much younger (and likely less represented in Neilsen numbers)

  • Johnson

    Those are insane numbers for the NBA

  • jj

    It’s true that basketball is #2, if not now than soon. Look at baseball, it skews older which is not good for the future of the sport

  • jj

    For example, a baseball game watched by 3 million viewers on Saturday only did a 0.7. Think about that. An NBA game with 3 million viewers would get 1.3-1.5 demo

  • MikeS

    I wanna see the Thunder stay alive in game 5. That will boost the viewership with a game 6 and possibly 7

  • Nick

    Predictions for final ratings:

    Adjusted Up:
    NBA Finals 6.0-7.1
    Masterchef: 2.0-2.1

    Adjusted down:
    JKL: 2.5-0.8
    NBA Pregame: 2.8-1.9
    The Catalina: 0.4-0.3

  • rob60990

    ABC has to be praying Thunder wins tomorrow.

  • Luke

    Does anyone know the ratings of the NBA Finals back in its glory day with Jordan? I’m curious.

  • talbet

    What’s an average REGULAR SEASON NFL game get? 8.0 and 19 million or so? And this is the marquee NBA team. The final NBA game will lose to the final NFL game by about 100 million people. Are you ready for some football?

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