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.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • thelostapostle

    @Talbet e no one is saying the NBA is going to put up NFL like numbers. Its not a fair comp. Thats like comparing the ratings of an episode of NCIS to Mad Men. The NFL is the clear and undisputed #1 sport in America. You have to compare the NBA rating to a similar sport like say NHL or MLB and its clear how much younger the audience is

  • Ferny

    Thunder just need one game to bring it back to Oklahoma. Down to their last chance tomorrow. Hope they can do it.

  • TatiG

    NFL teams play like what? 16 games a season? 3 playoffs games? If these series go to 7, they will undoubtedly reach 100mil in total of NFL gets for the Superbowl

    Plus, he is the thing I don’t get with the NFL. The game lasts 60min. But they only play 15min. The rest of the time, they are in a huddle.

    Post game interviews in the NBA, there are journalists of all sorts. Last night questions from Israel, Turkey, Japan, China, Brazil, Argentina, etc…

    NBA might not get as big as the the NFL, but it sure has young viewers. If you think I am lying, check Twitter accounts for NFL & NBA. tell me which one has more followers. ;)

  • Melanie

    So happy for the NBA getting good numbers. The games have been really exciting in the last quarter especially. Let’s go Heat and win that championship tomorrow night!! :)

  • TatiG

    @Luke. Micheal Jordan numbers might never be reached again for 2 reasons:

    1) It’s MJ.
    2) The media was not fragmented as today. At the time, the only way you could watch the game was on TV. Today, you have many other options, internet, mobile, etc…

    MJ’s numbers were at least 90% higher than today.

  • David


    So, if the Thunder do win Thursday (which the Heat are favored to win), you do not think the Thunder would be favorites to win at home? This is the team that won 4 straight games against the best team in the NBA. The only missing key is James Harden and if he gets it going they will win game 5 and then they will be back home.

  • SarahL


    Last time I checked the Thunder lost their last home game and I am pretty confident that they are now playing the best team in the NBA. Unless LeBron is seriously hurt, there is no way that the Heat is going to lose the next three games.

    Also, James Harden is not MJ, Kobe, or LeBron so even if he plays better, he is not the magic pill for the Thunder’s woes. Btw, the reason that he is struggling is because the Heat is smothering him with some amazing defense.

  • JakeFrankie

    Even if the series ends in 5 games, The 2012 NBA Finals will average a double digit rating. Meaning it will be 3 years in a row that the NBA Finals have averaged double digit ratings. 2010- 10.6 2011- 10.2

  • Nick

    Where are the final ratings? They’re late today.

  • jp

    ABC is hoping this ends in 7 games not 5 (which will be Thursday). Outside of Sunday (U.S. Open Golf on NBC), the ratings have been great. OKC needs to rebound. But overall the numbers from the last 4 years says the NBA is back for sure.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Where are the final ratings? They’re late today.

    Nielsen ran the nationals with a start time of 8:52p for the game but since the game didn’t start until 9:04p they had to reprocess. Our source held back the finals pending that reprocessing which we don’t expect to see before early tomorrow AM PT.

  • Mr Mikey

    A game seven in the nba finals wouldn’t do 100 million viewers lmao… Game 7 between The Lakers and Celtics two years ago which are the two most popular franchises in the nba did about 28 million viewers which is great but nowhere near the super bowl. Cowboys-Giants in week 17 this year did 27 million viewers that alone should tell you how far the nfl is from every other sport.

  • Networkman

    I’m not really excited about the NBA finals. There aren’t any teams that I really root for nowadays. I don’t really care about any of these new “stars”. So, I don’t mind if the game is wrapped up after 5 series. Give Lebron his ring already so the media can shut up about it.

  • Bryan S

    Mr. Mikey,

    TatiG did not say game seven would DO 100 million viewers. He said that over a course of seven games, the NBA Finals would possibly record 100 million viewers.

  • iggy.

    If NCIS is the NFL, then Mad Men is the NHL.

  • blabla

    @networkman why talk about not being interested in the finals? I wouldn’t talk about something I’m not interested in.

  • blabla

    @mr Mikey learn how to read

  • blabla

    7 game series would be over 130 million

  • talbet

    A 7 game series might get 100 million total viewers but the majority of them would be the same people watching over and over so it’s a lot different than having 100 million people watching an event. This is my first year watching ratings so closely and was just shocked that NBA playoffs wasn’t more highly watched than it is. But ya I guess the target audience is good for them.

  • SarahL


    Of course, it is mostly the same people watching. However, TatiG‘s point (which is correct) is that the NBA final series with 4 to 7 games is the equivalent of the NFL’s one final game, the Superbowl.

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