TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals Game 5 Leads ABC to an Easy Win, 'The Choice', 'Saving Hope' & Justin Bieber Special Dip

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June 22nd, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.3/16 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.3/19 0.9/3 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.914 6.982 3.561 3.658 3.164 0.770

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 five of the NBA Finals scored a preliminary 6.4 adults 18-49 rating. Jimmy Kimmel Game Night earned a preliminary 2.4   adults 18-49 rating while the NBA Countdown garnered a preliminary 3.5 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, Take Me Out  earned a  1.2 rating, up a tenth from last week's 1.1  18-49 rating. The Choice scored a 1.5 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.6 among adults 18-49.

On NBC, part 2 of the Justin Bieber: All Around the World special earned a 0.8 rating, down a tenth from yesterday.  Saving Hope garnered a 0.5 rating, down two tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Rock Center with Brian Williams  was flat with last week's 0.8 among adults 18-49.

On the CW,  Breaking Pointe was even with last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating .

CBS was all repeats for the evening

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night 2.4 9 6.746
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.2 8 8.235
FOX Take Me Out 1.2 4 3.145
NBC Justin Bieber: All Around the World 0.8 3 3.100
CW Breaking Pointe 0.3 1 0.908
8:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 3.5 12 8.656
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.1 7 7.286
9:00PM ABC 2012 NBA Finals (9PM-11PM) 6.4 19 15.521
FOX The Choice 1.5 5 4.171
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.4 4 6.986
NBC Saving Hope 0.5 2 2.600
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.632
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.1 3 6.199
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.800


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," 2.7/6; 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" (0.5/3 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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  • Melanie

    Congrats and way to go Miami Heat, 2012 NBA Champions, woo hoo!! :)

  • TimsDale4ever

    I just can’t get over that 6.4 for the NBA. You rarely if ever see anything for any show over a 3.

  • Lukas

    Wow! The Choice more than last week! greats FOX!

  • PHIL

    Quite a few shows get over a 3

  • MikeS

    This series could have gotten amazing ratings with at least 1 more game. Oh well still great for a 5 game series

  • TimsDale4ever

    lmao that that Bieber twit has bombed — makes you wonder if he’s all the rave that the industry has made him out to be.

  • MikeS

    @timsdale4ever it’ll be over a 7.5 in the final ratings

  • JakeFrankie

    Wow Gigantic rating for the NBA, Even the NBA Countdown show got it’s highest rating for any finals game in this series. I would love to see the ratings for the post-game celebrations for the Miami Heat, How many people watched it or tuned out.

  • diet_sunkist

    too bad game 5 was a blowout. and too bad there’s no game 6 or 7. still, fun series!

  • rich

    The NBA will most likely get adjusted up to hi 7’s – lo 8’s.

    ABC is really disappointed that it didn’t last another game cause game 6 might’ve been close to double digits in the demo.

  • RyanCanada

    Saving hope will not be renewed, but still a good show side fromt that. wow at justin beibers special flopping big time.

  • Monica

    Saving Hope is a boring, forgettable canadian import that lives down to the standars set by all those other boring, forgettable canadian imports . Saving Hope was BAD!

  • Herb

    You mean to tell me no one would pick up a really special show ” A Gifted Man ” A lot of people who finally found it , loved it. Wilson’s character might have turned some people off but that is great acting. He played a [ full of minself ] doctor. He did it great. After the finale I couldn’t wait till next season. 2 or 3 of his co-stars have been on POI Zeek and the handy man. Also Maria Bello was wonderfull in her friend’s 2 part finale ” Push “

  • tatiG

    @rich, anti-climax indeed. I have a feeling the next few years are gonna see the NBA get back to its heights. I mean everything are falling in place nicely:

    1. Rivarly: LeBron vs. Durant
    2. LA Lakers will have something to say about it.
    3. Chicago Bulls’ rose is not happy, and will come back stronger
    4. Celtics have found a new star before the big 3 retire.
    5. Add Anthony Davis to the Mix…
    6. Don’t forget New York + Lin
    7. How about Kevin Love + Rubio?

    Great time to be an NBA fan I think. TV wise, NBA could be challenging the NFL in the demo soon.

  • Anthony

    lmao that that Bieber twit has bombed — makes you wonder if he’s all the rave that the industry has made him out to be.

    Most of his fans are teenage/preteen girls. So even if they had of watched that special it would not have shown in these ratings (18-49)…

  • tatiG

    Even Justin Bieber CANNOT save NBC lol. NBC, should’ve renewed the NBA.

  • K

    OKC such big boasts for little results. To borrow a phrase from Gordon Ramsay, Oklahoma City Thunder “Piss Off” Congrats Heat.

  • SarahL

    Yay Healtes! Congrats to the Heat franchise and fans (like me)! I am thrilled for LeBron. His critics can continue to whine, but in truth they need to shut their mouths.

    I see that demo for the Heat/Thunder increasing by over 1.0 in the final numbers.

  • K


    Out of those basketball scenarios you mentioned, only K Love and Rubio show any interest. The rest, lol. Bulls had a chance, but blew it, Lakers are getting old and as nice as Mike Brown may be, he is no Phil Jackson. Celtics time was now, now it is gone, probably for good. Anthony Davis? probably not. Knicks and Lyn? It will be like Lebron and the Cavs all over again. Pacers? Please. Mavs? ‘fraid not, Cavs aren’t even in the mix.

    In short, there is very little standing in the way for Miami to repeat next season, FULL season, as champions.

  • John A

    Saving Hope did awful. Ah Bieber has teenage fans so im not surprised it did bad. BBT great as always and 2 broke girls too.

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