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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  • CP

    The Thunder this year are equivalent to last year’s Heat team. Now that they have finals experience, they could win either next year or the year after.

    By the way, I know its cheesy reality TV, but I think The Choice is hilarious.

  • Obveeus

    Bieber only got about 3 times the 18-49 demo ratings of Bill O’Reilly, right?

    Meanwhile, his latest CD is due to hit the Billboard chart next week at #1, selling over 400,000 copies in its first week to become the biggest debut of the year.

  • tatiG

    @CP, I wonder if the Thunder, a small market team, can afford to keep their players.

    They will get another shot next season, but that will be the last shot.

    It all depends on D. Williams & D. Howard. Those two guys are a wildcard right now. Any team they join might become an instant contender.

    Could you imagine D. Will in LA? or D. Howard in NYK?

  • Chuck_T

    Justin’s special was on too late–most of his fans had already gone to bed. LOL!

  • LLL

    Person of interest does well in summer reruns.

  • lsb

    A recording artist might do well on YouTube, CD’s, or Movies, but television is a completely different world. His audience is NOT NBC’s his audience is You Tube, concerts. I’m sure the registers are ringing at UMG just not NBC.

  • bg


    I would also point out that the World Cup is becoming a hot property for sports…WC2014 is going to be a massive hit in the US market because it will be held in Brazil, and Brazil is only one hour ahead of Eastern Time zone.

    2010 WC registered great Demo. The Euro 2012 tournament has brought very solid key demos for weekday afternoons and weekend afternoon match-ups for ESPN. The Sport with the most upside for the key Demo is International Soccer events (World Cups, and even the Euros to an extend). The 2016 Euro cup will have a field of 24 teams, and it will see further growth in the US market. ESPN will allocate more time and resources for the Euro 2016. It is becoming another legitimate soccer property in the US market.

    WC 2014 is going to be for the ages…WC 2014 Final game on ABC could bring about 20-25 million, and add another 10 million for Univision. The combined audience could reach around 30 million or even more…

  • Hmm

    Very interesting, this is my first time here (and I’ve been here for years) seeing a show that might be something that skews too young.

  • CrimTV

    Wow! 2 Broke Girls repeated really well just 0.1 behind TBBT

  • SalaciousCrumb

    To tatg:

    Youre crazy if u think nba will challenge nfl in demo.
    SNF alone which is regular season games avg was 8.0.

  • David


    I thought he would sell more because promoted the hell out of this album. Wayne and Drake sold more their first week than him. He is a big star, but he will face the truth with his next album because his fans will be older, in college, and less interested in him. They keep trying to push him to a more adult fanbase, but I do not see that working because it rarely ever does.

  • David


    You think the Bulls and the Pacers won’t be tough for Miami next year? The Pacers are young, but they were also foolish and next season will be better (I think they had the 5th best record this year). Nobody know how the Bulls will play, but I am interested to see how the Celtics are with Rondo and some new blood.


    They have the money to keep the players because of the cap, but the problem is if harden or Ibaka want more than they can pay both of them without going over. Harden went bust in the finals so I do not see his stock being too high that they can’t afford to keep both.

  • Fashioness

    Exactly dave.. the next time Bieber releases an album, it is gonna be struggle to get 100,000 copies out int he first week… Bieber is at his peak. His fans are growing.. Bieber is growing (sorta lol).. it is only downhill from here. The next teen idol will be just waiting to take his place..

  • Rolls Royce

    If im right,did abcgetbetterr ratingin the18-49ers than American Idol.

  • Chudbeagle

    Beiber must’ve been watching Saving Hope and not his own special which has NO HOPE.
    Breaking Pointe an 0.3? Laughable! A test pattern would get better ratings or a retrospective on the $1.98 Beauty Show. How does the CW continue to even exist?
    Heat the Heat, but they were better coached so now people should stop bashing Spoelstra.

  • Ultima

    You rarely if ever see anything for any show over a 3.

    You’re an idiot.

  • Hillbilly

    Wheres AppleStinx & his OKC in 4? He’s probably hiding so i can’t say Nanner Nanner Boo Boo. :grin:

  • Joseph

    With the NBA finals over, look for Univision to win just about every night in the 18-34 demo and most nights in the 18-49 demo until the Summer Olympics begin at the end of July.

  • Sarah

    Enjoyed watching POI rerun last night. Awesome show!

  • Joseph

    Given that neither Miami nor Oklahoma City are major markets, I thought the NBA Finals would take a huge hit in the ratings this year, since of the “big four” professional championships, only the Super Bowl’s ratings are consistent, regardless of market size of participating teams (in Baseball, Basketball and Hockey, the market size of participating teams plays a huge part in how many people watch those championship series).

    But LeBron James appears to be one of those superstar athletes who draws in casual fans.

    Nevertheless, I think ABC wants a New York Knicks/Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals next year, for with the two largest markets playing, the TV ratings may well be above this year’s surprisingly-high levels.

    But if ABC can’t get the Knicks to represent the East, they’d settle for Miami and LeBron.

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