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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  • Raykov

    Rock Center scores better in the summer against NBA than during the season :D

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “Wheres AppleStinx & his OKC in 4?…”

    As far as it went OKC vs Heat, it was going to be in 4. When it became OKC vs Heat+referee, all bets were off. :cool:

  • Joseph


    I’d agree that there could be 30 million watching the 2014 Men’s World Cup championship game in the U.S. (given that it will probably be in prime-time in the ‘States).

    But should the U.S.A. be playing in that championship game, double that number.

  • rick

    Wonder what the Bieber show looked like in the 2-17 demo.

  • Joseph

    I guess Bieber Fever is dead!

    Two preteen female daughters of a neighbor of mine says they’ve both already moved on from Bieber to One Direction.

    NBC better recoup their losses resulting from the Justin Bieber special by doing a One Direction special……quickly, before they fade away!

  • USAmerica1st

    The NBA crushed the competition with Heat vs OKC. Happy for the league and David Stern (though still ticked off about his trade veto which could have led to a finals with Kobe’s Lakers against LeBron’s Heat-think about THOSE ratings, Mr Stern).

  • Ultima

    With the NBA finals over, look for Univision to win … most nights in the 18-49 demo until the Summer Olympics begin at the end of July.

    I suggest you at least glance at the recent preliminary broadcast numbers before saying silly things like that…

    Univision hasn’t been winning anything in 18-49 Sunday through Thursday (no weekend numbers) and the NBA Finals have absolutely nothing to do with that.

  • MikeS

    Next years finals heat or bulls represent the east, thunder or clippers represent the west. Any matchup between these 4 teams would get excellent ratings

  • ATownBrown

    It’s clear to tell most people in here don’t know a thing about basketball.

    1. Rose is not gonna even play next season. He has a torn ACL. If he’s smart, he’ll stay out of it.
    2. NY + Lin? Who said this nonsense? Stop reading into the media. Lin played over his head and the Knicks are still an average team at best with him IN the lineup.
    3. LA will get better, Dallas could get Dwight, which means Thunder may not even make it back to the Finals.
    4. Durant is great but he’s young. That’s not a rivalry yet.

    What competition does the NBA have for the Heat next year? Bron got his ring, now the magic wears off. It won’t be the same next season.

    I really wish people who watch sports would actually know something about them as well. Congrats to LeBron.

  • Tony

    wow @ TBBT and 2BG!! amazing repeat numbers hopefully they don’t adjust down. TBBT is definitely helping 2BG gain an audience. It should be HUGE this fall.

  • Tony

    and by the way Lifetime has picked up Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids for 13 episodes!

  • Grey

    People keep talking about Bieber’s demo not being the 18-49 year olds range and that’s why the numbers are bad. But even the total-viewers numbers aren’t good. Even if every one of those 3.1 million viewers had been in the 18-49 demo his special still comes out on the short end. I’m just saying.

  • hubert_wentland

    sport programming well as always, but I’m really surprised with 2BG rating; isn’t it mistake?

    oh, Lifetime picked Devious Maids? that’s great. but i will fill guilty to watch it (i mean, ‘my life, my time’, right?)

  • Carol

    POI does quite well in summer repeats, even against the NBA juggernaut. I predict this show will be an even bigger hit come fall. Can’t wait.

  • TXJAN1212

    Another great episode of SavingHope on Thursday night. Viewership was up from last week but they went down in rating by two tenths. If NBC would actually promote this show it could attract a lot more viewers. There is a lot of talent in front of and behind the screen. The show has gotten great ratings from CTV (Canada station airing Saving Hope).

  • ToXiX

    This is why 2 Broke Girls needs to be on after The Big Bang Theory this fall. I’m starting to think Two And A Half Men will not do as well next season based on the recent repeat numbers.

  • Joseph

    BTW , Quote from Zucker not long before NBC dropped to fourth place in the primetime television rankings,
    We lost football two years ago, and we stayed a strong No. 1. We lost baseball, and we stayed a strong No. 1. Now we’re about to lose basketball, and I believe we’ll stay a strong No. 1. The fact is, it’s had no impact on our prime time strength. . . NBC can now program all of Sunday nights without going around basketball. I think that’s a huge advantage for us. We haven’t been able for the last several years to put a program at 8 o’clock (such as American Dreams) because we’ve had the NBA.

  • jj

    Dwight Howard and D-Will teaming up can challenge anybody. Also the person who brought up the Knicks and Lin as Finals contenders is laughable. Lin is not even a top 15 pt guard. And they have too many selfish players. Heat will be favs in the East. Rose WILL comeback mid season. Mavs will NOT get Dwight but might get D-Will. All the Lakers need a an Odom type production player to be back in contention. Don’t sleep on the Clippers. They may be the surprise team. Chris Paul and Blake were hurt in the SA series. They will get better and better. Watch out for Memphis as well

  • ATownBrown

    JJ, I agree with all of your points except Rose. No one has ever come back from a torn ACL injury in less than 9 months. He’s way too young to risk bringing back so quickly when another tear could sideline him for a LONG time. It’s best to give him a season off.

    And Mavs with D-Will makes them contenders with a solid young big. Lakers need Odom type production but NOT from Odom. Clippers still need more defense. And Memphis needs someone who can create their own shot before they can enter the discussion.

  • Mary

    DELETE Saving Hope!

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