TV Ratings Thursday: 'Hell's Kitchen' Up, 'Rookie Blue' Premieres Down, 'Motive' & 'Hannibal' Dip, 'Save Me' Debuts Low

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May 24th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 0.8/3 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.277 6.630 3.392 5.346 2.615 0.799

FOX was number 1 in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with Total Viewers.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen  earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 17 percent from a 1.8 on Monday, May 13. The series premiere of Someone’s Got to Go scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 28 percent from a 1.8 for the premiere of The Choice on June 7, 2012.

On ABC  Wipeout earned a 1.2 up 20 percent from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The timeslot premiere of  Motive scored a 1.2 down 8 percent from Monday’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Rookie Blue garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 1.4 for its season three premiere on May 24, 2012 and ranking as its lowest rated season premiere ever.

On NBC, the premiere of Save Me earned a. 0.7 adults 18-49 rating A second episode at 8:30PM also scored a 0.7. It ranked as NBC’s lowest rated premiere since Saving Hope on June 7, 2012.  Your predictions were accurate.  Hannibal tied its series low with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from last week’s 1.1.



Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 23, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.2/8 8.84
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.1/7 5.48
ABC Wipeout 1.2/4 4.12
NBC Save Me - Series Premiere 0.7/3 3.21
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.86
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.8/6 7.62
NBC Save Me 0.7/2 3.00
9:00 FOX Does Someone Have to Go? - Series Premiere 1.3/4 3.08
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.2/4 6.84
ABC Motive 1.2/4 5.94
NBC The Office- R 0.7/2 2.12
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/1 0.74
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation  - R 0.7/2 1.88
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue - Season Premiere 1.2/4 5.98
NBC Hannibal 1.0/3 2.74
CBS Elementary - R 0.9/3 4.82


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
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  • Cyrax86

    @harry, Basically like in each season in the past 30 years except when Ugly Betty was in that timeslot.

  • Randy

    @Edward… my bad. NBC beat this ONE NIGHT.

  • JJ

    Is Hannibal even worth renewing??..I personally haven’t watched but have heard nothing but good things but those ratings are pretty awful. It seems like it would have been better suited on cable not NBC.

  • bjssp

    Not at all surprised about Save Me. I doubt NBC really cares all that much.

    As for Hannibal, if it gets the same ratings next week, I think it will be renewed, because it might be seen as having a core audience down. NBC could renew it, put it on Sundays next year, and after months of trying to expose new viewers to it, see what happens.

    And it can never be said enough: why, OH WHY, isn’t Parenthood going on Thursdays once Hannibal is done? Is NBC really that stubborn about these things? Is there some contractual clause I don’t know about?

  • CBSviewer


    Hannibal is such an epic FLOP! Why is this show even on the air anymore?

    Hannibal is not an “epic flop”. The Show grew 0.3 from its lead-in and scored a 1.0. It was NBC’s highesf rated show of the night and 46% of its audience are 18-49.
    Remember Do No Harm ? It scored a 0.9 for its premiere and fell to 0.7. It was an “Epic flop”.
    You are just another hater !

  • Jazz


    Thank you. They are really squishing then together. It’s a light summer show. I was prepared not to like it. After that dreadful and depressing Nashville finale and a not so great Grimm finale, this levity fit the bill. A palate cleanser.

    I bet I would have liked Neighbor better in the summer.

    Poor Anne Heche & Hannibal.

    Now, there’s a show. Heche & Hannibal.
    A middle-age midwestern bored and angry housewife who thinks she is a prophet runs into Hannibal at a coffeehouse. What happens next?

  • Edward

    I’ll say it one more time. If Arrow and Supernatural can survive with a 1.0 rating, so can Hannibal. It is extremely low cost for the network. It costs less than almost all of their other programming. It’s acclaimed. And the network has a stake in the international sales of it. Not only is it doing better than Do No Harm and Rock Center, it costs significantly less than those shows.

  • imogen

    I think its safe to bury Hannibal now.

  • BrieK

    I’m okay with Hannibal being canceled at this point. The ratings do not justify a renewal and the show has jumped off the deep end. A tower of dead bodies? Really?

  • verus

    Hannibal got the same show saving numbers as Community ;)

  • Steph


    Elementary wasn’t even a new episode. The season ended last week. Calm down.

  • Edward

    Bjssp, here’s your answer. Low rated repeats at 10pm hurt The Tonight Show and the affiliates local news. It’s not worth the loss of money.

  • Steph

    I’m glad Rookie Blue is back. Hopefully the numbers will adjust up.

  • Edward

    Steph, who mentioned Elementary?

  • Kyle R

    Even if NBC cancels Hannibal, the rumors are that there are several interested cable channels as well as Amazon who all would like to pick up Hannibal. In fact, the rumors are that Amazon would have announced all the shows they’re picking up by now, but they’re waiting to see if NBC cancels Hannibal first.

  • Chuck_T

    Hannibal should be finished. I can’t see renewal.

  • Barbie

    People, don’t worry about Rookie Blue. ABC has no saying in its fate! It’s a huge success in Canada! <3

  • BigBrotherFan


    Oh Gosh! Another delusional Hannibal fanboy lol


    Omg that save me by Anne Heche was the worst show I have seen. It was beyond bad what NBC exec was smoking crack when they renewed this. Also hells kitchen increase why did fox move this our of summer viewing for the spring?

  • JJ

    The total viewers for BatB aren’t too bad considering it was a repeat of the pilot. Hopefully more viewers find this series over the Summer and continue to watch next season.

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