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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  • Jazz


    Thank you. This is tricky subject matter that runs the risk of offending if it leans too much one way or another. But for a few weeks, it will work. Not a strong show but I did laugh. But, this is not a network we can trust when it comes to shows. They are goofy.

    I hope Hannibal succeeds somewhere somehow. Very, very high quality show from what little I saw.

  • AL

    @Edward “Don’t worry, One. Hannibal will live on. Trust.”

    Really? So NBC’s been holding off on a renewal announcement to see if the ratings would go even LOWER than 1/1.1? I thought it was because they were waiting to see if ratings would IMPROVE a little without Elementary and Scandal as competition. Hence the “now that Scandal and Elementary are over…” ads.

    I mean, congrats to Hannibal fans if it gets renewed, but NBC would be completely justified in throwing this one to the Cancellation Bear.

    Yeah, Hannibal has a loyal, small core audience, but it’s obvious by now it’s NOT going to get better! How much longer can NBC as a network survive catering to small core audiences? It’s going to go the way of the CW very fast.

  • Ashley

    NBC is just a deathbed for new shows. Unless it’s The Voice, viewers assume it’s going to be bad. Ok. Maybe that’s just me. But honestly, what are these execs thinking? Save Me’s promo are beyond stupid. Who would waste an hour of their lives watching that? NBC needs to hire people who can understand which shows are just horrible and don’t bother giving them pilots.

    Obviously CBS knows the formula so maybe they can learn from them. FOX and ABC are total hit or miss networks. Very inconsistent about their shows. Some are great, ie 24 and Ally McBeal for Fox and Grey’s and MF for ABC, but so many misses. I won’t even bother naming all the crap shows. Let’s hope next season will be better.

  • CBSviewer

    @ BigBrotherFan

    Oh Gosh! Another delusional Hannibal fanboy lol

    YES I’m an Hannibal fanboy but NO i’m not delusional I’m just hoping. What’s wrong with that ? Im probably not alone to think Hannibal deserves a second season. Watch it and you’ll see.

  • Fake Me Out

    LOL @ k:Alex

    Elementary is far from a mega hit but it also far from a flop. Other than The Good Wife CBS is the least likely network to renew shows that are ratings weaklings especially in their first seasons. It’s repeat, while low, was at least competitive with the other nets new episodes

    As a Sherlockian I wanted to hate this show but if you can forget about them trying to rewrite the Canon (too much) and just think of it as a procedural whose stars happen to have famous names … it’s not a bad show.

    If you want to see how to properly update Holmes, see the BBC’s Sherlock although for my shilling Holmes is best left where it is always 1895.

  • Cory German

    The 2.74 million is actually a 4 week high for Hannibal if it holds up after the final ratings come in. I was expecting MUCH worse from Hannibal this week, fearing a 0.8 or worse. I think this is very good news for the future of the show.

  • AL

    @verus “Hannibal got the same show saving numbers as Community”

    I thought that had to do with syndication and that Community was actually posting around 1.3.

  • Jazz

    But honestly, what are these execs thinking? Save Me’s promo are beyond stupid. Who would waste an hour of their lives watching that?

    I think a retooled version of this might have working on Lifetime or something like that. It’s not NBC at all. I have to give NBC credit for trying some female skewing shows in this and Deception but it did not work so…

  • AL

    @Cory German “I was expecting MUCH worse from Hannibal this week”

    Why on earth? Scandal and Elementary are over. It was Hannibal’s night to shine.

  • 9to5

    Hannibal is a great show. I don’t think viewers want to watch it right before they go to bed. I plan on watching it tonight.
    Those ratings are not looking good Hannibal. Hopefully NBC will make a decision soon if they plan to renew the show.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I watched the Pilot and following episode and back and forth until I saw Gillian’s episode. It’s horrible! Hugh Dancy is down right laughable in this role and the guy playing Hannibal is a real poor excuse for the greatness of Anthony Hopkins.

  • Kyle R

    @AL There are apparently several channels and distributors interested in picking up Hannibal if NBC cancels it. Also, NBC might renew it because the way it’s produced makes it cheaper for them.

  • Recollected

    Wow. I was not expecting Save Me to debut THAT low.

  • Beth


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

    I thought ABC had a choice whether or not to pick it up (for the next summer) as long as it's picked up by GlobalTV.

  • colt13

    Save Me was surprisingly good. I think word of mouth may help the ratings jump next week.

  • AL

    @Kyle R “There are apparently several channels and distributors interested in picking up Hannibal if NBC cancels it.”

    I thought the “several” interested parties were just A&E and Amazon. I think A&E actually gets better ratings with Bates Motel and one of that show’s cast just got a nomination in the Critics Choice award, which bodes well for Emmy nominations.

    If they buy Hannibal, good luck to them.

  • HalCapone

    I feel your pain with the low ratings and subsequent cancellation of Last Resort. I have not yet watched Hannibal but would like to get caught up in a couple of marathon sessions online, even if it is ultimately canceled; I’ve heard such good things about it. It is really discouraging that quality, original programming struggles so much in the network universe. Cable shows commonly tread in the low 1’s and can survive. And for every one really good cable show there are about 20 dogs that don’t deserve to live. Maybe Comcast will shop Hannibal to a cable station. There is no way NBC can justify keeping it on broadcast much longer at those anemic ratings but it might get a short run pick up next season because of a combo of NBC’s overall rating woes and the show’s rave critical reviews.

  • JD

    Hannibal is steady as hell. They shouldve put it after The voice, but in its bad slot it’s held on to the same numbers for weeks. It doesn’t matter what lead in it used to have, because parks and rec and the office are completely incompatible. They should renew it just based on the fact that it’s steady and is the best drama they’ve got, not to mention it’s a lot cheaper than their other productions.

  • Joseph

    There were no NBA Playoff games last night (May 23rd), so the broadcast networks were helped out by that.

    However, there were two Stanley Cup hockey playoff games last night, involving four major markets (Boston, Chicago, Detroit and New York), which likely dragged network ratings down a bit.

    Tonight (May 24th), look for the Miami/Indiana NBA Playoff game to wipe out all broadcast and cable competition. It may end up being the most-watched NBA game ever on cable.

  • rob60990

    Hey Scandal fans, did you see the tv series rankings on deadline? Revenge still beat Scandal for the year in viewers & demo.

    2.9 > 2.8

    8.871 > 8.456

    Revenge > Scandal


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