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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  • Wakey


    I’m not sure holding Hopkins up as a great Hannibal really makes your views on the show hold any weight. Hopkins is good in Silence of The Lambs although his Hannibal isn’t really the Hannibal in the books.But in the Film Hannibal and in Red Dragon the performance turns into a bit of a comedy act, its so cliched and ott and lacks any real menace because of that

  • TVDude

    I can say this, Hannibal sure has been steady on Thursdays. Its ratings are bad, but I don’t think I’ve seen a show stay above a 1.0 for this long in that slot for a while now. So Hannibal fans can at least have that fact.

    I’m curious to see how Parenthood will hold up here. This is a pretty doomed time-slot.

  • 9to5

    You must like reality shows. Maybe you are used to tv reality stars and your judgement has been clouded, on what real acting looks like. The dude that plays Hannibal, and Will are fantastic.
    Hannibal has a fan base, it is just not with the Nielson family. The Nielsons are getting old , perhaps they fell a sleep watching Elementary because they still don’t know how to change the channel. The average age of a CBS viewer 68+

  • AL

    Man, Parenthood. It’s a mate’s favorite show and he’s going though some rough times right now, so I hope Parenthood miraculously holds its ground for his sake.

  • Alan

    Poor Hannibal, as long as it doesn’t fall below 1’s I’ll be happy. I have a feeling it will get adjusted up! Last night’s episode was amazing. This show has to get renewed at least for midseason.

  • bjssp


    It probably wouldn’t come back during the regular week in a lot like it’s in now. It’s also got a production model that makes it cheaper than most other dramas despite being visually lush. All things considered, it’s probably worth renewing.

  • AL

    @9to5 “The dude that plays Hannibal, and Will are fantastic.”

    Just “the dude” that plays Hannibal, actually (Mads Mikkelsen). Hugh Dancy is a charisma black hole.

    Don’t remember the last time I’ve been so indifferent to the predicaments of a protagonist with a mental disorder. I’m usually fast in sympathizing with the type.

  • Jazz

    The average age of a CBS viewer 68+

    LOL! Not quite but I do believe it does skew higher than the others.

  • Saba

    The cancellation bear needs to stay in hibernation and save it cancellation tickets for some other show leave hannibal alone!

  • david

    Save Me was just ok last night. I laughed a few times. Motive was good. I will watch it again. Hanible seems to be steady at a 1.0 to 1.1.

  • SJ


    I know! I saw that too! So happy right now. :D

  • bjssp


    It needs a certified hit comedy, but on the drama side, NBC is making some progress.

  • TimsDale4ever

    SAVE ME wasn’t all that bad. I’ve sampled way worse — NEIGHBORS comes to mind quickly.

  • Robert Ford

    Interesting that the whole NBC comedy lineup gets a .7 in the demo, and except in the first half hour, gets 2 in the share. I wonder if anything will be adjusted.
    I also wonder if the new Save Me episodes can keep up with the Office and Parks and Rec repeats for the whole burn-off.

    It’s interesting that Hannibal is actually beating its lead-in. As someone who has zero interest in gorey dramas of any sort it makes no difference to me personally, but it would seem to suggest that the NBC comedy and Hannibal audiences are completely different. Of course it also seems to suggest that while it has a loyal following that can keep it around a 1.0, low 1’s are the best it can get.

  • Joe.

    The Big Bang Theory was a repeat.

  • bjssp

    @Cory German:

    Thank you for understanding the other side of the argument. It’s entirely possible the network will look at this show and give it another chance. It’s probably worth using it as a test case to see if a low-rated show can gain new viewers through some alternative means–Netflix or something–and then increase in live ratings the following season.

    Let’s not forget that very few people think both Believe and Crisis will be on Sundays once football and the Olympics are over. Hell, some people think neither of them will be! This show won’t go beyond 13 episodes per season, and if NBC wants to have scripted programming on Sundays, as it absolutely should, this would be an easy fit.

  • Betsy

    Hannibal is way too good for these numbers!! They should just put on cable or make it a online show..

  • Jacob


    I’ve always thought CBS as the oldie network. Probably because they don’t air as much reality TV as other networks.

  • 9to5

    So does this mean you actually have watched all the episodes of Hannibal? So if you are watching Hannibal, and feel that way about the lead actors, why do you watch the show. Oh you don’t, or you have once, or watched a little, or not your cup of tea, or it’s not meaty enough for your Taste.
    I love the dude that plays Will , much better than Eric McCormick in Perception.

  • JacobYates

    @rob60990 and SJ
    Why do you even bother? Just why? Was that really necessary? I don’t know why you hate the show, but it must have something to do with the quality or the writing. No reason to hate on its ratings.

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