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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  • AL

    @9to5 “So does this mean you actually have watched all the episodes of Hannibal?”

    No, I have watched 5 episodes of Hannibal, more than half of what has been aired, before deciding it wasn’t my thing.

    Mads Mikkelsen’s fantastic. Hugh Dancy had less of an emotional effect on me than the furniture in Lecter’s beautifully decorated office.

  • Bella Bellini

    Hannibal needs to move to another network or Netflix. NBC might renew it this year. But I’m sure the ratings will stay the same, so it will just be cancelled next season.

    I think there was a 6 season plan for the show? Showtime should pick it up now that Dexter is finishing up. It’s too good a show to be cancelled after one or two seasons!

  • RyanCanada

    rookie blue is so damn good.

  • Alice

    completely agree — better a cable picks it up now than nbc renews t just to cancel it next year. There’s no way it’d get a decent slot considerng how full their schedule already is….

  • AniMatsuri

    Does Someone Have to Go? AKA known as the replacement for the SYTYCD results show.

  • Linda

    You need an R after The Big Bang Theory.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Flopementary is a must to cancel

  • Jelly86

    ABC’s Thursday summer line-up is just plain awful – Wipeout, Motive and Rookie Blue. Three terrible series. ABC should just air movies on Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00.

    NBC had got to cut Hannibal from its’ schedule. The show is horrible. NBC should just slot another Dateline at 10:00 pm. Save Me should be burned off on Saturday nights. Community reruns with get a better demo.

  • Vcoolwater

    @Bella Bellini

    I agree with you. Hanibal is a niche show. Nbc should cancel it so a cable network or netflix can pick it up. It think the show would be great for A&E. It could be great companion program with Bates Hotel.

  • Shepherd

    To Whomever called Elementary a flop: it was a repeat.


    I really doubt that ABC pulls Motive from its schedule; season 1 has already aired on CTV, so it must be pretty inexpensive. TV has already renewed it for season 2, so I’d say there’s already a decent chance that we see it again on ABC next summer.

  • catsrule

    The phrases quality writing and a show about cannibalism do not go together. not something that should be glorified…

  • Zach

    Rookie Blue will be just fine, it’s a hit for ABC and Canada. 1.2 is meh, but viewers remain at 6 million and that’s in line with normal – I’m sure 18-49 will bump up later this season as viewers transition into Summer schedule…

  • John A

    What is this Elementary hate about? Its bad enough when its new episodes but bashing repeats? Thats a bit sad.

  • Kyle R


    Wtf are you talking about? A show that has cannibalism (which, by the way, is not a focus of the show at all, it’s mentioned and alluded to a few times, but nothing more) can’t be well-written? What?

  • Potato

    @Kyle R–

    It’s the age-old story of someone believing all media must be totally pure… if it were the 50’s, catsrule would be saying the same thing about couples sleeping in the same beds.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “I’m sure 18-49 will bump up later this season as viewers transition into Summer schedule…”

    I have no reason why you could possibly think this. It has NEVER been the case in the past couple of seasons.

  • Brian

    ABC bombs bad..LOL that’s what they get for cancelling Body Of Proof..piss off 8 million viewers …and now you will suffer!

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “perhaps they fell a sleep watching Elementary because they still don’t know how to change the channel.”

    Totally not how the “old” (as you claim, wrongly), system works.

    “The average age of a CBS viewer 68+”

    And yet CBS beat evert other network in 18-49 year old viewers.
    The average age of CBS viewers is 56. Though it is higher than the other networks it is hardly 68.

  • Stop-Colin-Me

    I tuned in to check out Save Me, and I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I am a comedy junkie, but I found it funny. Definitely not laugh out loud though. So I’m sad to see it started out this low.

    If anything, 1600 Penn should have been held for the summer.

  • Carmen

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

    Possibly a little bit, but I will concede that Save Me was better than I thought it would be.
    I seemed to have at least as much potential as some of the more recent NBC comedies.

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