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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Anthony

    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.

    CBS knows the formula? You mean the CBS that outside of the Superbowl, had a completely disastrous year?
    Of it’s second season or older shows:
    13 declined by double digits.
    5 declined by single digits.
    2 stayed even (one of which was cancelled- CSI NY)
    1 show increased (TBBT)

    In addition it only renewed ONE freshman show (Elementary). Some formula they seem to have over there, I’d really want to copy that.

  • The End

    Wow, I was too optimistic about Save Me.

  • Vcoolwater

    As long as both Motive and Rookie Blue stays above 1.0, I think ABC will renew both shows. Sadly neither show has room to drop.

    Even if the shows are renewed in Canada. ABC can choose not to air them. CBS dropped Flashpoint midway through its run. ION finished up the show.

  • theCroup

    I like Hannibal enough that I’ll follow it if it ends up anywhere else. I still have doubts about its longevity given the backstory so I’m not going to cry to badly if it doesn’t get much more than another season. I really think it’s far too late for it to grow its audience though.

    I convinced a good friend who loves the franchise and is a fellow fan of dark drama / horror/ suspense and of course the show opened with the body parts stacking and she was out. The visuals are really stunning but they are also stomach turning for some and are obviously integral to the producers’ vision for the show, so I’m thinking the audience it has now is the largest it will ever have. Sad, because they are finally putting some actual interesting focus on the growth of the Hannibal-Will Graham relationship which I think was something they needed to do. It also wasn’t even that…horrifying. There are as many body parts on The Walking Dead any given week, but perhaps because it is shot so beautifully and realistically, it is more disturbing.

  • EveWren

    I feel bad for shows like Hannibal. Sometimes, it is about personal taste. Who really knows how to make a show hit? People either connect with it or, not. It’s especially sad when “reality” show beat well-written shows.

  • Melanie P.

    Glad Rookie Blue is back! Hopefully it will get adjusted up in the ratings.

  • Alex

    Not terrible for Hannibal. Basically the same level its been with original lead-ins. Whether this is enough to make NBC consider a second season for summer 2014 remains to be seen.

  • TV Addict

    All of ABC’s shows got a 1.2. Now that’s solid… Solid as Barrack!

  • Penny


    You opinion is worthless as you are a fan of the worst shows on network television, Big Brother and Nashville.

  • The Cannibal


    Wow talk about delusional. If you think that Hannibal isn’t quality show and pthe best show currently on network TV, you are delusional. Mads Mikkelsen is absolutely great as Hannibal and he is one of the greatest actors of our generation. Then Hunt was a brilliant film and he won best actor prize at Cannes last year. Are you some kind of network executive wanna-be because ratings shouldn’t matter quality should. It’s just one of those things that is wrong with TV world.

  • lostboy

    56 is the average age( WOW) they are still baby boomers who grew up watching Gun Smoke, Ed Sullivan and the original H50 correct. Does Nielsen include infants when they average out the age for CBS viewers. I am not saying 56 is old that would be the new 46 right. Perhaps The Greatest Generation is probably raising their children’s
    children, that might explain 18-49 viewers. I actually watched Ponderosa/ Bonanza maybe they were reruns.
    Hey I fall asleep watching The Good Wife (The Clinton Years)

  • 9to5

    TGW (The Clinton Years)
    @Anthony AP076
    Man you know a lot about the 18-49 demo. Do you work for CBS. You have enlightened me with your knowledge of the Arts and Entertainment industry. I have 10 fingers, I can count how many shows I watch. Football does not count.
    Dallas, Justified, Revolution,Hannibal, BATB, Revenge and now Bates Motel, oops The Americans. If I counted correctly
    that is 8 shows. That is probably too many. Every single show is DVR, cause I know how to use a remote.
    Notice not one CBS show. I must have very good taste or poor taste according to a few on this website. I am not a show basher. I do think Nathan Fillon and James Spader are chubby and I don’t know what the gals and the guys see in those thespians. I am being politically correct. Thank you.

  • 9to5

    like furniture,(humor) I dig it. I only know the guy by Will, I don’t know if I want to debate his charisma or what an excellent actor he is. Hey some people think Tom Cruise is an actor LOL.

  • Rocky_

    DSTG I’ve watched it and it’s a really interesting show!

  • Vfan

    Who r these 18 to 49 r they aliens?

  • Andrew Dias

    Hey, rob60990 and SJ (by extension)

    Where were you when Scandal first beat Grey’s? ‘Cause you where nowhere to be found back then! It must hurt for you to see a show that you hate rise above ABC’s top-rated drama when Revenge has never done anything of the sort!

  • Anthony M

    Hannibal is a flop? Please, the show is just too smart for the complete idiots who allow a Nielsen box to be installed into their living rooms. Explain to me why the Kardashians and Jersey Shore were always gigantic hits to these complete idiots but great TV shows get a small percentage of those Nielsen box owners to watch. Very simple answer is the morons with those boxes are complete tools.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Anthony M

    “…simple answer is the morons with those boxes are complete tools.”

    You mean people who can be easily influenced to buy stuff they see on TV ads … now I wonder why the ad agencies want to attract that sort of audience as opposed to pseudo intellectuals who would be too smart to be sucked in by ads and/or Kardashians … hmmmmmm … [strokes chin as he ponders the answer]

  • Karen W.

    More people watched Rookie Blue than Hannibal?

    I weep for this country. THANK GOD for Cable.

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