TV Ratings Thursday: Delayed 'Mike & Molly' Finale Dips, 'Hell's Kitchen' & 'Motive' Down, 'Rookie Blue' Steady, No Renewal Bounce for 'Hannibal'

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May 31st, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.2/5 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.802 3.430 6.937 5.337 2.259 1.272

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

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9 percent from a 2.2 last week. Does Someone Have to Go? scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 23 percent from last week’s 1.3.

On CBS, the delayed season finale of Mike & Molly earned a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 2.4 for its most recent episode, though given the circumstances it’s not an entirely fair comparison. Your predictions were far too optimistic.

On ABC, Wipeout earned a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Motive scored a 1.2 down 8 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s premiere.

On NBC, Save Me earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s premiere. A second episode at 8:30PM scored a 0.6 down 14 percent from last week’s 0.7. Hannibal garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week, despite the online excitement generated by its renewal.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, May 30, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory  - R 2.0/8 9.03
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.0/7 4.99
ABC Wipeout 1.1/4 4.50
NBC Save Me 0.7/3 2.85
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.5/2 1.24
8:30 CBS Mike & Molly - Season Finale 1.8/6 7.79
NBC Save Me 0.6/2 2.36
9:00 CBS Person of Interest -R 1.3/4 6.86
ABC Motive 1.2/4 5.67
FOX Does Someone Have to Go? 1.0/3 2.62
NBC The Office- R 0.7/2 1.83
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.4/1 1.31
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation  - R 0.7/2 1.75
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.2/4 5.84
CBS Elementary - R 1.1/3 5.55
NBC Hannibal 1.0/3 2.39


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
via press note:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.1/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Dennis

    Hannibal is a good show…

    but with ratings as bad as that, it deserved to be cancelled.
    Heck, even DECEPTION pulled in better figures

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Dennis

    It will not. I think the premiere will get a 1.5 and the rest of the season will be between 1.3-1.5.

  • Joseph

    TNT’s NBA playoff game between Miami and Indiana probably won it’s time period, and may have been the most-watched show of the night.

    We’ll know once the cable numbers are out later today (May 31st).

  • RyanCanada

    Rookie blue isnt new for the next 3 weeks, which i dont understand.

  • Marc

    Wasn’t CW already cancelled? Wasn’t it one of those terrible NBC comedies that followed Whitney or Up all Night? Oh, CW is a network! Who watches it, anyway? Maybe, their programs are doing well on Netflix or DVR! The only one that I have watched is Heart of Dixie, which is low rated like everything else on the network, but I found it “not that bad!” There is no WB or UPN, and My Network claims it is no longer a network. It does not appear that the CW isn’t either!

  • senor chang

    Is that number correct for Elementary? 2.39 million doesn’t seem right.

  • Tyson


    The NBA Finals start June 6. The best-of-seven series is on a Thursday-Sunday-Tuesday schedule as follows:

    Game 1: June 6
    Game 2: June 9
    Game 3: June 11
    Game 4: June 13
    Game 5: June 16*
    Game 6: June 18*
    Game 7: June 20*

    *The last three games if necessary. Rookie Blue will return after the NBA champion is crowned.

  • Illinois

    To everyone saying Deception got higher ratings than Hannibal. HANNIBAL IS NOT DECEPTION. It is darker and not everyone can watch it, Hannibal airs on Thursday at 10 (on NBC’s death slot), during summer and it has no lead-in. On the other hand Deception aired on Monday with a “real” lead-in from January to March.

    This is what I think NBC should do on Thursday during summer:

    8:00 – Parks & Recreation (R) – It will air there next season.
    8:30 – The Office (R) – The Show is over. Its timeslot during summer doesn’t matter.
    9:00 – Save Me – Give it a real chance to succeed
    9:30 – Save Me
    10:00 – Hannibal

  • Matt

    Motive and Rookie Blue are surprisingly doing well for ABC Summer. Both have been very steady and Motive only dipped 1 tenth, an both are doing reall well in viewers too. 5-7 million for 2 ABC SUMMER cop dramas? Good if you ask me. There also a good pair too. Motive has to maintain above 4 million and a 1.0 in order for renewal basically.

    Predicting that Mistresses will open with a 1.7 , 5-7 million

  • Cath

    For “Mike and Molly” those numbers were okay considering the fact that CBS barely advertised that time slot this week for the finale. We have CBS on a lot and I only heard two ads telling me that the “Mike and Molly” finale was on at that time. Why didn’t they just run it in its regular slot? I guess they thought “Big Bang” would give it a boost. I was watching the spelling bee on ESPN and had to record “Mike and Molly” so have not watched it. Just an odd way to handle a show.

    But that is the way of TV honchos.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I had seen 2 or 3 episodes of Mike & Molly before last night. It’s a good show and all, but I can’t stand 2 Broke Girls, so usually after HIMYM and Rules I just turn the TV off. I was excited for the episode last night because it was original comedy programming. Same reason I watched the Goodwin Games and the first hour of Save Me. Even if they aren’t the best shows, they are better than reruns.

  • Dennis


    The office was a “proper” lead-in for Hannibal when it aired

  • Vanessa

    Good numbers POI

  • Mitchell


    Save Me has been cancelled. There’s no point giving it a chance to succeed. And anyway, it’s lead in from whatever the local affiliates play is probably higher than what a repeat of The Office gets, it wouldn’t shock me if at 9 it actually went lower.

  • Sarah


    “Rookie blue isnt new for the next 3 weeks, which i dont understand.”

    It’s because they premiered it in May again instead of June like they did the first 2 seasons and it usually runs until the first week in September.

  • Jazz

    Have all episodes of Save Me aired?

  • Illinois

    @ Dennis

    It was . Now it doesn’t help it.

  • Mon

    I wish Motive had rated higher. It is a good little show that is very interesting to watch. Both the victim and killer are revealed in the beginning of the episode. So the catch is that you’ll wonder how on earth did the paths of those two people with entirely different lives/backgrounds meet. This show has a potential and I hope it rates higher on its return.

    I watched Rookie Blue about twice during its first season. It’s good but not the show for me. It has this will-they-won’t-they-love-triangle-CW vibe on it. Kinda like Chicago Fire.

  • GARY

    Bobby Goren would be proud of Angie Flynn’s in your face
    interrogation in last night’s Motive.

  • Sel

    I’ve never liked any sitcom on NBC, but I’, totally hooked on Save me. Can’t believe NBC shove it for summer burn off.

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