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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  • Max Vrany

    @Joseph, the metered market ratings suggest the evening is TNT’s to lose.

  • HalCapone

    I have never watched Hannibal but kudos to NBC renewing it for whatever reason. High quality spackle is the best kind. It is highly unlikely Hannibal will live to feast for even a partial 3rd season–even if NBC’s ratings go from abysmal to abysmal-er. If ever there were a series tailor made for a limited run–especially on network television, it is Hannibal.

  • Sarah


    Thanks for the info. I actually forgot that the finals are on ABC. lol

    Knowing that, it makes more sense why they premiered Rookie Blue in May. Because if they would have waited until after the finals (the 27th) it would have pushed Rookie Blue’s last episode to the 2nd week in September. And I don’t know when they’re going to start the fall premieres.

  • Barbie

    Rookie Blue season 5 is a lock in Canada. I’m waiting more anxiously for the renewal of Continuum at this point.

  • HalCapone

    It’s always painful to see the annual summer ratings swoon. Even though the dramatic ratings decline of Mike and Molly can be partially explained, I always believe rabid fans will always make an effort to find a show whenever it airs. Is pudgy passe?

  • Jayson

    Very disappointed in Mike & Molly last night, not so much the ratings but the content of the episode. It didn’t really feel like a season finale. I was hoping Molly would get pregnant!

  • JacobYates

    Vampire Diaries and BATB repeated very well. Surprised Hannibal got renewed. Chalk up another miss for the Bear.

  • Sarah


    “Rookie Blue season 5 is a lock in Canada.”

    If that’s the case, I really hope ABC picks it up again for the US and does it sooner rather than later so I don’t have to start getting nervous. lol

  • Liam

    Beauty and the Beast repeat down 0.1 from an original episode. That’s really good. Hopefully new viewers are watching and the ratings will be goon on Mondays.

  • Stacy

    It’s fun to watch all these “experts” predicting Hannibal’s cancellation… next year. When you’re wrong, might as well double down and pretend you have some idea what you’re talking about!

  • Michael

    Ratings become so boring to track, at this point in time so late in the season. Besides: The Voice, Masterchef, and Hell’s Kitchen.

  • AniMatsuri

    Does Someone Have to Go? AKA known as the replacement show for SYTYCD’s results show. So far its failing as bad as the pair of dating shows that were put up last year.

    If anyone needs to go it’s this show. Obviously watching office employees squabble among themselves doesn’t exactly draw in or even keep viewers.

  • JR

    If NBC can find a way to keep Hannibal on the air without losing money then good for them. Who cares if its ratings aren’t amazing? Aren’t people always complaining that networks cancel shows prematurely? I could see NBC moving it to Fridays and keeping it on the air for a while as long as DVR figures are good, similar to what FOX did with Fringe.

  • Alan

    Not many people found out about Hannibal’s cancellation. I mean, only fans that were waiting for the renewal, but most of them didn’t. Last night on GetGlue, some people was still praying for renewal lol

  • It’s Me

    Hannibal’s renewal is dumber then Body of Proof’s cancellation. Motive was pretty good last night…I’m glad it’s already been renewed for a second season! Last night was my first time watching Rookie Blue and I must say, it was pretty good for the first half. Then the show killed me and I fell asleep.

  • Marc

    I actually quite enjoy Motive. At least it is a little different than all the other crime procedurals. Involved story-telling. They should have given this show a shot over Body of Proof during the regular season. I think it might have done quite well. I guess technically its is doing well now, all things considered.

  • Jana

    Hannibal was renewed over Deception…smh

  • Marc

    Also didn’t realize Motive was a Canadian show. So no harm for ABC to air it, probably cheaply. I guess it will be around next summer too hopefully.

  • Bev

    Hannibal is Not a big hit in UK, dont know about elsewhere. Its shown on Sky Living, which is a small cable offshoot of Sky 1. Sky channels do NOT have big ratings.Its lucky if it gets 900,000 viewers a night. That is small, not big.

  • Bella Bellini

    Hannibal has a core audience now. The ratings aren’t going to shift either way that much in the future.

    NBC renewed Hannibal because it is a critically acclaimed, quality show. Hannibal was trending on twitter during the episode. I think NBC needs good buzz like that now. It helps the entire network when the public and critics are so into a show.

    You can’t really compare Hannibal with Elementary. Most Elementary viewers won’t watch Hannibal. They are totally different kinds of shows.

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