TV Ratings Thursday: 'Save Me' Rises & 'Hannibal' Falls as ABC Gets Easy Win With NBA Finals

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June 7th, 2013

NBA Finals

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/12 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.0/15 1.3/5 0.7/3 1.2/4 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 10.427 3.955 6.641 3.334 2.335 0.828


Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

ABC was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On ABC, game one of the NBA Finals scored a preliminary 4.9 adults 18-49 rating. Last year's game earned a 6.9 adults 18-49 rating, but expect this number to change in the finals.  Jimmy Kimmel Game Night earned a preliminary 2.1 adults 18-49 rating while the NBA Countdown garnered a preliminary 2.5 among adults 18-49.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen was even with last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down. Does Someone Have to Go? scored a 1.2, up two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Save Me earned a 0.7 at 8PM and  8:30PM, both up from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Hannibal garnered a 0.9, down a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 6, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.2 8 8.89
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.1 7 5.13
ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2.1 7 6.51
NBC Save Me 0.7 3 3.05
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.84
8:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 2.5 8 6.89
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.7 6 7.06
NBC Save Me 0.7 2 2.68
9:00PM ABC 2013 NBA Finals (Game 1) 4.9 14 12.29
FOX Does Someone Have to Go? 1.2 3 2.79
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.1 3 6.54
NBC The Office -R 0.6 2 1.88
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.2 1 0.82
9:30PM NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.7 2 1.76
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 1.0 3 5.36
NBC Hannibal 0.9 3 2.32


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

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  • Match

    Do these ratings go in account for the 2012-2013 season?

  • KarenM

    @Dennis, most people haven’t even seen it to give it a chance. Glad it does well on the internet anyway.

  • Dennis


    It premiered fairly decently actually…and got a decent sample (by nbc’s standards)

    Those viewers left

  • KarenM

    I’d rather watch a good flop of a show then a successful show that’s really bad.

  • Really America?

    Hannibal can’t be a flop if it’s on going on its second season. A flop is something that immediately tanks. Why do people use words which they clearly have no clue what they mean?

    We all are entitled to our opinion, but there’s a reason why almost every critic universally raves about Hannibal. It is that good. The visuals, the acting, the pace, the tone, it all is top notch. Now it might not be your show and it does lean more towards a cable audience, but I think the reason why NBC kept it is because critics are talking about it and it gives NBC free press. It’s cheap and NBC can easily flip a profit, so keeping it was the correct decision.

  • Wright

    Hannibal great like always.

  • Dennis

    @Really America

    Lol Hannibal, even though it got a 2nd season is still a huge ratings flop.
    Even the fans agree..

    And it did NOT get universal praise actually

    “the series has scored 68/100 based on 31 critical reviews, which constitutes “generally favorable reviews.”

  • Mark

    With the total audience count nearly the same, I feel as though Hannibal will adjust up to the 1.0 it’s maintained for several weeks.

  • Dennis

    Last years AWAKE got better reviews by the way…

    “the show received a weighted mean score of 75/100 from 29 reviews”

  • HalCapone

    By the time NBC actually airs the abridged season 2 of Hannibal, spackling gaping holes in the catastrophic failure of another new season, it will long be forgotten. It should have been a limited run series of 13 episodes (…and then a movie).

  • Really America?


    The fans agree? Really? Where? Because I haven’t seen it. Maybe you agree, and that’s cool, but we have to be careful about overgeneralizing.

    And yes, Hannibal does get universal praise. Look around on social media. Look at the numerous articles written that it was the best show of the year. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, NY Times, LA Times, even online places like HitFix. It’s all in praise of the show and NBC renewing it.

    Again, it might not be your show, but there’s a difference in opinion and facts and this is where I think people are getting confused.

  • MichaelChickless

    Stupid basketball game! Hannibal was awesome last night, though it was even more disturbing than usual.

  • Dennis

    @Really America

    I just gave you PROOF that it did NOT get universal praise..

    And Of course I agree, Its a massive ratings FLOP!!!!

    It came in at like no. 101 rank for the television season… and thats before the ratings went as low as last night

  • TVDude

    I could see NBC moving Hannibal to USA or Syfy after next season. They did a similar move with Law & Order: CI. Of course L&O:CI rated better and lasted longer, but this is the modern age of broadcasting and lower ratings are the future.

  • Bob

    Yeah Hell’s Kitchen. It is pretty good this season. I am sooooo glad with who they got rid of last night. I could not stand that person!!!!! (sheesh so hard to write a post without giving away anything like gender…lol)

  • Really America?


    You didn’t give proof. You gave a 68/100 score (you didn’t cite the source so there’s no further that I really can go with this information). Then you labeled it “generally positive”. Again, that’s a label that reflects the score that you posted. But it’s not “proof” since it’s one source that matches your opinion of Hannibal’s quality (or perhaps lack thereof depending on your viewpoint.) You already wrote that Hannibal wasn’t as good as you previously thought. So I’m guessing that you tried to find something that matches that viewpoint.

    The ratings are low. No one is debating that. But you brought in that the “fans” even agree that it is a flop. Again, where is that written? If you read what I wrote, despite the low ratings, there’s reasons why NBC brought it back. It’s cheap, it gets critical praise (and yes, if you look around it’s universal), it’s pre-sold in multiple territories, and it gives NBC some much needed PR. All of that likely out weights what you perceive as “flop” ratings.

    Again, opinions are great, but there’s a lot of over generalizations and opinions disguised as facts to justify criticizing a lower rated show.

  • kbmv

    That game should adjust up to over 6.0 and around 15 million. Down from last year but actually great considering the Spurs are involved. The series ratings will all depend on the number of games. If it goes 7, the average would be better than last year.

  • Dennis

    @Really America

    It has a 68/100 score citing “Favorable reviews” on Metacritic.. this information can be found from wikipedia so it wouldn’t be too hard for u to find it ;)

    It is the average score from around 30 critics///

    The ratings are terrible…and the season 2 will more then likely air in summer 2014, will the ratings increase? Highly doubtful…and I expect season 2 to be its last (on NBC for definite)

  • Dennis

    Also, Bates MOTEL….airs on cable and gets much better ratings then HANNIBAL

    If viewers wanted to watch it…they would

  • Jacobo

    I love Save Me it’s pretty funny, better than all the other NBC comedies.

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