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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  • Z


    I did not see anything wrong with Anthony.

  • CrimTV


    Flops are series that immediately perform bad out of the gate. For example, Made in Jersey, Animal Practice etc. Especially because of the fact Hannibal is in the virtual ‘death-slot’ for NBC and is a mid-season show that launched in April and is a new series, it is performing okay and good enough for a renewal. You act like you know anything, when in fact you know nothing. You also have to remember this is June now not the regular broadcasting season and usually the 10pm show on Thursday on NBC got a 1.1-1.6 rated lead-in whereas now it’s getting a 0.7 lead-in.

  • Really America?


    Wikipedia can be edited. So that’s not that greatest source. Metacritic uses an average system, so 10 people can write a positive and 1 negative and it will bring down the score. There’s 20 universal acclaims to 3 negative acclaims. So even in the sample which includes everyone (including smaller journalist), it’s hard to say that the 3 out weight the 20 unless you are trying to shape a more negative opinion on Hannibal’s quality with select data.

    Will Hannibal do worse in season 2? Depends on where they schedule it. No one knows the answer until that time. However, if we are using next year’s ratings to define “flops” (which again is the wrong terminology), then anything can become a “flop.” Since it’s unknown variables involved, it’s based on personal opinion and nothing more.

  • Dan S

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Hannibal pulls a Southland. It’s now been renewed for a new season but if NBC can’t find room on its busy schedule I could easily see it moving to sister cable network USA or TNT if NBC doesn’t want to keep it. It’s very dark tone & violence really would be a much better fit on cable where they can even up the content suitable for TV-MA rating. Also it’s limited to only 13 episodes per season so a move to cable would be the best move.

  • Hel-luhr

    Hannibal did not get universal praise when the pilot came out, but successive episodes have generated vast critical acclaim on sites that continue to review each episode as well as social media. Some sites don’t even look at a show again after the pilot, whilst others will do weekly reviews.

    I agree that the ratings are not good compared to other shows of its nature, but it’s obvious there are factors at work here which still generate a profit for NBC. So conventional criticism of its ratings, which posters here seem so eager to indulge in, does not apply. The show was renewed when it was very clearly generating 1.0s in 18-49. NBC knew this full well, and renewed it with those specific numbers, so they must be happy. A 0.1 decrease against a high-profile basketball game is actually fairly good, and demonstrates the show is holding on to its core audience.

  • Dennis

    @Dan S

    I could see that happening…
    I mean, Hannibal only pulled in decent numbers for its first 2 episodes then it crashed and burned from there….

    I could see NBC deciding to get rid of it and flogging it off cheap to the first buyer

  • Dennis

    I think hannibal COULD actually preform ok on A&E paired with Bates Motel…

    Bates has already preformed much better then Hannibal (except its first 2 episodes)

    Bates will likely see a spike in ratings next season too (not that it needs it) with the recognition Vera Farmiga will get come awards season :)

  • Andrew

    NBC made the right decision renewing Hannibal. Not only did almost all of their fall shows TANK, cable networks were showing interest in Hannibal. After the horrible season NBC had, can you imagine if they cancelled Hannibal and it became a huge hit on cable? It’s called saving face, and at least with this renewal NBC can hope the show will slowly gain an audience in season 2 and they won’t be mocked even further as the network that cancelled cable’s next best hit.

    If season 2 ratings drop, they can cancel it and at least say they tried. Maybe one of their upcoming dramas will be a hit so cancelling Hannibal won’t be so glaringly obvious.

  • Dennis


    NBC didn’t have too bad of a year when it came to drama’s…

    They have GRIMM, REVOLUTION and CHICAGO FIRE and 2 very solid performers PARENTHOOD AND L&O

  • Really America?


    I agree that NBC had a great year with dramas (especially compared to their comedies) and NBC didn’t renew Hannibal because they were lacking drama options. However, I’d assume that when Hannibal returns, it’ll end up on Fridays or Sundays at 10 PM (summer is also an option but I don’t think that NBC would want to wait that long to return the show.) Those five dramas wouldn’t make sense to place in Hannibal’s likely time slots because they are either gaining traction or are too expensive to work there. Hannibal makes more sense.

  • Cj morton

    Actually really liking Save Me? I wonder if it has any chance of renewal…

  • Alan

    Hoping Hannibal gets adjusted up! It’s impressing that it only fell a tenth.

  • Cj morton

    Sorry, that eas meant to be an exclamation mark!

  • ToXiX

    Hannibal will NEVER grow. Cancel that turd now.

  • Alex

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

    Much better is a stretch.

    Bates Motel had a season high of 1.3 and a season low of 1.0 and averaged a 1.2

    Through episode 10 Hannibal has a season high of 1.7 and a season low of 1.0 and an average of 1.1. Assuming no upward adjustment in the finals that moves to a season low 0.9 and maintains an average of 1.1.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Juan

    I saw one for SHIELD, but I only watched the end of the game.

  • roly

    Started watching Hannibal

  • Alex

    @Dan S
    It wouldn’t surprise me if Hannibal pulls a Southland…

    I’d be very surprised.

    Southland was dropped because it was to expensive for the return NBC was expecting to get and in fact was getting from advertisers. In part that’s because it had to move to 9PM to make way for Leno and no one felt especially great about it in that slot.. Hannibal costs a fraction of the amount of a standard broadcast drama and can (and I expect will) be aired over the summer as a result. An option NBC didn’t feel they had (for various reasons) with Southland.

    NBC have renewed Hannibal because its cheap and they’re able to make it work at this level.

  • Brian

    Hannibal= NBC’s biggest Dumbest Mistake in a renewal EVER! The show is a BOMB!
    ARE YOU PEOPLE AT NBC REALLY THAT STUPID???? Yes you sure as hell are! LOL

  • realityDan

    What a shame about Hannibal’s ratings. It’s one of the best shows in years, and the best show on television right now by a mile. And 20 million people watch crap like NCIS. Please people, wake up! I just don’t get it.

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