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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  • Dennis


    NCIS is not “crap”

    Otherwise, 20 MILLION people wouldn’t watch it

  • Carl

    I still don’t know why Hannibal was on a main network, even if NBC barely feels like one outside of The Voice. The show is basically about the physical and mental destruction of a character by a serial killer/cannibal. This would be more suited to HBO.

    I know there are some people who mostly watch because they think Hugh Dancy is sexy, but that’s not enough of an extra viewer boost.

  • TV Viewer

    NCIS 20 million viewers after 10 years on the air. Very impressive. Second only to Sunday Night Football on NBC for total viewers. Also does quite well in terms of the 18 – 48 demo. A great deal of people do not think it’s crap.

  • rob60990

    If anyone cares about what critics think of most new shows coming out this fall, huffington post has different articles for different networks.

  • Ultima

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

    Yes and no.

    The broadcast season ended on 22 May and that’s when networks tout their successes (or spin their failures) for the season.

    However, the broadcast year extends through the Sunday prior to the start of the next broadcast season. Networks will sometimes have a press release boasting of their full-year averages in September.

    In the past, some publications would continue to provide season-to-date averages even after the season ended in mid-April (now late-May). I’m not sure if anyone still does that; TVBTN doesn’t, in any case.

  • John A

    Lol Hannibal fell to 0.8 at half hour. It might adjust down. It was a big mistake renewel.

  • Ultima

    Hannibal= NBC’s biggest Dumbest Mistake in a renewal EVER!

    NBC has made much worse renewal decisions than Hannibal; Smash, for starters.

  • josh2770


    no smash was doing better then hannibal when nbc renewed it!

  • KarenM

    As far as NCIS being crap…it is now but it used to not be. The first five years were good now it’s just there for CBS to make money. It still has one of the strongest casts on TV.

    I’m sure NBC didn’t renew Hannibal thinking its ratings were going to oh so suddenly rise. I think because it does well online and with critics is why they renewed it.

  • theCroup

    It’s funny. Hannibal has definitely gone up in popularity…in torrenting. The swarms are much larger than they were when the show first started. People are definitely watching, just not on TV.

    The pace of the show is a bit annoying. It is a little slow, beautifully shot but slow. The show is also really terrible about balancing its light and dark elements. It’s a show all about serial killers but it needs more humor (like the dinner scene with Hannibal and the vocal chords killer) and to better lay down the groundwork of Will and Hannibal’s relationship before they go into the heavy manipulation. Now they just make Will seem like a complete idiot and everyone else around him the same. Like seriously, they entire FBI sees the guy sweating and looking like a TB patient and don’t think “hey, I know your doctor said there’s no physical problem, but maybe a second opinion would be good?” They don’t consider whether if Will is so crazy maybe he’d best see a therapist other than another criminal consultant? This show started out so smart and I thought, even as of last week, that it was heading in a better direction, but it’s starting to go downhill for me. They’ve only got a couple of eps to really turn it around. Maybe a 10 episode season would have gone over better. Game of Thrones does great with 10 episode seasons — no filler.

  • realityDan

    I agree with Carl that Hannibal would be perfect for HBO. It might be too intense and smart for network tv. I do agree that 20 million for NCIS after 10 years is impressive, but every episode is alike with the same endings, just like CSI. But I do like CSI better than NCIS. Than again people who watch shows like NCIS would not like a smartly written show like Hannibal, they would not understand it.

  • KarenM

    @theCroup, it definitely has plotholes but what show doesn’t? It was renewed because NBC doesn’t have anything better on. Plus, the casting’s brilliant and overall it’s very well done.

  • dave

    how many episodes is there going to be of does someone have to go this season?

  • Dennis

    @Reality Dan

    lol, the old “people don’t watch my show because its too smart for them” excuse… :L

    Hannibal is not hard to follow at all, and it’d be very easy for a viewer to dip in and out of without missing too much… so get off your high horse

  • r0ckmypants

    @CJ Morton – Save Me will never EVER be renewed. It debuted after the regular season, is being aired in back-to-back blocks, and not all of its episodes are seeing the light of day. It’s deader than dead.

  • theCroup


    It’s not just about the plotholes, it’s about story pacing and believability. I can deal with basic plot holes, but I can’t deal with plot stretches that act like filler or rushed “shock” scenes that don’t come at a time when I care about the characters and their relationships enough to feel any emotional impact. Right now, the more interesting relationship is between Hannibal and Jack Crawford because they spent a lot of the early half of the season on it; it also made that trainee murder/flashback more chilling.

    Hannibal’s been manipulating Will all along, and now that’s been stepped up to keeping his illness hidden from him. I guess that should be shocking and feel like a betrayal, but the escalation has no bite to it all. So, what makes Will special? He’s just an outsmarted victim like everyone else. So why expend the effort to keep watching a show about these two when their dynamic is so boring?

    I let a lot of things slide in a quality show, but boredom isn’t one of them.

  • realityDan

    Ok Dennis. I guess you are a big NCIS fan, sorry I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. Go Hannibal!!

  • Ultima

    no smash was doing better then hannibal when nbc renewed it!

    Yes, but there’s no way that NBC will lose more money on season two of Hannibal than they did on season two of Smash.

  • KarenM

    @theCroup, I think the dynamic between the characters isn’t boring at all! I think the weakest characters are the women especially Alana and Freddie.

  • Ultima

    how many episodes is there going to be of does someone have to go this season?


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