TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals Dominate Night, 'Hell's Kitchen' Down, 'Hannibal' & 'Save Me' Hit Lows

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June 14th, 2013

NBA Finals Game 4

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/15 1.4/4 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.5/16 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.4/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.844 3.462 3.767 6.519 1.967 0.75


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, Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from a 2.5 for last summer’s game 4 on Tuesday, June 19. NBA Countdown garnered a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.8 for last summer’s game 4. NBA Finals Game 4 scored a 5.8 adults 18-49 rating down 3 percent from a 6.0 for last summer’s game 4.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen garnered a 2.0 down 9 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down. Does Someone Have to Go? scored a 0.9 down 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Save Me earned a series low 0.5 down 29 percent from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Hannibal garnered a series low 0.7 down 22 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 13, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Game Night - Live 2.4/9 7.19
CBS The Big Bang Theory  - R 2.0/7 8.35
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.0/7 5.09
NBC Save Me - R 0.5/2 2.46
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.87
8:30 ABC NBA Countdown - Live 2.7/9 7.33
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.3/5 6.36
NBC Save Me 0.5/2 2.22
9:00 ABC NBA Finals (9-11PM) - Live  5.8/18  14.14
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.0/3 6.57
FOX Does Someone Have to Go? 0.9/3 2.44
NBC The Office- R (9-9:31PM) 0.5/2 1.59
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/1 0.63
9:30 NBC Parks and Recreation  - R (9:31-10:01PM) 0.5/2 1.52
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 1.0/3 5.63
NBC Hannibal 0.7/2 2.01


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

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  • forg

    Now that Game 6 is assured, this is going to be big for ABC

  • rob60990

    Nice rise for NBA. ABC should be ecstatic its currently tied and there will definitely be 6 games.

    Poor Hannibal. NBC is run by idiots.

  • StevenD

    Hannibal was amazing last night too. Next year it’ll have a different slot or be in the summer though

  • Alice

    I figured Hannibal would drop cause of the game but figured it’d be closer to 0.8 than 7, didn’t think it would go lower than 7 though. Man it must be really, really cheap for NBC!

  • John A

    Ha Hannibal down again. Use competition as a excuse all its fans want but isnt Elementary repeat steady from last week?

  • The End

    I guess Hannibal is too dark for the current Nielsen households. Time for Nielsen to send some boxes out to families that can stomach gorey stuff :P

  • Wright

    Hannibal was great last night. The downfall has to be due to NBA finals.I bet the DVR increase will be HUGE.

  • kbmv

    Nice boost! Lets see how much it gets adjusted in the final ratings. I think at least 6.7.

  • KarenM

    Hannibal was fantastic last night. But did the viewer numbers go up and the 18-49 go down?

  • Michael1

    It’s too bad NBC isn’t re-running any of their cancelled shows. If their “power hour” of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” could only muster a 0.5 vs. NBA Finals, it would be interesting to see how well an hour of “1600 Penn” and “Animal Practice” would have done.

  • Really America?

    Maybe if there wasn’t so much Gordon Ramsay on FOX, Hell’s Kitchen’s ratings wouldn’t fall. Five series is way too much and Junior MasterChef is not likely to do any better than Kitchen Nightmares on Friday.

  • FLOP Detector




  • Really America?


    Viewers didn’t watch Animal Practice and 1600 Penn in originals. Why would they watch them in repeats?

  • Alice

    @karenm no, viewers went down from last week too, 2.3 mil… A high proportion isf hannibal viewers seem to fall in the 18-49 demo so they rise and fall together generally.

  • KarenM

    @FLOP Detector, flops aren’t renewed.

  • SJ

    I don’t watch or care what happens to Hannibal, but I can’t help but feel a bit of schadenfreude: NBC renewed it when they so CLEARLY shouldn’t have and it’s been dropping every week since. So much for its steady fanbase. If NBC brings this turkey back before summer 2014 they are complete morons.

    So is Save Me finally done?

    Hell’s Kitchen isn’t as interesting this year when you know who’s going to be in the top 2. The other chefs are either complete morons or just not good enough.

  • SJ


    Yes they are. See: Hannibal.

  • KarenM

    @SJ, NBC renewed it based on the quality only. Plus, the great…no…fantastic cast. It’s the only good show they’ve got.

  • Really America?


    Hannibal isn’t the only “good” show they got. Chicago Fire, Parenthood, Grimm, and Law and Order: SVU are “good” shows and they easily double, most of the time triple Hannibal’s ratings. Hannibal is good, but it’s not the only option NBC has.

  • Tessa

    There’s a reason shows like Homeland and Dexter are on cable. A show of their nature will be condemned to the same fate as Hannibal. Network audiences don’t like this kind of material. I wished it was on cable.

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