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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  • brent

    No late night ratings this week?

  • Alice

    Clearly, they renewed it because it was financially viable for them, being a co-production and generally doing better than previous fillers of the slot. Once it stops becoming financially viable it will be cancelled, they didn’t renew it out of the goodness of their hearts. Plenty of good quality shows get cancelled. At this point I wouldn’t be that surprised if they cancelled production on s2 (isn’t that what happened with Southland?), but there must be something about it that makes it worth renewing, or they wouldn’t have. I’m still hoping it gets shopped to cable but I can’t see its ratings there being particularly good either, so I guess I’ll just have to watch s2 as the last!

  • Lorna

    Will everybody let up on Hannibal! It is a really good show and if you don’t like it just shut up! That is all.

  • Kdub

    I’m one of those guys that LOVES Hannibal but I just didn’t watch because real life trumps made up life. I’ll watch the NBA finals over it any day of the week when I can DVR Hannibal and watch it Saturday.

  • Dan S

    While I’m enjoying Hannibal even I’m trying to figure out how it escaped the bear. I maintain it’ll pull a Southland & move to cable for its 2nd season. I just don’t know when or where they’d schedule Hannibal with so many other shows that’ll be waiting in the wings on a very crowded schedule. Assuming NBC does bring it back it won’t likely be until Summer 2014.

  • Jacob

    Was last nights episode of save me the season finale if it was I was disappointed.

  • Hel-luhr

    @FLOP Detector

    Your prediction wasn’t accurate, it was 0.2 off :(

  • don

    Does Someone Have to Go looks like it should just go away lol

  • ethan

    LOL at the save me rerun getting more viewers than the original, and having the same demo.

  • CBSviewer

    Hannibal is the best new Show of the season. Unfortunatly NBC premiered it too late. After Do No Harm NBC waited two mounths to premiere Hannibal. It could have premiered mid-February and ratings would be higher (No NBA and no Summer run). Hopefully it is cheap for NBC and they made the right decision when it was Renewed.
    I think next season it is more likely to air on Friday at 10/9c considering Dracula and Crossbones don’t look like hits. On the other hand it could be good paired with SVU if Ironside flops.

  • Mitchell


    Series finale of Save Me, yup. Pity that 5 episodes are never going to see the light of day, how bad must they be if NBC didn’t even see them fit to be burned off in double eps over the summer?

  • Mitchell


    Dracula and Crossbones might not look like hits but we know for a fact that Hannibal isn’t a hit.

  • Rob3008

    I know it’s only a burn-off as they clearly have no faith in the show, but NBC’s scheduling on Save Me is bizarre to say the least. From what I understand, they filmed 13 episodes, but yet only aired 7 and showed a repeat in one of its scheduled time slots.

    Am I missing something obvious here? Why would they do that?

  • DanielR

    Of the three major reasons Hannibal got renewed, the only ones that get discussed on this board are that it was critically well received and has a fee structure that makes it more or a less a rounding error on NBC’s budget. The third reason isn’t insignificant.

    Yes, only about a million people in the demo watch it live on a reliable basis, on average. However, guess what the data said about those million people? Most of them live in households making $100k a year or more. THAT is probably the major reason they decided to renew it. It’s our generation’s St. Elsewhere, i.e. not that many people watch it but the audience that does is the audience most coveted by companies with big advertising budgets and niche products. When NBC brings it back, it will probably have the same kinds of ads/sponsors Mad Men does.

  • Tessa

    there must be something about it that makes it worth renewing, or they wouldn’t have.

    I’m trying to figure out how it escaped the bear.

    There’s a lot of buzz for Hannibal online and on social media sites. A lot of people noticed it that way (myself included. I didn’t know it even existed before my Tumblr and Facebook walls burst with it.) It could be NBC is hoping for it to be a late bloomer through word of mouth. But I maintain my verdict that it shouldn’t even be on NBC. This is cable channel material with the level of gore and scares it contains. One scene last night gave me chills and I’m the type who watches American Horror Story in an empty house with lights off. There is such a thing as too scary for people to watch at 10 pm, even if they love the show. They will DVR and watch it later when the sun is up and the world looks safe.

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  • BrieK

    My interest in Hannibal has waned since the conclusion of the spring season, but you must consider Hannibal’s weak lead-in. It gained viewers from the lead-in and I think that matters.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Mitchell

    Did I say Hannibal is a hit ? No. I just said Hannibal is a very good Show, well written and well acted.
    It airs on Thursday at 10 with a repeat as lead-in, during summer and on NBC. How can it be a hit with these conditions ?

  • Dan

    Hannibal will suffer the same fate as Smash. Two and through but hopefully NBC’s new dramas next season will do better.

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