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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  • Lesley

    Hannibal is clearly a self indulgence of NBC management.
    They dont give any other of their shows that kind of preferential treatment,given its terrible ratings.

  • TVDude

    @Really America?,

    To be fair, Hannibal’s the only show that has aired only Thursday at 10pm and mostly in the low-rated summer when The Voice is barely pulling a 3.0. Toss Chicago Fire in Hannibal’s slot with similar promotion against the NBA like that and see what happens. The difference between the Wednesday shows and Hannibal is cost, Hannibal is able to be more profitable with the lower ratings which is why it is where it is when it is. Not much else can do better there, but it could certainly cost a lot more.

  • DanielR

    @Lesley To reiterate, the audience of Hannibal has the same purchasing power as a show with a reliable 4.5 in the demo but an audience that is largely made of people pulling in a salary closer to the national average. Keeping for that reason isn’t indulgent, it’s smart. I guarantee you the ads will be for higher end items when the show comes back.

  • Ted Craig

    Last year, Homeland scored a record for Showtime – 2.3 million viewers or slightly more than last night’s episode of Hannibal. This show wouldn’t do any better on cable. It’s just that cable is a different business model.

    On another topic, I wonder if NBC will push Save Me for a miniseries Emmy. I’m not saying its award-caliber, but that category is apparently wide open.

  • Lesley

    DanielR,thats an interesting point about elitist viewing and how it is accommodated, whatever the ratings.They just find a reason to justify it,thats all.

  • Kurt


    Could you provide a link that backs up your argument? From all I have read online, the only reason Hannibal was renewed was because of the foreign investments paying for the bulk of the show making it dirt cheap for NBC to air.

  • Lesley

    It doesnt do that well in UK. Its on a small cable channel called Sky Living, not a major outlet. It would be lucky to get 900,000 a night on that channel, and more likely 500,000.Its not getting the numbers Homeland got.

  • Oliver

    NBC fired the showrunner of Save Me after 7 episodes and the replacement was told to ignore the completed episodes #2-7 and create a new follow-on from the pilot starting with production episode #8.

    Those episodes join Next Caller, multicam Up All Night and Surprise With Jenny McCarthy as shows that NBC ordered last fall that never saw the light of day.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Ted Craig – No, it’s not… American Horror Story: Asylum, Top of the Lake, The Big C: Hereafter, Parade’s End, The Bible, Call the Midwife, The Crimson Petal and the White, and Political Animals are all miniseries with a possibility for nomination. Plus they get lumped in with TV films as well, which include Behind the Candelabra, Mary and Martha, Phil Spector, The Girl, Killing Lincoln, and Steel Magnolias.

    In other words, Save Me does not have a chance in any category when you consider these potential nominees.

  • Josh


    “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.”

    then why do people love “The Following”!

  • Really America?


    I think the fairest example would be Parenthood. It’s moving Thursdays at 10 PM and if I had to guess, it will at least double, perhaps triple the ratings of Hannibal in the fall. The timeslot is tough, but it is not impossible to program.

    The problem with Hannibal is that is was too niche of a concept for such a tough timeslot. If you placed Hannibal on Fridays, I think that you would see a ratings boost. Even placing it on Sundays would be better than Thursday.

  • Tessa


    then why do people love “The Following”!

    Can’t tell. I don’t watch that show so I have no way to judge whether it is as scary or what could be the differentiating factor.

  • Jacobo

    Well I liked Save Me it was better than all the other NBC comedies but last nights episode was a crappy ending.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Hannibal has been renewed, therefore its rating for the rest of the season don’t matter. Just like any other show. The Mindy Project is a prime example

  • SJ

    Please… whether a show is good or not has no bearing on whether it gets renewed or not. Besides, it’s very subjective. They likely renewed Hannibal because the shared production made it financially viable, but that was when it was pulling 1.0-1.1 which, I guess, isn’t THAT bad for summer. But I’m starting to think that Hannibal will either get its episode order cut for season 2 or find a new (cable) home.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM
    “Hannibal has been renewed, therefore its rating for the rest of the season don’t matter. Just like any other show. The Mindy Project is a prime example”

    Normally I would agree but for the fact that NBC renewed and had filmed a half a dozen episodes of Southland a few years ago and opted not to air them and then sold them, as a package with first season reruns, to TNT.
    History could repeat itself, though I think it is unlikely.

  • Tessa

    find a new (cable) home.

    I vehemently hope that would be the case. I can’t see it lasting beyond season 2 on NBC and it’s a shame. It’s a quality show but in no way something a general audience who watches The Voice would gravitate to. Or perhaps it’ll become NBC’s The Good Wife and they’ll keep it around for the critical acclaim.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Ted Craig

    r0cky is totally correct. The miniseries/movie category is full of potential candidates and I am not sure they have had a “comedy” show entered as a miniseries before.

    Also with the entry deadline having been May 3rd and the voting process having already begun I seriously doubt NBC included it in their “for your consideration” package.

  • HalCapone

    New Hannibal beaten by the marginal Elementary repeat. And even beaten by the atrocious “Does Someone Have to Vomit”. Poor Hannibal gets no respect.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    That is the tired old “CBS kept The Good Wife” around because of the critical acclaim.
    1) It was always a bubble show but one where there were shows below it that earned cancellation first.
    2) The syndication model of CBS’s successes and the potential for income there were more than likely decision factors for renewals for season 4 and 5 and possibly 3 as well than any critical acclaim.
    3)Even if one buys the unprovable “critical acclaim argument” part of that equation would have been peer/guide awards/nominations something that has not yet happened for Hannibal and given the current state of how the peer drama awards have shifted to cable, I see little chance for an Emmy nomination. Though it is part of NBC’s “for your consideration campaign”.

    Shows are simply not kept around for critical acclaim. There is always a financial side that has to be a positive. Thousands of viewers are not flocking to CBS because they have an award winning drama on their slate.

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