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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  • Dan

    The Good Wife was kept around for syndication purposes. The critical acclaim certainly helped but CBS hoped for a deal which they got last March with Hulu Plus, Amazon and Hallmark and hopefully others down the line. Syndication was achieved and now the show will got over the 100 episode mark. The Good Wife along With The Mentalist will be cancelled in May 2014. I still think Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Bloods are safe for another season. There’s no way CBS wouldnt get those two over 100.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Hannibal is a huge failure so they need to Jill off will Graham and replace him with clarice

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Kill off will Graham!!! Not Jill him off!!! Will is a weak wimp

  • Clarice

    Ouch @ Yawnibal

  • HalCapone

    I’m not sure I would say people “love” The Following but it does have double or so the live 18-49 demo rating of Hannibal. I’m not sure how the “Live plus 7 day DVR” numbers compare. Other than The Voice and SNF, no one watches NBC, relatively speaking so there is the NBC audience abandonment factor. The Following also runs an hour earlier than Hannibal. Other than Scandal, no 10pm show is doing gangbuster ratings. In my humble opinion, Hannibal is a little darker and more gruesome than The Following. Kevin Bacon has a fanbase and the lead of Hannibal is a relative unknown in the US. And finally, Hannibal feels more like a violent, gruesome serial killer show that is crafted like a PBS/BBC series; in other words, it has a very classy feel to it whereas The Following feels more like a CBS cop procedural with gratuitous violence. So, I think The Following is more accessible to mass US auds than Hannibal.

    But, ultimately, who knows? Maybe it’s just bad luck for Hannibal (and NBC).

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Exactly re:The Good Wife

    “NBC audience abandonment factor”

    That is my new favorite phrase :-)
    We can call it NAAF for short.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    I have no idea what Halcapone means by Hannibal is too classy for a serial killer show or following is like a CBS procedural in style? Fact is that the lead of Hannibal will Graham is a weak wimp and a total joke as an FBI person! What if Sheldon from bbt became a serial killer hunter? It’s ridiculous!!

  • Josh


    i think that CBS and ABC took away a lot of NBC viewers, and they did the same thing for a lot of FOX viewers, that is why FOX and NBC have continued dropping and CBS and ABC continue growing!

  • Joseph

    I’m beginning to think that Flop Detector is the person who maintains the Cancellation Bear’s lair, and might even be his manager!


  • Really America?


    ABC keeps growing? So is that why the network is down year to year? ABC is 4th in the demos, behind NBC this year.

    NBC has its own struggles, but ABC isn’t doing anything to NBC.

  • HalCapone

    I didn’t say Hannibal was “too” classy…or even that it was better than The Following. Both shows are dark in nature but feel distinctly different to me in execution. Hannibal seems to spend more time inside the heads of their lead characters (whether FBI agent Will Graham is a weak wimp or not).

  • Really America?


    People only watch The Voice and football on NBC? You might want to tell America’s Got Talent that, since it topped The Voice this week. Parenthood, Chicago Fire, and Grimm also got close or won its timeslot in certain weeks. The Biggest Loser and Dateline still pull in adequate ratings. It’s not a two show network.

  • Tessa


    Hannibal feels more like a violent, gruesome serial killer show that is crafted like a PBS/BBC series; in other words, it has a very classy feel to it whereas The Following feels more like a CBS cop procedural with gratuitous violence.

    The online audience that loves Hannibal are largely fans of shows like Doctor Who and BBC Sherlock. So this theory could be true. Also, if The Following has a procedural structure then there is your answer. Like Sherlock, Homeland, Game of Thrones and many other cable and foreign shows, you won’t understand Hannibal if you don’t watch it from the beginning. I think that’s what’s killing it. No casual viewer would tune in for one episode and be enchanted. They will most likely be confused and change the channel. This show is more like a 13 hour extended movie than a weekly TV show.


    Fact is that the lead of Hannibal will Graham is a weak wimp

    No matter how many times you say that it doesn’t make it a fact. It does however make you sound like a douche for calling someone with mental illness a wimp, even if he’s fictional. Will Graham is a fascinatingly complex character. He’s capable of deducing more about a crime scene operating on an infected brain than half of the walking stereotype investigators on those run of the mill procedural shows.

  • Really America?


    While I’m at it, take the Superbowl away from CBS, and you guessed it, it’s down also year to year. So where is this growth?

  • Jana

    Wish NBC gave Deception the chance they gave Hannibal! Deceptions ratings were always steady at 1.2

  • Really America?


    Deception had more compatible and steady lead in with The Biggest Loser during the typical network slow period of January/February. It was expected to do much better than it performed.

    Hannibal was given an incompatible comedy lead in with an April start date. Expectations couldn’t have been that high.

    Getting rid of Deception was the right call. Hannibal is so cheap, that it’s ratings don’t factor in. If it did, it wouldn’t be here either.

  • HalCapone

    @Really America?
    Numbers can be deceiving. ABC is indeed in fourth place this year but if one does a comparison of scripted shows only ABC passes NBC by a wide margin. NBC is where they are due to Sunday Night Football and to a much lesser degree, The Voice. ABC is the only broadcast network not to air NFL games (choosing a more lucrative ESPN cable deal, instead). In fact, if all football were eliminated from the broadcast network ratings, ABC would be second to CBS and it might even be a relatively close 2nd, too (minus CBS’ Superbowl ratings). ABC also dominates with the female demo.

  • Really America?


    Why discount football? NBC pays for it as a show. ABC had football at one point but gave it up. If it was just a major one day event like the Superbowl, I would agree with discounting it. But it’s not. That’s like saying discount Grey’s Anatomy or Modern Family. If you did, the numbers would look worse. Same thing with Fox and American Idol. So why should we just take out a show on NBC?

    ABC focuses on the “female” demo but they don’t dominate. There’s multiple timeslot where they were not the female demo leader in the hour.

  • Josh

    @Really America?

    “the big bang theory” is CBS main growth and “Person Of Interest” is about to be now ABC is about to have the biggest show premere with “Agents of SHIELD” so it will keep growing!

  • Really America?


    None of those shows provided overall growth for CBS this year. ABC isn’t growing either. It seems like you are forecasting ABC’s growth on a future show. No one knows how Agents of SHIELD will do. My guess is that it will be sampled and fall significantly in the coming weeks, much like ABC’s previously proclaimed sure fire hits No Ordinary Family, V, and Flash Forward.

    Even if Agents Of Shield does well, it would have to offset declines in other timeslots and that’s very hard for one single show to do it. Also, I could use the same reasoning and say that NBC will grow because of The Michael J. Fox Show or The Blacklist. It seems like you have discounted that possibility for any other network but ABC.

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