TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals Game 7 Dominates Night + 'Hell's Kitchen' Dips & 'Hannibal' Finale Flat

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June 21st, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.1/22 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.0/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.0/25 1.1/4 1.3/5 0.6/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 17.815 3.712 3.557 5.892 5.892 0.867


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 3.2 adults 18-49. NBA Countdown garnered a 4.5. NBA Finals Game 7 scored a monster 8.7 adults 18-49 rating. We have more on last night's basketball ratings here.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen garnered a 1.9, down a tenth from last week's 2.0 18-49 rating down. Does Someone Have to Go? matched last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Hannibal was even with last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Your votes were too optimistic.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 3.2 12 9.09
FOX Hell's Kitchen 1.9 7 5.05
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 1.6 6 7.47
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 2.28
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.05
8:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 4.5 15 11.57
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.2 4 5.79
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 1.73
9:00PM ABC 2013 NBA Finals (Game 7) 8.7 26 21.56
FOX Does Someone Have to Go? 0.9 3 2.37
CBS Person of Interest -R 0.7 2 5.82
NBC The Office -R 0.5 1 1.43
CW Beauty and the Beast -R 0.2 1 0.68
9:30PM NBC The Office -R 0.5 1 1.37
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 0.8 2 5.220
NBC Hannibal 0.7 2 1.90


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  • al

    “Elementary -R 0.8 2 5.220″

    I was expecting a bigger drop. Really solid repeater for CBS.

    I thought the Hannibal finale was boring. I just don’t like framing as a plot device, I guess.

    No drop in the demo, only int total viewers. 1.90 for a finale is… not that great, but eh. NBA.

  • s0303

    hannibal was so good last night…love this show…too bad more people aren’t watching :(

  • Laurence

    Great season finale for Hannibal last night. Can’t wait for season 2 !!!!!

  • Jo(k)e Internet

    It’s not looking all THAT good for Hannibal, is it? But let’s wait for the final numbers before we push the boat out too far. When will they be posted?

  • s0303

    @big brother fan…hugh dancy is gorgeous…but i do agree, ratings wise, hannibal should have been cancelled…but i love this show, so i’m not complaining :)

  • NBC Fan

    @Anyone who watched the game

    Which shows had promos during the game?

  • RIck

    Haven’t seen the Hannibal finale yet(will tonight), disappointed that it can’t get traction. Of course it has NO lead in whatsoever, has been battling NBA finals for 2 weeks…and people are just unaware of the show in general. I mention it at work and they are like “what’s Hannibal”…Such an interesting show. (ticked at ABC for cancelling “How to live with your Parents”…absolutely love that show. Will really miss it. Very clever.

  • DC

    The 6 game average for Heat-Spurs was 9.7, With this gigantic 17.7 rating. I would assume the Series is going to average between a 10.2 to 10.5.

    Meaning for the fourth straight year the NBA Finals has a averaged Double Digits 2010 got a 10.6, 2011 got a 10.2, 2012 got a 10.1. Great Great news for NBA and ABC.

  • MichaelChickless

    It [sic] utterly pathetic seeing people say “Go Hannibal”

    You’re pathetic. You’ve got an unhealthy obsession with hating this show (and Hugh Darcy). It’s a beautifully crafted show with outstanding performances and wonderful cinematography. The ratings are obviously a little weak, but the high DVR numbers show the viewer love for this show. If you don’t like the show, don’t watch it. It’ll be back next year for the rest of us.

  • JD

    Hannibal is brilliant, and is easily the best show on network TV now. The ratings are pretty horrible now, but there’s barely anything on network TV this late in the game, especially scripted content. It’s a little too stylized, dark, and sophisticated for the general public (at least Americans) but it does well internationally. I could see it picked up by cable/online providers if season three isn’t a go at NBC, based on quality and more affordable production costs.

  • rob60990

    Game should adjust way up when the last hour is included and time zone adjustments. ABC did some advertising of new shows. Saw a promo for Shield, OUATIW, Lucky 7, and Super Fun Night. There was probably a promo for Goldbergs that i missed.

  • Survivor Fan

    Can someone give me a logical reason as to why Hannibal was renewed, or does none exist?

  • mayorofsmpleton

    @big brother fan

    Please share with us a picture of your mug. ;) I’m guessing your face doesn’t hold a candle to Dancy. No offense intended…

    The ratings are terrible but perhaps premiering in the summer will help next year — NBC needs to get the show up on Netflix immediately. The longer it has to build an audience the better it stands a chance to grow before the season 2 premiere. NBC is becoming something of a cable net in how they air their shows — but until they take the same approach AMC/FX has with their successful shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy) that have all grown each year (this season of Mad Men being the only exception) they’re not going to see the same growth. Hannibal will only grow with more viewers catching it at their own leisure and positive word of mouth.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ NBC Fan

    Back in the Game
    Super Fun Night
    Whodunnit (premieres Sunday)
    OUAT: Wonderland (minimal previews)

  • PurpleDrazi

    It was a special. Ramsay threw ladies’ shoes at chef wannabes for an entire hour.

    I would watch that show! :-)

  • Survivor Fan

    Also Goldbergs

  • chris

    No one needs to watch Hannibal Finale to KNOW it was a FLOP . Spomsors look at numbers & numbers ONLY .7

  • CrimTV


    First of all, DVR ratings overall DON’T matter as the advertisers only care for live ratings or C3 ratings. To you it may be an amazing show but to someone else it might be awful, but you can’t blame BigBrotherFan for not liking it as people have different opinions. Honestly it’s viewers/ratings are really bad and with/without the competition even when the NBA wasn’t on it’s ratings weren’t good.

  • Dennis

    Hannibal reallt did deserve to be cancelled…
    there’s been plenty of tv shows with critical acclaim cancelled with much better numbers then Hannibal..

    And the Game is no excuse, Hannibal has had awful ratings starting with episode 3, thats 10 (or 9, they skiped an ep) weeks of awful ratings.

    I can’t see it doing any better next year…and I highly doubt it will be used to replace one of NBC’s new dramas that flop, since they’d probably still be doing better then Hannibal would do

  • chris

    Hell’s Kitchen All recieving Black Jackets after family reunions was fun

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