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

    Survivor Fan: “Can someone give me a logical reason as to why Hannibal was renewed, or does none exist?”

    * It’s internationally financed, so it’s very cheap for NBC to air. Production cost is not on them.

    * Apparently, it does well in Nielsen households with 100k/yr income.

    * They haven’t had anything better in that time slot for a while.

  • chris

    The Following is Fantastic Show, Hannibal..a wannabe

  • Hardline_Pro

    Hannibal will be returning next year so IDC!

  • Dennis

    The Following is crap…
    Bates Motel is much better show then The Following and Hannibal…. and gets much better ratings then Hannibal aswell even though its on cable!

    The finale got 1.2 in the demo vs Hannibals 0.7 lol

  • Sam

    The Game 7 numbers are actually lower than I thought they would be, but we’ll see the final ratings.

  • jrc1978

    I really tried to like Hannibal and made it through the first 5 episodes…ultimately it just wasn’t pulling me in. It’s too bad because I’m a fan of the movie series. I found it way too predictable and there just wasn’t a sense of suspense for me because of it. The acting is decent and the style is creative and pretty good, but otherwise, meh. I’m SURE it’ll be cancelled after season 2 if NBC doesn’t change their mind by then to even bring it back. Good luck to the remaining fans!

  • RIck

    @chris The Following is a stupid and ridiculous show. The writing is putrid. The stuff that happened in that show was so pathetically far-fetched I can’t believe I hung around for the full season. The FBI was a bunch of buffoons and that people will actually say it was a “fantastic” show..well…just proves that the movie “Idiocracy” is becoming reality. Hannibal is an intelligent show..but in a world where everyone has been waiting for the news of talentless Kardashians baby-name…well, it’s not surprising that more people watch “The Following” than “Hannibal”…….

  • vcoolwater

    I don’t understand why everyone making a big deal about Hannibal. It is already been renewed. The rating of finale doesn’t make difference at this point. I doubt NBC is going to undo their decision.

  • roly

    Great Hannibal ending-sad ratings were soo low.

  • roly

    Great-show, Hannibal ending-sad ratings were soo low.

  • brian

    My issue with Hannibal is that it’s too dark. If only they let in a little humor or humanity in once in a while…maybe ratings would improve. Also, isn’t Will Graham in a couple of those movies? So we have to think he somehow survives what he’s dealing with, which doesn’t do much with the suspense factor.

  • BigBrotherFan

    HONESTLY WHO CAN BLAME ME FOR PREDICTING THE CANCELATION OF HANNIBAL? With numbers like this it should of been yanked ASAP

    Hugh Dancy is ugly and has no charisma and i hate the way his mouth looks when he talks! he’s old

  • charmedcraft

    I think all the delusional Hannibal fans are the same delusional fans of a certain crappy low rated show that was renewed for 6 episodes on the CW.

  • gerry

    a show about a cannibal serial killer dark? no way.

    i’m surprised it held a .7 against the game but credit where credit is due.

    i am so tired of people saying that people who don’t watch hannibal are somehow of a lesser intelligent mind. seriously. i watch mad men and downton abbey and game of thrones just to name a few. i think the bigger issue is that people don’t expect much other than fluff to appear on a ‘big’ network. and when people started hearing how strong it was the ratings were already in the toilet.

    nbc should try reairing it through the summer (not sure if they’re planning to or not) even though the repeats might bomb in ratings it could help in terms of building more of an audience for next season.

  • RSK

    Hannibal is awesome. Great finale.

  • Jo(k)e Internet

    Apparently, it does well in Nielsen households with 100k/yr income


  • lostboy

    Bates Motel is not that great, I enjoyed it most of S1. The writers ripped off David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and admitted it after. Probably will not care about S2 of BM I don’t mind when a show by the same creators use some of their plot lines or a shout out to a previous show they created, which would be Revolution, from the begining writers and the creators were going to do that. A little Lost/Supernatural. I am okay with it. I am a big David Lynch fan, had I known before, that Carlton Cuse planned to rip off David Lynch, I probably would not have bothered to watch Bates Motel.
    The Following/Scream watched one episode a Serial killer with a following, no. Roll eyes
    Hannibal is not a hit with the Nielson’s family, but Hannibal has better writing and acting over the shows listed above.
    I don’t know why Hannibal was renewed don’t care. I watched the finale ( love Hugh Dancy) I am happy it got a S2, however I don’t see how a show like Hannibal will have a S3 not because of the ratings, where do they go with the plot line.
    Every show other than Hannibal, I have rolled my eyes on the writing or the crafting of the shows. Some shows that are boaring, cheesy, terrible acting and lazy writing get great ratings and reviews.
    I am happy the shows I watched escaped the Cancellation Bear regardless if other think it is awful.

  • Benihana

    Well from interviews it sounds like Bryan Fuller has known for a while that Hannibal would be getting another season despite the lower ratings since 2 or 3 suitors were already waiting to pick up the show as soon as NBC decided to cancel it (I have to imagine Amazone Prime and probably Netflix).

    I for one am really excited about these subscription services going after original content with less than stellar ratings (by network standards anyways).

    In my ideal future the networks can keep churning out their broad cookie cutter garbage that does so well with the Nielsen crowd, the shows that actually want to challenge viewers and take risks can be sustained with their relatively smaller fanbases on the Netflix’ and Amazons of the world and I can throw out my antenna to go along with the cable cord I cut 5 years ago!

  • Tom

    @ charmedcraft

    The next time you decide to discuss so-called delusional fans, don’t conveniently forget to include Beauty and the Beast fans such as yourself.

  • al

    Jo(k)e Internet: “Source?”

    Didn’t save the link, but it was something referenced in the comments section of – I think – the previous Tv Ratings Thursday.

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