TV Ratings Friday: 'Crossbones' Premieres on Par with 'Hannibal', 'Dateline' Up, 'What Would You Do?' Down, '20/20'Steady

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May 31st, 2014

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Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/5 1.2/5 0.6/5 0.5/2 0.3/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/3 0.6/5 0.4/2 0.4/2 0.2/1 x
Total Viewers (million) 4.680 6.341 4.796 2.001 0.924 x

ABC and NBC tied for number one in adults 18-49, while NBC won with total viewers.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.3, up 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Crossbones garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, even with the season premiere of Hannibal on February 28. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On ABC, What Would You Do? scored a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 15 percent from a 1.3 for last week’s premiere. 20/20 matched last week’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

May 30, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline (8-10PM) 1.3/5 7.07
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.0/4 4.32
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.6/3 3.48
FOX MasterChef - R 0.6/3 1.79
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? - R 0.4/2 1.29
8:30 CW Whose Line Is It Anyway? - R 0.5/2 1.43
9:00 ABC What Would You Do? 1.1/4 4.16
CBS Hawaii Five-0 -R 0.6/2 4.84
FOX I Wanna Marry Harry - R 0.4/1 1.18
CW Hart of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.49
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.4/5 5.55
NBC Crossbones - Series Premiere 1.1/4 4.89
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.8/3 6.07

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/4 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/2 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.1/3 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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