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[06/07/13 - 08:21 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Finals Open on Top for ABC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, june 6, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

ABC (10.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (6.509 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Kia NBA Countdown" (6.892 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 1" (12.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

FOX (3.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a distant second place with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (5.126 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) and "Does Someone Have to Go?" (2.785 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Next up was CBS (6.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Two and a Half Men" (7.055 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Person of Interest" (6.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "Elementary" (5.356 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Save Me" (3.050 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), a second "Save Me" (2.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus repeats of "The Office" (1.877 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "Parks & Recreation" (1.762 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Hannibal" (2.322 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.836 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Beauty and the Beast" (0.819 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night over on The CW (0.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.2 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.2 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Does Someone Have to Go?
+16.67% - Save Me - 8:30
+5.00% - Hell's Kitchen
0.00% - Save Me - 8:00
-10.00% - Hannibal

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+292.00% - NBA Finals, Game 1 (vs. Duets/Rookie Blue)
+108.33% - Kia NBA Countdown (vs. Duets)
+75.00% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (vs. Duets)
+61.54% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. Take Me Out)
+28.57% - Hannibal (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+16.67% - Save Me - 8:30 (vs. Parks & Recreation (Repeat))
+16.67% - Save Me - 8:00 (vs. The Office (Repeat))
-29.41% - Does Someone Have to Go? (vs. The Choice)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by basketball.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by basketball.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" was delayed by basketball.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/7/12):

CBS (6.92 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.17 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "2 Broke Girls" (6.27 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Person of Interest" (6.91 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "The Mentalist" (6.65 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

FOX (3.76 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the respective premieres of "Take Me Out" (3.31 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "The Choice" (4.21 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

Next up was ABC (5.30 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with original installments of "Duets" (5.23 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Rookie Blue" (5.42 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.74 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) was out the hunt with repeats of "The Office" (2.08 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Parks & Recreation" (1.81 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by the premiere of "Saving Hope" (3.12 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the time period debut of "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.16 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, a new "Breaking Pointe" (0.69 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a repeat of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.50 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.60 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Pointe" posted a 0.3 rating while "Diaries" delivered a 0.2 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-7.14% - Rookie Blue
-12.50% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. 5/9/12)
-20.00% - Duets
-33.33% - Breaking Pointe

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-22.22% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Love Bites)
-22.22% - Saving Hope (vs. The Office (Repeat)/Parks & Recreation (Repeat))
-29.17% - The Choice (vs. So You Think You Can Dance 8)
-33.33% - Breaking Pointe (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
-45.83% - Take Me Out (vs. So You Think You Can Dance 8)
-73.80% - Duets (vs. Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night/NBA Countdown/NBA Finals, Game 5)
-79.37% - Rookie Blue (vs. NBA Finals, Game 5)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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