June 14, 2013



Nothing last night came close to basketball.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Jun 13

ABC:  Per Mitch Metcalf:  NBA FINALS GAME 3 came to life last night with a 5.8 unadjusted fast national rating with adults 18-49.  We are estimating that rating will go up to a 6.7 rating in the official (time-zone-adjusted) nationals to be released later today.  This still lags the 7+ ratings from last year’s comparable games, but is much better than the first three games of the series.  With the Finals now tied 2-2, ABC has a good chance for the best scenario in TV sports:  a very highly rated Game 7.  In addition, we estimate that the adjusted rating for the pre-game JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE will be 1.0, even with last year’s equivalent show, and NBA COUNTDOWN will be at 1.9, somewhat below last year’s pre-game show.

NBC:  Even by recent standards, a terrible night.  The finale of SAVE ME had the same 0.5 rating as the rerun that preceded it (which both had the same rating as the reruns that followed), and HANNIBAL probably became the lowest-rated drama in the history of (non-CW) network television ever to be renewed for a second season with a grisly series low 0.7.

FOX:  HELL’S KITCHEN and DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO? were both down 0.2, to a respective 2.0 and 0.9.

CBS:  Reruns, highlighted by THE BIG BANG THEORY‘s 2.0.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

It’s another quiet Friday on the networks tonight, with fresh episodes limited to the newsmagazines.  Saturday features (if that’s the word) ABC’s burn-off of the dead Anthony Edwards thriller ZERO HOUR, while on Sunday, NBC will throw the MISS USA PAGEANT against NBA FINALS GAME 5.  Sunday cable is highlighted by the return of HBO’s smash TRUE BLOOD, along with season finales for NURSE JACKIE and THE CLIENT LIST.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."