June 21, 2013


Updated with official national ratings below for Game 7.

ABC may be as happy this morning as Miami’s fans are, with what will probably be the highest network rating we see for quite a while.

Daily Comparison 2013 Thu Jun 20

ABC:  Per Mitch Metcalf:  NBA Finals Game 7 scored a preliminary 8.7 adult 18-49 in the fast nationals, and we are estimating the time zone adjustment in the official nationals will bring the rating up to a very good 10.4 rating.  UPDATE: The official national rating for Game 7 is a 10.6 with adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.  The last Game 7 (in 2010 on Thursday, June 17) scored an 11.4 rating.  That series featured the classic match-up of the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics.  San Antonio definitely did not have history on its side.  In the 18 Game 7’s since the modern NBA was founded in 1950, the home team has now won 15 times.  In addition, we estimate the final rating for the pre-game JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE will be 1.6 and NBA COUNTDOWN will be 2.9, both the highest of this season’s series.

NBC:  After 0.5/0.6 for reruns, the season finale of HANNIBAL could only tie its series low 0.7.  Obviously, competition was brutal against the game last night, but Hannibal was also beaten by the Elementary rerun on CBS.

FOX:  Despite the competition, HELL’S KITCHEN was only down 0.1 to 1.9, and DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO? was even at 0.9.

CBS:  Reruns, highlighted as usual by THE BIG BANG THEORY and its 1.6.

CW:  Reruns at 0.4/0.2.

Friday nights remain the home of reruns during the summer, with just a sprinkling of fresh newsmagazines on the night.  Saturday night will feature STANLEY CUP GAME 5 on NBC, airing against MLB BASEBALL on FOX and the usual mix of reruns and burn-offs.  Sunday, though, will be busy, especially on cable.  NBC premieres its latest foreign co-venture drama CROSSING LINES, while Lifetime launches its new soap DEVIOUS MAIDS, BBCAmerica brings back COPPER, HBO rings down the season curtain on VEEP, and AMC ends the penultimate season of MAD MEN.



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."