TV Ratings: 'Hannibal' Falls to Series Low Opposite NBA Finals

ABC dominates in the ad-coveted demo on Thursday evening, while Fox places a distant second.

How did ABC's competition fare going up against the NBA Finals?

NBC's penultimate episode of recently renewed drama Hannibal (2 million total viewers, 0.7 rating in adults 18-49) fell to a series low in the advertiser-coveted demographic, dropping 22 percent. An original telecast of the Anne Heche comedy Save Me (2.2 million, 0.5) had an even steeper plunge, dipping nearly 30 percent to a series low.

Fox, meanwhile, had better luck against basketball, with Hell's Kitchen (5.1 million, 2.0) dipping about 9 percent in the demo and slipping slightly in viewership (5.1 million versus 5.3 million) from the previous week. Unscripted effort Does Someone Have to Go? (2.4 million, 0.9) had a steeper 18 percent drop in the demo.

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After three games of year-over-year declines, ABC's coverage of Game 4 of the NBA Finals is poised to catch up with last year's. Fast National returns have the game averaging a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49, off just two-tenths of a point from last year's preliminary numbers. Adjustments will still see the game go up, with last year's rising to a 7.4 adults rating in finals.

CBS aired reruns of Big Bang Theory (8.3 million, 2.0), Two and a Half Men (6.4 million, 1.3), Person of Interest (6.6 million, 1.0) and Elementary (5.6 million, 1.0). The CW was also in repeats, airing The Vampire Diaries (869,000, 0.3) and Beauty and the Beast (631,000, 0.2).

On the evening, ABC dominated in the demo, with Fox a distant second with a 1.4. CBS followed with a 1.2, NBC with a 0.6 and The CW with a 0.3. Among total viewers, ABC was No. 1 in primetime with an 11.4 million average, with second-place CBS grabbing nearly half that audience with 6.5 million. Fox was third with 3.8 million, with NBC placing fourth with 2 million.

Michael O'Connell contributed to this report.

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