The broadcast ratings for Thursday night’s television lineup best reflect a classic case of good news and bad news. The bad news? For ABC, their ratings juggernaut known as the NBA Finals is over after five games. On the plus side, though, other shows no longer have to worry about taking the substantial hit to their numbers because of the finals.
Fox – The good news for Fox is that “Take Me Out” rose to the (still terrible) rating of 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic, but it was not also directly up against basketball. “The Choice” was, and as a result it slid down to a 1.5. We still wish that the “So You Think You Can Dance” results show was here instead.
NBC – “Saving Hope” continues to be eaten alive on NBC, and its 0.5 rating is the sort of number you would expect from poorly-rated shows on The CW. The only hope that show has to stay alive is if it is a hit in Canada — and even then, the import’s not likely to be broadcasted in the United States again, at least on a major network.
Justin Bieber also continued to be a ratings disappointment, as the second half of his “All Around the World” special drew just a 0.8 — the same number brought in by “Rock Center with Brian Williams” later in the night.
The CW – Is anyone else noticing some subtle improvement here for The CW’s summer lineup? Only days after “The Catalina” showed some growth in total viewers, “Breaking Pointe” at least scored close to a million viewers — even if it was still at a dreadful 0.3. Rome is not going to be built in a day, but the network finally seems to be on the right track when it comes to its summer programming.
What did you check out on Thursday, and are you think the lack of basketball will not help out other shows?