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ABC Rules with Game Five of ‘The NBA Finals’

Modest Start for 'Superhuman' on Fox

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 11.4/20, NBC: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +15, ABC: + 9, CW: no change, CBS: -17, NBC: -22

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Ratings Breakdown:
ABC, of course, stood well above the competition last night with game five of the “NBA Finals” (Warriors: 129, Cavaliers: 120) at an estimated 15.3 rating/26 share in the household overnights from 8-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was nine percent above the 14.0/23 one year earlier. Once the final nationals are factored in, ABC is poised for its most-watched “NBA Finals” series since 1998.

Opposite “The NBA Finals” were three season premieres (“So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox, and “American Ninja Warrior” and “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” on NBC) and the series-premiere of reality/competition “Superhuman” on Fox. “So You Think You Can Dance” returned for season 14 with a 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights, which was on par from the year-ago season-opener, and that led into a 1.9/ 3 for the launch of “Superhuman.” Comparably, the “Superhuman” opener was 58 percent above the 1.2/ 2 for failed drama “Houdini” one year earlier.

NBC, in contrast, lost steam. The return of “American Ninja Warrior” scored a 3.4/ 6 from 8-10 p.m., which was 17 percent below the 4.1/ 7 on the year-ago evening. And “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” dipped by 31 percent year-to-year with a 2.0/ 3 at 10 p.m. Overnight retention for “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “American Ninja Warrior” (3.2/ 5) was lacking at 59 percent.

Elsewhere, CBS populated this second Monday in June with encore telecasts of “Kevin Can Wait” (#4: 2.6/ 5), “Man with a Plan” ((#4: 2.5/ 4), “Mom” (#3: 2.9/ 5), “Life in Pieces” (#3: 2.5/ 4) and “Scorpion” (#2: 2.3/ 4). And The CW featured a repeat of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.8/ 1) and two episodes – original and repeat – of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.7/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.).

What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, June 12, 2017:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#4)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season premiere): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Countdown: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season premiere): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 12.3/21 (#1)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Superhuman” (series premiere): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 14.9/25 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Superhuman” (series premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 16.6/27 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 15.5/26 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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