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Monday Final Nationals: Oklahoma City-Golden State on TNT Deliver Best Ratings Start to an NBA West Final in 14 Years

ABC and TNT were winners on this Monday prime time. ABC — which aired the series finale of “Castle” — was the night’s most-watched network with 10.33 million total viewers.

TNT was tops among adults 18-49 (approx. 2.6 rating) and adults 18-34 (approx. 2.5 rating). The “2016 NBA Western Conference Finals – Game 1” between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors and post-game show “Inside the NBA” were the top two most-watched cable programs of the night. Game 1 between the Thunder/Warriors on TNT averaged 8.7 million total viewers and a 5.3 U.S. household rating, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals, to garner the most-viewed program of the night on cable. TNT’s Inside the NBA averaged a 2.8 household rating, according to Nielsen metered market data, for the second-best program of the night.

The Thunder/Warriors telecast peaked with an average of 10.6 million viewers and a 6.4 U.S. household rating from 11:15-11:30 P.M. ET. Overall, the game telecast is the most viewed and highest rated Conference Finals Game 1 airing on the network since 2011 (ECF Game 1 between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls).

TNT’s Thunder/Warriors WCF Game 1 telecast is up 37 percent in viewers and 33% in U.S. household rating when compared with 2014, the last time the network televised the Western Conference Finals (Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio). WCF Game 1 was also up 27 percent in viewers and 20 percent in U.S. household rating over the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals coverage airing on TNT (Cleveland vs. Atlanta). This year’s coverage of the WCF Game 1 also generated double-digit audience growth across all key demos.

The top rated local markets for Thunder/Warriors – San Francisco (23.4 household rating); Oklahoma City (21.5); Sacramento (12.0); Tulsa and Cleveland (11.1). (Source: Turner)

Thunder/Warriors from May 16, 2016 is the highest-rated, most-watched WCF Game 1 since Lakers/Kings on NBC in 2002 (6.3 household rating, 9.2 million viewers). (Source: Sports Media Watch)

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Programming Insider Monday, May 16, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 6.7/11 10329 1.0/4 1.6/5 2.2/6
8:00 Dancing with the Stars 7.5/13 11637 1.2/5 1.7/6 2.4/7
10:01 Castle (f) 5.1/9 7648 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.8/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.2/7 6640 0.6/3 1.3/4 1.9/6
8:00 Mike & Molly 4.9/9 7871 0.7/3 1.4/5 2.3/7
8:30 Mike & Molly (s) (f) 5.3/9 8450 0.8/4 1.7/6 2.6/7
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (r) 4.6/8 7220 0.8/3 1.5/5 2.2/6
9:29 The Odd Couple 3.6/6 5736 0.7/3 1.3/4 1.8/5
9:59 Person of Interest 3.4/6 5314 0.4/2 0.9/3 1.4/4
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.1/9 8126 1.1/5 1.8/6 2.5/7
8:00 The Voice 5.9/10 9519 1.2/5 2.1/7 3.0/8
10:01 Blindspot 3.4/6 5269 0.8/3 1.3/4 1.7/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.9/3 3130 0.7/3 1.0/3 1.2/3
8:00 Gotham 2.3/4 3842 0.9/4 1.3/5 1.6/5
9:00 Houdini & Doyle 1.5/3 2418 0.4/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.6/1 865 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Reign 0.5/1 764 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
9:00 Jane the Virgin (f) 0.6/1 966 0.4/2 0.4/1 0.4/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1754 0.6/2
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/1 1355 0.5/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1774 0.6/2
9:00 Yago 0.9/1 1578 0.6/2
10:00 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1994 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 466 0.2/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.1/0 274 0.1/1
8:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.2/0 426 0.2/1
9:00 La Viuda Negra (thru 11:00) 0.2/0 485 0.2/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Monday 5/16/16

Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.4/8
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Castle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Mike & Molly” (CBS, 8pm)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Mike & Molly” (CBS, 8:30pm)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The Odd Couple” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/4
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Person of Interest” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Blindspot” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Gotham” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/3
Men 18-34: 1.0/5
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.4/5

Houdini & Doyle” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Reign” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.1/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

American Dad” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.38
Men 18-34: 0.58
Women 18-49: 0.38
Men 18-49: 0.60

The Detour” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.28
Men 18-34: 0.35
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.37

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS)
Women 18-34: 0.20
Men 18-34: 0.20
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.30

Bates Motel” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.41
Men 18-34: 0.26
Women 18-49: 0.63
Men 18-49: 0.42

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors” (TNT)
Women 18-34: 2.32
Men 18-34: 4.66
Women 18-49: 2.46
Men 18-49: 4.86

NHL Eastern Conference Finals Game 2: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins” (NBCSN)
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.66
Women 18-49: 0.43
Men 18-49: 0.88

Cable Rankings – Monday 5/16/16
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Monday, May 16:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
79 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 49 627 0.2
16 BATES MOTEL A&E 9:00 PM 67 1498 0.5
60 60 DAYS IN FIRST LOOK A&E 10:07 PM 10 734 0.3
55 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 751 0.3
46 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 880 0.3
28 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1052 0.4
25 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1138 0.5
17 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1473 0.7
13 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1588 0.7
76 AMC MOVIE: THE PATRIOT (2000) AMC 6:30 PM 210 644 0.2
98 TURN AMC 10:00 PM 61 504 0.1
44 YUKON MEN APL 8:00 PM 61 896 0.2
43 YUKON MEN APL 9:01 PM 61 904 0.2
38 YUKON MEN APL 10:02 PM 61 934 0.2
24 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 61 1161 0.4
45 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRAVO 10:01 PM 60 883 0.4
61 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 731 0.1
73 CNN SPECIAL REPORT CNN 9:00 PM 60 657 0.1
81 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 625 0.1
32 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 8:00 PM 60 990 0.4
8 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 9:00 PM 62 2322 1.0
19 FAT N FURIOUS DISC 10:02 PM 61 1365 0.5
77 KATE & MIM DISJR 8:00 PM 25 640 0.1
86 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:30 PM 25 574 0.1
87 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:00 PM 25 571 0.1
95 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:30 PM 25 520 0.1
40 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 920 0.2
35 BUNK’D DSNY 8:30 PM 30 957 0.2
36 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:00 PM 30 949 0.2
42 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 9:30 PM 30 912 0.1
41 BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 914 0.1
47 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY 10:30 PM 30 866 0.1
97 BASEBALL RAIN DELAY (0.36 HH) ESPN 7:00 PM 179 512 0.2
83 CAKE MASTERS FOOD 8:00 PM 60 584 0.2
71 CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 60 674 0.2
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2975 0.2
7 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2522 0.2
10 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2043 0.2
64 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: PITCH PERFECT FRFM 7:30 PM 150 715 0.3
53 FX MOVIE PRIME: AVATAR FX 8:01 PM 209 784 0.3
111 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 453 0.1
92 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 543 0.2
100 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:00 PM 30 493 0.1
117 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 427 0.1
121 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:00 PM 30 417 0.1
102 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:30 PM 30 485 0.1
94 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 528 0.2
95 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 520 0.2
52 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 8:00 PM 30 788 0.2
58 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 8:30 PM 30 746 0.2
30 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1039 0.3
23 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1166 0.3
15 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1516 0.3
14 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1579 0.3
27 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 59 1113 0.3
22 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:59 PM 59 1181 0.2
33 IRON & FIRE HIST 10:00 PM 31 984 0.2
54 IRON & FIRE HIST 10:31 PM 32 776 0.2
75 DISAPPEARED ID 8:00 PM 60 646 0.1
51 TRUE CRIME W/APHRODITE ID 9:00 PM 60 798 0.2
37 DISAPPEARED ID 10:00 PM 60 940 0.3
48 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 845 0.1
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1245 0.2
31 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1020 0.1
18 TEEN MOM II SSN7 MTV 10:00 PM 61 1455 0.8
50 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 815 0.2
63 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 729 0.2
56 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 749 0.2
56 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 749 0.3
12 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 2: TAMPA BAY / PITTSBURGH (1.04 HH) NBCSN 8:08 PM 178 1705 0.7
29 WICKED TUNA NGC 9:00 PM 60 1042 0.3
26 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1134 0.2
34 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY &DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 30 963 0.2
58 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 746 0.2
80 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 626 0.1
84 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 583 0.1
82 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 585 0.1
74 COPS (O) SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 654 0.2
68 COPS SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 680 0.2
70 COPS SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 675 0.2
61 COPS SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 731 0.3
72 COPS SPIKE 10:00 PM 30 662 0.2
65 COPS SPIKE 10:30 PM 30 708 0.3
49 FAMILY GUY TBS 8:00 PM 30 829 0.4
39 AMERICAN DAD TBS TBS 8:30 PM 30 928 0.5
67 THE DETOUR TBS 9:00 PM 30 695 0.3
90 FAMILY GUY TBS 9:30 PM 30 551 0.3
66 FAMILY GUY TBS 10:00 PM 30 696 0.4
78 FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 30 632 0.3
93 MY 600 LB. LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 60 533 0.2
89 MY 600 LB. LIFE TLC 9:00 PM 60 553 0.2
68 MY 600 LB. LIFE TLC 10:00 PM 60 680 0.2
11 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME SHOW: (1.27 HH) TNT 8:00 PM 60 1879 0.8
1 NBA PLAYOFFS GAME 1: OKLAHOMA CITY / GOLDEN STATE (5.31 HH) TNT 9:00 PM 163 8706 3.7
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 11:43 PM 36 4,061 1.9
THE DUNK KING TNT 12:19 AM 101 1,821 0.9
79 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 7:36 PM 36 630 0.1
99 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:48 PM 36 496 0.1
91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 548 0.1
2 WWE RAW (2.06 HH) USA 8:00 PM 60 3376 1.1
3 WWE RAW (2.03 HH) USA 9:00 PM 60 3302 1.1
5 WWE RAW (1.83 HH) USA 10:00 PM 71 2894 1.0
6 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 5 VH1 8:00 PM 60 2853 1.5
9 BLACK INK CREW 4 VH1 9:00 PM 60 2056 1.1
20 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 5 VH1 10:00 PM 60 1279 0.7
101 CSI MIAMI WETV 8:00 PM 60 491 0.1
85 CSI MIAMI WETV 9:00 PM 60 576 0.1
88 CSI MIAMI WETV 10:00 PM 60 567 0.1

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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