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Monday Final Ratings: Warriors-Rockets Game 7 on TNT Delivers Second Most-Viewed NBA Telecast Ever on Cable

Capitals-Golden Knights on NBC Posts Three-Year High in NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Viewership

Game 7 of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on TNT delivered the second most-watched NBA game in the history of cable television. It was also the most-viewed NBA telecast of the 2018-19 season prior to the NBA Finals.

Monday night’s telecast averaged 14.8 million viewers – with a peak of 18 million viewers from 11-11:15 p.m. ET – to garner the top program across all of television (cable and broadcast) over Memorial Day weekend.

After the game on TNT, the post-game show ‘Inside the NBA’ averaged 5.7 million viewers on Monday night, the program’s second most-watched episode of all time.

Overall, TNT’s coverage of the Western Conference Finals series averaged 9.4 million viewers, up 51 percent over last year’s Eastern Conference Finals airing on the network (Cavaliers/Celtics) and an increase of 45 percent vs. the 2017 WCF (Warriors/Spurs).

The 2018 NBA Playoffs propelled TNT to cable’s #1 ranking in primetime throughout the past five weeks.  Over that span, TNT won the night across all of television (cable and broadcast) five times and delivered cable TV’s top program 22 times.

The Game 7 telecast delivered the best rating on record (22.0 household rating) in Houston for a Rockets game on TNT.  San Francisco ranked as the top market with a 27.9 rating for Monday night’s telecast.

(Source: Turner Sports)

The Total Audience Delivery of 5.279 million viewers for NBC’s Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Stanley Cup Final was the highest for a Game 1 since 2015 (Chicago-Tampa, 5.586 million); was the third-best since NBC Sports began broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 (2015 and 2013, Boston-Chicago, 6.315 million); was up 7 percent vs. last year’s Game 1 (Nashville-Pittsburgh, 4.925 million) and up 28 percent vs. Game 1 in 2016 (San Jose-Pittsburgh, 4.132 million).

TV-only viewership of Game 1 peaked at nearly six million viewers (5.906 million).

Locally, Las Vegas delivered a 28.1 rating, which stands as the highest rating for a Golden Knights game ever in the market, surpassing this year’s deciding Game 5 of the Western Conference Final vs. Winnipeg on NBC (17.9).

With a 16.0 local rating in Washington, D.C., Game 1 was the highest-rated Capitals game ever on the networks of NBC in the market, topping this year’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay on NBCSN (12.6).

(Source: NBC Sports)

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  • What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Monday, May 28:

    ABC World News Tonight (S) (ABC, 6:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 7.885 million viewers
    – 4.9/11 HH
    – 0.8/4 A18-49 (0.9/5 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.4/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.4/3 M18-34)
    – 1.3/5 A25-54 (1.5/6 F25-54, 1.0/4 M25-54)

    The Bachelorette (P) (ABC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 5.498 million viewers
    – 3.5/6 HH
    – 1.4/5 A18-49 (2.1/8 F18-49, 0.8/3 M18-49)
    – 1.3/6 A18-34 (1.8/9 F18-34, 0.7/4 M18-34)
    – 1.7/5 A25-54 (2.4/7 F25-54, 1.0/3 M25-54)

    The Crossing (ABC, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
    – 2.531 million viewers
    – 1.7/3 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
    – 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.7/2 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

    CBS Evening News (S) (CBS, 6:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 5.819 million viewers
    – 3.6/8 HH
    – 0.6/3 A18-49 (0.7/4 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.9/4 A25-54 (1.0/4 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)

    Mom (RS) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 4.038 million viewers
    – 2.6/5 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.1/4 F25-54, 0.7/2 M25-54)

    Man with a Plan (RS) (CBS, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 3.634 million viewers
    – 2.3/4 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.8/3 A25-54 (1.1/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    NCIS: New Orleans (RS) (CBS, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.832 million viewers
    – 2.5/5 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.8/2 F25-54, 0.5/1 M25-54)

    Elementary (S) (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.938 million viewers
    – 2.7/5 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

    NBC Nightly News (S) (NBC, 6:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.746 million viewers
    – 4.2/9 HH
    – 0.7/4 A18-49 (0.8/4 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.4/3 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 1.2/5 A25-54 (1.3/5 F25-54, 1.1/4 M25-54)

    NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights (S) (NBC, 8:00 PM, 192 min.)
    – 5.195 million viewers
    – 2.9/5 HH
    – 1.7/7 A18-49 (1.3/5 F18-49, 2.1/8 M18-49)
    – 1.4/7 A18-34 (1.1/6 F18-34, 1.6/8 M18-34)
    – 2.0/7 A25-54 (1.6/5 F25-54, 2.5/8 M25-54)

    Lucifer (Fox, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.580 million viewers
    – 1.6/3 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.8/3 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.7/2 M25-54)

    Lucifer (S) (Fox, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.256 million viewers
    – 1.4/3 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.8/2 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    Supergirl (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.569 million viewers
    – 1.0/2 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.5/2 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

    iZombie (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.737 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.2/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.2/1 A25-54 (0.2/1 F25-54, 0.2/1 M25-54)

    La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.377 million viewers
    – 0.7/1 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.436 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49

    Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 64 min.)
    – 1.346 million viewers
    – 0.7/1 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:04 PM, 56 min.)
    – 1.305 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49

    Fútbol: Partido Amistoso USA vs. Bolivia (S) (UniMás, 6:30 PM, 143 min.)
    – 0.610 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49

    Fútbol: Partido Amistoso Mexico vs. Gales (S) (UniMás, 8:53 PM, 136 min.)
    – 1.880 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49

    Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.324 million viewers
    – 0.8/2 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49
    – 0.2/1 A18-34

    Mi Familia Perfecta (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.941 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49
    – 0.3/1 A18-34

    Al Otro Lado Del Muro (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.052 million viewers
    – 0.6/1 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49
    – 0.3/1 A18-34

    El Señor de Los Cielos V (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.389 million viewers
    – 0.7/1 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49
    – 0.5/2 A18-34

    What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Monday, May 28 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    Casey Anthony’s Parents Speak (A&E, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 1.506 million viewers (#13)
    – 0.95 HH (#14)
    – 0.44 A18-49 (#13)
    – 0.28 A18-34 (#18)
    – 0.56 A25-54 (#11)

    Cults and Extreme Belief (A&E, 10:00 PM, 57 min.)
    – 0.893 million viewers (#39)
    – 0.58 HH (#33)
    – 0.23 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#73)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#29)

    Vanderpump Rules (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.748 million viewers (#44)
    – 0.51 HH (#41)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#29)
    – 0.21 A18-34 (#28)
    – 0.39 A25-54 (#22)

    Street Outlaws (DISC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 1.388 million viewers (#16)
    – 0.83 HH (#18)
    – 0.52 A18-49 (#9)
    – 0.33 A18-34 (#14)
    – 0.68 A25-54 (#8)

    American Chopper (DISC, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
    – 1.334 million viewers (#17)
    – 0.81 HH (#21)
    – 0.47 A18-49 (#11)
    – 0.27 A18-34 (#19)
    – 0.61 A25-54 (#10)

    MLB Monday Night – Early San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (ESPN, 7:24 PM, 254 min.)
    – 0.530 million viewers (#78)
    – 0.35 HH (#73)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#71)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#80)
    – 0.17 A25-54 (#77)

    Frisbee Pittsburgh/North Carolina (ESPNU, Mon. 5/28/18 3:00 PM, 137 min.)
    – 0.041 million viewers (#2306)
    – 0.020 million adults 18-49 (0.02 A18-49 rating) (#2058)

    Frisbee Colorado/Dartmouth (ESPNU, Mon. 5/28/18 5:17 PM, 116 min.)
    – 0.046 million viewers (#2258)
    – 0.022 million adults 18-49 (0.02 A18-49 rating) (#1995)

    Best Baker in America 2 (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.195 million viewers (#23)
    – 0.75 HH (#22)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#32)
    – 0.24 A18-34 (#25)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#29)

    Chopped (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.950 million viewers (#32)
    – 0.60 HH (#32)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#32)
    – 0.20 A18-34 (#33)
    – 0.32 A25-54 (#35)

    Tucker Carlson Special (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.634 million viewers (#10)
    – 1.07 HH (#10)
    – 0.13 A18-49 (#87)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#89)
    – 0.22 A25-54 (#56)

    Hannity Special (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.476 million viewers (#15)
    – 1.02 HH (#13)
    – 0.11 A18-49 (#98)
    – 0.06 A18-34 (#95)
    – 0.19 A25-54 (#71)

    International Friendly USA vs. Bolivia (FS1, 6:30 PM, 145 min.)
    – 0.445 million viewers (#81)
    – 0.23 HH (#90)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#57)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#62)
    – 0.22 A25-54 (#56)

    Love It or List It (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.900 million viewers (#7)
    – 1.20 HH (#7)
    – 0.40 A18-49 (#15)
    – 0.20 A18-34 (#33)
    – 0.52 A25-54 (#12)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.899 million viewers (#8)
    – 1.24 HH (#6)
    – 0.35 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#41)
    – 0.46 A25-54 (#15)

    House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.782 million viewers (#9)
    – 1.17 HH (#9)
    – 0.31 A18-49 (#27)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#45)
    – 0.42 A25-54 (#20)

    Forged in Fire (HIST, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.181 million viewers (#24)
    – 0.66 HH (#28)
    – 0.34 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.20 A18-34 (#33)
    – 0.43 A25-54 (#18)

    Six (HIST, 10:00 PM, 62 min.)
    – 0.927 million viewers (#35)
    – 0.57 HH (#36)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#39)
    – 0.06 A18-34 (#95)
    – 0.32 A25-54 (#35)

    Dead of Night (ID, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.014 million viewers (#25)
    – 0.69 HH (#26)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#84)
    – 0.31 A25-54 (#38)

    Dead North (ID, 9:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 1.256 million viewers (#19)
    – 0.84 HH (#17)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#36)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#67)
    – 0.39 A25-54 (#22)

    Movie-Original Premiere Girl in the Bunker (LIF, 8:00 PM, 125 min.)
    – 1.284 million viewers (#18)
    – 0.83 HH (#18)
    – 0.34 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.26 A18-34 (#21)
    – 0.44 A25-54 (#17)

    Lifetime Special Elizabeth Shoaf: The Girl in a Bunker (LIF, 10:05 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.905 million viewers (#36)
    – 0.58 HH (#33)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#36)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#41)
    – 0.33 A25-54 (#31)

    Rachel Maddow Special (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.532 million viewers (#12)
    – 1.05 HH (#11)
    – 0.14 A18-49 (#82)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#97)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#61)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Special (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.241 million viewers (#20)
    – 0.87 HH (#16)
    – 0.12 A18-49 (#95)
    – 0.04 A18-34 (#100)
    – 0.18 A25-54 (#72)

    Teen Mom II Season 8B (MTV, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 1.199 million viewers (#22)
    – 0.75 HH (#22)
    – 0.64 A18-49 (#8)
    – 0.63 A18-34 (#5)
    – 0.65 A25-54 (#9)

    Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (MTV, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.672 million viewers (#56)
    – 0.44 HH (#50)
    – 0.37 A18-49 (#18)
    – 0.37 A18-34 (#11)
    – 0.35 A25-54 (#28)

    Drain the Oceans Compilation (NGC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.632 million viewers (#62)
    – 0.39 HH (#61)
    – 0.12 A18-49 (#95)
    – 0.07 A18-34 (#90)
    – 0.18 A25-54 (#72)

    Syfy Original Movie Lake Placid: Legacy (SYFY, 9:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.616 million viewers (#65)
    – 0.38 HH (#62)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#71)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#84)
    – 0.20 A25-54 (#70)

    Who Do You Think You Are (TLC, 9:00 PM, 62 min.)
    – 0.988 million viewers (#28)
    – 0.71 HH (#24)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#71)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#97)
    – 0.24 A25-54 (#48)

    NBA Playoffs Pre-Game (TNT, 8:00 PM, 55 min.)
    – 3.188 million viewers (#2)
    – 1.92 HH (#2)
    – 1.08 A18-49 (#2)
    – 0.77 A18-34 (#3)
    – 1.21 A25-54 (#2)

    NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals Western Conference Game 7: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (TNT, 8:55 PM, 159 min.)
    – 14.810 million viewers (#1)
    – 8.10 HH (#1)
    – 5.69 A18-49 (#1)
    – 5.17 A18-34 (#1)
    – 6.02 A25-54 (#1)

    Seleccion Mexico Mexico vs. Gales (UDN, 8:53 PM, 135 min.)
    – 0.903 million viewers (#37)
    – 0.44 HH (#50)
    – 0.39 A18-49 (#16)
    – 0.35 A18-34 (#13)
    – 0.42 A25-54 (#20)

    WWE Raw (USA, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.593 million viewers (#3)
    – 1.52 HH (#3)
    – 0.80 A18-49 (#4)
    – 0.63 A18-34 (#5)
    – 0.97 A25-54 (#3)

    WWE Raw (USA, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.591 million viewers (#4)
    – 1.51 HH (#4)
    – 0.79 A18-49 (#5)
    – 0.66 A18-34 (#4)
    – 0.93 A25-54 (#5)

    WWE Raw (USA, 10:00 PM, 67 min.)
    – 2.300 million viewers (#5)
    – 1.39 HH (#5)
    – 0.71 A18-49 (#7)
    – 0.58 A18-34 (#8)
    – 0.84 A25-54 (#6)

    Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 7 (VH1, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.921 million viewers (#6)
    – 1.19 HH (#8)
    – 0.92 A18-49 (#3)
    – 0.85 A18-34 (#2)
    – 0.94 A25-54 (#4)

    Basketball Wives 7 (VH1, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.590 million viewers (#11)
    – 1.03 HH (#12)
    – 0.72 A18-49 (#6)
    – 0.59 A18-34 (#7)
    – 0.79 A25-54 (#7)

    Shaunie’s Home Court 1B (VH1, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.953 million viewers (#31)
    – 0.64 HH (#30)
    – 0.41 A18-49 (#14)
    – 0.33 A18-34 (#14)
    – 0.46 A25-54 (#15)

    Shaunie’s Home Court 1B (VH1, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.805 million viewers (#42)
    – 0.54 HH (#37)
    – 0.35 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.30 A18-34 (#16)
    – 0.38 A25-54 (#24)

    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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