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Monday Final Ratings: Warriors-Rockets on TNT Draws Best Start to an NBA Western Conference Finals Series in 16 Years

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 – the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets – averaged 8.8 million total viewers on Monday, May 14 to deliver the network’s most-watched WCF Game 1 of all time. The telecast is the most-viewed WCF Game 1 across any network since Lakers/Kings on NBC in 2002.

The network’s Warriors/Rockets telecast – peaking with an average of 10 million viewers from 10:45-11 p.m. ET – is up 38 percent over the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 (Cleveland/Boston, 6.4 million viewers; also on TNT) and 9 percent when compared with last year’s WCF Game 1 (Warriors/Spurs, 8.1 million viewers).

Monday night’s WCF Game 1 telecast was the #1 program of the night across all of television (cable and broadcast) and, including the “Inside the NBA” post-game show (3.0 overnight rating), delivered the top two programs of the night across all of cable television, based on metered markets.

TNT’s Warriors/Rockets telecast has generated double-digit increases across all core demos, including a 25 percent increase in adults 18-34 and 21 percent in males 18-34 vs. the 2017 NBA ECF Game 1 on TNT. Monday night’s WCF Game 1 is also up approximately 20 percent or higher over last year’s WCF Game 1.

Top local markets for Monday night’s Rockets/Warriors telecast – San Francisco (21.5 rating), Houston (14.7), New Orleans (11.6), Sacramento (10.8) and Birmingham (9.2).

(Source: Turner Sports)

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  • What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Monday, May 14:

    Dancing with the Stars: Athletes (ABC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 7.684 million viewers
    – 5.0/9 HH
    – 1.0/4 A18-49 (1.4/5 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.7/4 A18-34 (0.9/5 F18-34, 0.6/3 M18-34)
    – 1.4/5 A25-54 (1.9/6 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    The Crossing (ABC, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
    – 3.525 million viewers
    – 2.4/5 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.8/3 A25-54 (1.0/3 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

    The Big Bang Theory (RS) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.108 million viewers
    – 3.9/7 HH
    – 1.1/5 A18-49 (1.2/5 F18-49, 1.0/5 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.5/4 M18-34)
    – 1.7/6 A25-54 (2.0/7 F25-54, 1.5/6 M25-54)

    Man with a Plan (CBS, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 5.462 million viewers
    – 3.4/6 HH
    – 1.0/4 A18-49 (1.1/4 F18-49, 0.9/4 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 1.6/5 A25-54 (1.9/6 F25-54, 1.3/5 M25-54)

    Superior Donuts (CBS, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 4.675 million viewers
    – 3.0/5 HH
    – 0.9/3 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 0.8/3 M18-49)
    – 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.4/4 A25-54 (1.6/5 F25-54, 1.2/4 M25-54)

    The Big Bang Theory (R) (CBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 4.223 million viewers
    – 2.8/5 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49 (1.0/4 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.3/4 A25-54 (1.5/5 F25-54, 1.0/3 M25-54)

    Elementary (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 4.431 million viewers
    – 2.9/6 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 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)

    The Voice (NBC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 8.705 million viewers
    – 5.3/9 HH
    – 1.6/7 A18-49 (2.1/8 F18-49, 1.2/5 M18-49)
    – 1.0/5 A18-34 (1.3/6 F18-34, 0.7/4 M18-34)
    – 2.2/7 A25-54 (2.7/9 F25-54, 1.7/6 M25-54)

    Running Wild: Bear Grylls (NBC, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
    – 3.014 million viewers
    – 1.9/4 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
    – 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 1.0/3 A25-54 (1.2/4 F25-54, 0.8/3 M25-54)

    Lucifer (Fox, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.203 million viewers
    – 2.0/4 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49 (0.9/4 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.5/2 F18-34, 0.4/3 M18-34)
    – 1.1/4 A25-54 (1.2/4 F25-54, 1.0/4 M25-54)

    The Resident (Fox, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 4.289 million viewers
    – 2.7/5 HH
    – 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.2/4 F18-49, 0.6/3 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.7/3 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.5/4 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    Supergirl (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.534 million viewers
    – 1.0/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.5/2 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.6/2 A25-54 (0.5/2 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    iZombie (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.718 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.3/1 F18-49, 0.2/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.1/1 M18-34)
    – 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.3/1 M25-54)

    La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.590 million viewers
    – 0.8/2 HH
    – 0.6/3 A18-49

    El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.698 million viewers
    – 1.0/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.454 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.427 million viewers
    – 0.8/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (R) (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.531 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.1/1 A18-49

    Los Mosqueteros (UniMás, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.423 million viewers
    – 0.2/0 HH
    – 0.1/1 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (UniMás, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.416 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49

    Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 10:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.472 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49

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

    Mi Familia Perfecta (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.873 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49
    – 0.3/2 A18-34

    Al Otro Lado Del Muro (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.053 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.)
    – 1.696 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49
    – 0.7/4 A18-34

    What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Monday, May 14 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    The Terror (AMC, 9:00 PM, 80 min.)
    – 0.777 million viewers (#41)
    – 0.52 HH (#43)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#42)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#71)
    – 0.27 A25-54 (#38)

    Vanderpump Rules (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.462 million viewers (#15)
    – 1.03 HH (#14)
    – 0.62 A18-49 (#9)
    – 0.49 A18-34 (#12)
    – 0.78 A25-54 (#8)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.799 million viewers (#36)
    – 0.57 HH (#32)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#59)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#86)
    – 0.23 A25-54 (#52)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.769 million viewers (#44)
    – 0.56 HH (#35)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#59)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#86)
    – 0.23 A25-54 (#52)

    CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.726 million viewers (#50)
    – 0.53 HH (#41)
    – 0.16 A18-49 (#66)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#80)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#62)

    Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings Special (DISC, 9:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 1.090 million viewers (#22)
    – 0.71 HH (#22)
    – 0.39 A18-49 (#17)
    – 0.25 A18-34 (#23)
    – 0.50 A25-54 (#12)

    MLB Monday Night – Early Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals (ESPN, 7:00 PM, 162 min.)
    – 0.556 million viewers (#66)
    – 0.36 HH (#64)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#48)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#62)

    Best Baker in America 2 (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.915 million viewers (#29)
    – 0.57 HH (#32)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.21 A18-34 (#30)
    – 0.31 A25-54 (#32)

    Cake Masters (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.702 million viewers (#52)
    – 0.44 HH (#49)
    – 0.20 A18-49 (#48)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#38)
    – 0.24 A25-54 (#46)

    Dallas Cakes (FOOD, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.570 million viewers (#65)
    – 0.39 HH (#58)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#58)
    – 0.20 A25-54 (#65)

    Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.652 million viewers (#6)
    – 1.78 HH (#4)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#52)
    – 0.42 A25-54 (#17)

    Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.188 million viewers (#2)
    – 2.12 HH (#2)
    – 0.34 A18-49 (#20)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#44)
    – 0.55 A25-54 (#10)

    The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.829 million viewers (#4)
    – 1.92 HH (#3)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#58)
    – 0.48 A25-54 (#14)

    Love It or List It (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.227 million viewers (#19)
    – 0.81 HH (#18)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#38)
    – 0.38 A25-54 (#22)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.493 million viewers (#14)
    – 0.99 HH (#15)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.21 A18-34 (#30)
    – 0.37 A25-54 (#23)

    House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.455 million viewers (#16)
    – 0.98 HH (#16)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#24)
    – 0.20 A18-34 (#34)
    – 0.36 A25-54 (#25)

    American Pickers (HIST, 9:00 PM, 64 min.)
    – 1.321 million viewers (#17)
    – 0.86 HH (#17)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#31)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#44)
    – 0.39 A25-54 (#21)

    Pawn Stars (HIST, 10:04 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.194 million viewers (#21)
    – 0.77 HH (#21)
    – 0.23 A18-49 (#34)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#58)
    – 0.36 A25-54 (#25)

    Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.783 million viewers (#39)
    – 0.56 HH (#35)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#65)
    – 0.27 A25-54 (#38)

    Dead of Night (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.992 million viewers (#25)
    – 0.69 HH (#23)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#38)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#65)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#28)

    All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.793 million viewers (#13)
    – 1.27 HH (#12)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#42)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#80)
    – 0.31 A25-54 (#32)

    Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.105 million viewers (#9)
    – 1.44 HH (#8)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#52)
    – 0.37 A25-54 (#23)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.901 million viewers (#11)
    – 1.36 HH (#10)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#86)
    – 0.29 A25-54 (#37)

    Teen Mom II Season 8B (MTV, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 1.208 million viewers (#20)
    – 0.80 HH (#19)
    – 0.65 A18-49 (#8)
    – 0.72 A18-34 (#4)
    – 0.65 A25-54 (#9)

    Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (MTV, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.818 million viewers (#34)
    – 0.56 HH (#35)
    – 0.45 A18-49 (#11)
    – 0.53 A18-34 (#10)
    – 0.40 A25-54 (#19)

    NHL Conference Finals Western Conference Game 2: Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets (NBCSN, 8:01 PM, 170 min.)
    – 1.240 million viewers (#18)
    – 0.78 HH (#20)
    – 0.44 A18-49 (#13)
    – 0.37 A18-34 (#17)
    – 0.54 A25-54 (#11)

    Long Lost Family (TLC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.846 million viewers (#33)
    – 0.62 HH (#27)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#72)
    – 0.07 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.12 A25-54 (#85)

    NBA Playoffs Pre-Game (TNT, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.155 million viewers (#8)
    – 1.38 HH (#9)
    – 0.80 A18-49 (#7)
    – 0.65 A18-34 (#8)
    – 0.85 A25-54 (#7)

    NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals Western Conference Game 1: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (TNT, 9:00 PM, 149 min.)
    – 8.820 million viewers (#1)
    – 5.37 HH (#1)
    – 3.51 A18-49 (#1)
    – 3.22 A18-34 (#1)
    – 3.61 A25-54 (#1)

    WWE Raw (USA, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.903 million viewers (#3)
    – 1.76 HH (#5)
    – 0.95 A18-49 (#3)
    – 0.72 A18-34 (#4)
    – 1.07 A25-54 (#3)

    WWE Raw (USA, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.692 million viewers (#5)
    – 1.62 HH (#6)
    – 0.87 A18-49 (#5)
    – 0.69 A18-34 (#7)
    – 0.98 A25-54 (#5)

    WWE Raw (USA, 10:00 PM, 70 min.)
    – 2.628 million viewers (#7)
    – 1.58 HH (#7)
    – 0.87 A18-49 (#5)
    – 0.70 A18-34 (#6)
    – 0.99 A25-54 (#4)

    Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 7 (VH1, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.021 million viewers (#10)
    – 1.36 HH (#10)
    – 1.04 A18-49 (#2)
    – 0.98 A18-34 (#2)
    – 1.08 A25-54 (#2)

    Basketball Wives 7 (VH1, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.866 million viewers (#12)
    – 1.24 HH (#13)
    – 0.91 A18-49 (#4)
    – 0.83 A18-34 (#3)
    – 0.98 A25-54 (#5)

    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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