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Monday Final Nationals: Wizards-Celtics Game 7 on TNT Draws Best NBA Conference Semifinal Cable Audience in Five Years

NBC (7.69 million) eked by ABC (7.66 million) to become Monday night’s most-watched network.

TNT dominated in prime time demos — adults 18-49 (approx. 2.5 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 2.3 rating), and adults 25-54 (approx. 2.6 rating) — with Washington-Boston Game 7 in the second round of the “2017 NBA Playoffs”. With an average of 6.8 million viewers, Game 7 ranks as the most-watched telecast for either a first-round or second-round NBA playoff game on cable since ESPN’s Miami-Indiana Game 6 on May 24, 2012 (6.9 million).

In their respective markets, Boston (18.1 local household rating) and Washington D.C. (10.9 rating) delivered record highs for NBA on TNT telecasts.

(Sources: Turner Sports, Sports Media Watch)

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Monday, May 15, 2017
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.0/9 7657 0.8/4 1.2/4 1.6/5
8:00 Dancing with the Stars 252 93 6.6/12 10065 1.0/5 1.5/6 2.0/6
10:01 Quantico 260 93 1.9/4 2718 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6300 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.7/5
8:00 Big Bang Theory (rs) 253 93 3.8/7 6035 0.6/3 1.1/5 1.7/6
8:30 Man with a Plan (f) 253 93 3.6/6 5733 0.5/3 1.1/4 1.7/5
9:00 Big Bang Theory (rs) 253 93 3.5/6 5563 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.8/5
9:30 Kevin Can Wait (rs) 253 93 3.0/5 4680 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.5/4
10:00 Scorpion (f) 253 93 5.1/10 7893 0.7/3 1.2/5 1.8/6
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.8/9 7693 0.9/4 1.5/6 2.1/7
8:00 The Voice 247 93 5.6/10 9112 1.0/5 1.8/7 2.5/8
10:01 The Wall 247 93 3.2/6 4854 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.9/3 3011 0.5/3 0.9/3 1.1/3
8:00 Gotham 257 93 1.8/3 2977 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
9:01 Lucifer 257 93 2.0/3 3046 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.9/2 1346 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/2
8:00 Supergirl 247 90 1.2/2 1929 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
9:00 Jane the Virgin 247 90 0.5/1 763 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1533 0.5/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1647 0.5/3
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion 0.8/1 1367 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.0/2 1656 0.6/2
10:01 La Piloto 0.9/2 1575 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.5/1 1071 0.4/1
7:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos (r) 0.4/1 629 0.2/1
7:55 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.7/1 1314 0.4/2
10:00 El Bienamado (thru 11:00) 0.3/1 554 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.5/1 935 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.6/1 980 0.3/1 0.3/1
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 874 0.3/1 0.4/1
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 953 0.3/1 0.4/1

Note: All of this date’s Telemundo data are based on preliminary figures.

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Monday 5/15/17

Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Quantico” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/1

Man with a Plan” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Scorpion” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.3/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.3/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The Wall” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Gotham” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Lucifer” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Supergirl” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Jane the Virgin” (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

Better Call Saul” (AMC)
1.06 household rating
1.715 million viewers
0.63 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.26
Men 18-34: 0.52
Women 18-49: 0.44
Men 18-49: 0.83

Cable Rankings – Monday 5/15/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Monday, May 15:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No. = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No. = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No.* D-No.* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
79 78 FIRST 48 AC A&E 8:00 PM 243 479 0.16
75 49 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 537 0.23
69 35 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 591 0.28
50 26 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 775 0.35
39 23 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 951 0.41
36 17 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1074 0.49
28 15 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1188 0.59
77 73 AMC MOVIE: JURASSIC PARK III AMC 6:53 PM 120 502 0.17
18 13 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 10:00 PM 65 1715 0.63
30 18 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 61 1163 0.48
59 38 SOUTHERN CHARM SAVANNAH BRAVO 10:01 PM 60 698 0.26
94 56 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 340 0.21
89 56 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 354 0.21
95 73 TOSH.O CMDY 9:00 PM 30 326 0.17
95 73 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 326 0.17
99 88 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 283 0.15
97 73 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 313 0.17
16 20 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1888 0.44
23 29 CNN NANCY PELOSI TOWN HALL (1.04 HH, 0.17 A18-34) CNN 9:00 PM 60 1510 0.32
24 28 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1504 0.33
14 9 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 9:00 PM 61 2110 0.89
32 22 VEGAS RAT RODS DISC 10:01 PM 61 1144 0.42
53 68 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 739 0.18
60 78 ELENA OF AVALOR DISJR 8:30 PM 25 689 0.16
65 88 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:55 PM 25 607 0.15
66 78 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 9:20 PM 25 601 0.16
71 94 PJ MASKS DISJR 9:45 PM 25 577 0.14
47 88 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:00 PM 30 796 0.15
91 88 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 10:01 PM 61 351 0.15
87 78 SPORTSCENTER LATE (0.27 HH, 0.16 A18-34) ESPN 10:45 PM 75 396 0.16
68 61 KIDS BBQ CHAMPION 2 FOOD 8:00 PM 60 593 0.19
62 56 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 60 675 0.21
54 44 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 30 734 0.25
51 38 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 30 766 0.26
7 38 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2678 0.26
10 38 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2448 0.26
9 44 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2464 0.25
88 61 YOUNG & HUNGRY FRFM 8:00 PM 31 372 0.19
82 52 BABY DADDY FRFM 8:31 PM 31 456 0.22
86 68 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: THE PROPOSAL FRFM 9:02 PM 118 406 0.18
42 33 FX MOVIE PRIME: BATTLESHIP FX 8:00 PM 180 899 0.29
83 94 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 434 0.14
72 61 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 576 0.19
85 78 MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST HBO 10:00 PM 82 409 0.16
41 49 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 8:00 PM 30 915 0.23
38 47 TINY HOUSE BIG LIVING HGTV 8:30 PM 30 985 0.24
35 47 TINY HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1078 0.24
31 37 TINY HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1159 0.27
22 33 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1587 0.29
25 32 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1483 0.30
34 78 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1088 0.16
19 44 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 63 1658 0.25
26 31 PAWN STARS HIST 10:03 PM 30 1356 0.31
29 38 PAWN STARS HIST 10:33 PM 30 1183 0.26
54 61 KILLER IN THE SUN ID 8:00 PM 60 734 0.19
45 68 DATELINE ON ID ID 9:00 PM 60 819 0.18
40 56 REAL STORY W/ MARIA ELENA ID 10:00 PM 60 929 0.21
13 35 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 2132 0.28
2 16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 3140 0.50
11 27 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2311 0.34
100 94 TEEN MOM SSN 6B MTV 8:00 PM 60 280 0.14
37 14 TEEN MOM SSN 6B MTV 9:00 PM 61 1047 0.60
73 29 TEEN MOM SSN 6B AFTER MTV 10:01 PM 31 567 0.32
90 68 MY SUPER SWEET 16 S10 MTV 10:32 PM 30 352 0.18
17 12 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 2: OTTAWA @ PITTSBURGH (1.04 HH, 0.54 A18-34) NBCSN 8:03 PM 163 1737 0.67
76 52 NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALS (0.33 HH, 0.19 A18-34) NBCSN 10:46 PM 74 506 0.22
27 52 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1222 0.22
33 61 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1118 0.19
46 56 FULL HOUSE NICKA 9:00 PM 30 806 0.21
58 61 FULL HOUSE NICKA 9:30 PM 30 713 0.19
63 61 FULL HOUSE NICKA 10:00 PM 30 666 0.19
56 52 FULL HOUSE NICKA 10:30 PM 30 724 0.22
57 94 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 723 0.14
52 94 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 746 0.14
78 88 COPS (O) SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 498 0.15
69 73 COPS SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 591 0.17
80 78 COPS (O) SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 471 0.16
80 78 COPS SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 471 0.16
84 94 COPS (O) SPIKE 10:30 PM 30 416 0.14
61 49 SYFY MOVIE: MALEFICENT SYFY 7:00 PM 120 686 0.23
67 94 SYFY MOVIE: SEVENTH SON SYFY 9:00 PM 122 599 0.14
48 23 FAMILY GUY TBS 8:00 PM 30 791 0.41
49 23 FAMILY GUY TBS 8:30 PM 30 785 0.41
44 21 FAMILY GUY TBS 9:00 PM 30 834 0.43
43 19 FAMILY GUY TBS 9:30 PM 60 877 0.47
74 38 ANGIE TRIBECA TBS 10:30 PM 30 552 0.26
64 68 MY BABY WEIGHS 47 POUNDS TLC 10:00 PM 60 643 0.18
5 4 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 13 2756 1.03
1 1 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2 GAME 7: WASHINGTON @ BOSTON (4.15 HH, 2.48 A18-34) TNT 8:13 PM 157 6800 2.70
3 2 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:50 PM 50 2956 1.28
92 78 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 346 0.16
93 78 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 343 0.16
98 88 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 30 299 0.15
4 5 WWE RAW (1.68 HH, 0.86 A18-34) USA 8:00 PM 60 2884 1.02
6 7 WWE RAW (1.63 HH, 0.81 A18-34) USA 9:00 PM 60 2724 0.94
8 6 WWE RAW (1.57 HH, 0.84 A18-34) USA 10:00 PM 69 2645 0.96
12 3 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 6 VH1 8:00 PM 60 2291 1.18
15 8 BASKETBALL WIVES 6 VH1 9:00 PM 60 1910 0.92
21 10 T.I. AND TINY 6 VH1 10:00 PM 30 1608 0.76
20 11 T.I. AND TINY 6 VH1 10:30 PM 30 1612 0.73

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  • renamoretti1

    Quantico has to have broken some sort of record for lack of retention.

    Another ratings gift from Channing Dungey’s flop renewals strategy…

    • The decision to renew ratings-challenged series Quantico, OUAT and Agents of SHIELD seems to have come from above Dungey and moreso from the Mickey Mouse execs eyeing international money from these shows apparently.

      • renamoretti1

        Thanks for the insight. 🙂

        And apologies for the late response.

        To me, if this is true, then what is she doing in the job? If she doesn’t pick shows, what is she doing? Acting like a rod for the bad decisions of her higher-ups? Serving as a flower pot to look pretty at press gatherings?

        As for the international money. there is not much of it for flops, which is what those shows are.

        On the other hand, I am sure that the syndication arm is clamoring for long-length shows, even if they have to sell them for a few thousands per episode per market as it serves to keep their cushy jobs going (which is sadly the only thing all of corporate Hollywood seems to focus on these days).

        • Dungey manages the ABC schedule and oversees development. But she also has to be aware of Disney’s bottom line and if the higher-ups indicate those low-rated shows on our shores are somehow generating money abroad, she can’t ignore it. ABC is clearly in partnership with Marvel so expect more joint programming there despite none of them achieving major-hit status.

          To her credit, she rightly moved those programs to the lowly rated Friday night. OUAT isn’t long for the airwaves anyway so moving it was just buying time to develop other series — rather that than debut a new show that isn’t ready to air yet or hadn’t tested well enough for ABC.

          But you’re also missing the bigger plus with an installed Dungey: she has abandoned the direction Paul Lee was setting for the network, especially for dramas. We’re not going to see shows like Of Kings and Prophets or Wicked City get approved. Their proverbial drama cupboard is bare at the moment (Paul certainly the culprit there!) so perhaps that may have also played a part in the questionable renewals.

          Remember — even the brilliant Les Moonves didn’t turn CBS around overnight. It took the acquisition of the NFL in 1998, the building of Monday nights as formidable and the arrival of hits Survivor and CSI in 2000 to get the network to finally emerge on top in 2002.

  • Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Monday 5/15/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Dancing/Stars …………. 1.46 … 1.75
    Quantico ………………… 0.59 … 0.88
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 1.10 … 1.15
    Man with a Plan ………. 1.08 … 1.23
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 1.13 … 1.16
    Kevin Can Wait-r ……… 1.03 … 1.06
    Scorpion ………………… 1.22 … 1.86
    The Voice ……………….. 1.80 … 2.13
    The Wall …………………. 1.04 … 1.18
    Gotham ………………….. 0.92 … 1.42
    Lucifer ……………………. 0.79 … 1.31
    Supergirl …………………. 0.51 … 0.85
    Jane the Virgin …………. 0.24 … 0.43

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Dancing/Stars ………. 10067 .. 11277
    Quantico ………………… 2719 … 3694
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 6036 … 6246
    Man with a Plan ………. 5735 … 6506
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 5564 … 5788
    Kevin Can Wait-r …….. 4681 … 4829
    Scorpion ……………….. 7894 .. 10515
    The Voice ………………. 9112 .. 10417
    The Wall ………………… 4854 … 5400
    Gotham …………………. 2976 … 4138
    Lucifer …………………… 3046 … 4595
    Supergirl ……………….. 1929 … 2846
    Jane the Virgin …………. 763 … 1168

  • Eric N

    Loud House 5:30-6:00pm please?

    • Loud House (Nickelodeon, 5/15 5:30-6:00 p.m.)
      – 1.762 million viewers
      – 0.32 adults 18-49 rating