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Sunday Final Nationals: Spurs-Warriors Game 1 Scores Best ABC NBA Non-Finals Playoff Audience in Six Years

CBS and NBC spilt Sunday night victory. CBS was the night’s most-watched network with an average of 7.9 million viewers, as well as sharing the lead with NBC among adults 25-54 (1.3 rating/4.4 share). NBC led outright among adults 18-49 (1.0/4) and adults 18-34 (0.7/4).

In the afternoon, ABC’s telecast of Game 1 of the “2017 NBA Western Conference Finals” between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs delivered 8.13 million viewers on TV (182,000 on streaming). Although down 7 percent in viewership from 2016 West Finals Game 1 (Oklahoma City-Golden State TNT 8.71 million), Spurs-Warriors still ranked as the second most-watched West Finals opener in 15 years. It also was ABC’s most-watched NBA Playoff non-NBA Finals game since L.A. Lakers-Dallas Game 4 on May 8, 2011 (8.9 million).

Spurs-Warriors Game 1 was the highest-rated telecast on broadcast or cable for the entirety of Sunday, May 14 (daytime or prime time), across the majority of key demos, including males 18-34, males 18-49, males 25-54, adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

(Sources: ESPN, Sports Media Watch)

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Sunday, May 14, 2017
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 1.9/3 2760 0.6/3 0.8/3 1.0/3
7:00 World News Tonight (s) 1.1/3 1764 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
7:00 Once Upon a Time: The Final Battle Begins (s) 253 93 1.7/4 2815 0.6/4 0.8/4 1.0/4
8:00 Once Upon a Time (f) 253 93 1.8/3 2951 0.7/4 0.9/4 1.1/3
10:00 Match Game (s) 253 93 1.7/3 2587 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 4.9/10 7904 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.3/4
7:00 60 Minutes 254 93 6.2/14 9961 0.6/4 1.0/5 1.5/6
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (f) 254 93 5.7/11 9396 0.7/4 1.2/5 1.7/6
9:00 Madam Secretary 254 93 4.8/9 7832 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.2/4
10:00 Elementary 253 93 2.8/6 4425 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
7-11 Network Average 3.2/6 5350 1.0/4 1.3/4
7:00 Players Championship (s) 2.3/6 3690 0.6/4 0.8/4
7:13 Little Big Shots (r) 243 93 2.0/4 3523 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 Little Big Shots 246 93 4.2/8 7339 1.0/5 1.3/5 1.8/6
9:00 Chicago Justice 246 93 3.5/6 5725 0.7/4 1.1/4 1.4/4
10:00 Shades of Blue 246 93 3.0/6 4643 0.5/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-10 Network Average 1.4/3 2315 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
7:00 Bob’s Burgers (r) 255 93 0.5/1 853 0.3/2 0.3/1 0.4/1
7:30 The Simpsons (rs) 255 93 0.7/1 1090 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:00 Miss USA 2017 (s) 257 93 1.8/3 2986 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1253 0.4/2
7:00 Al Punto 0.5/1 906 0.3/1
8:00 El Chapo 0.8/1 1377 0.5/2
10:00 Aqui y Ahora 0.8/2 1353 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.5/1 1003 0.4/2
6:30 Liga MX: Cuartos de Final Atlas vs. Guadalajara 0.6/1 1184 0.5/3
9:05 Cine Colombiana (2011) (thru 11:05) 0.3/1 661 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.4/1 776 0.2/1 0.3/1
7:00 Cine Toy Story (1995) (preliminary) 0.3/1 448 0.2/1 0.2/1
7:30 Cine Fast Five (2011) (preliminary) 0.3/1 607 0.2/1 0.2/1
8:00 Cine Fast Five (2011) (preliminary) 0.4/1 815 0.3/1 0.3/1
9:00 Cine Fast Five (2011) (preliminary) 0.5/1 985 0.3/2 0.4/1
10:00 Don Francisco Te Invita (preliminary) 0.5/1 778 0.2/1 0.3/1

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Sunday 5/14/17

World News Tonight” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.1/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.2/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

Once Upon a Time: The Final Battle Begins” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 0.8/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/4

Once Upon a Time” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Match Game” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

60 Minutes” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/4
Women 18-49: 1.0/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/5

NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Madam Secretary” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Elementary” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Little Big Shots” (NBC, 8:00)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 1.4/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Chicago Justice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Shades of Blue” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Miss USA 2017” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Into the Badlands” (AMC)
0.94 household rating
1.562 million viewers
0.56 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.27
Men 18-34: 0.48
Women 18-49: 0.41
Men 18-49: 0.72

The Leftovers” (HBO)
0.54 household rating
0.919 million viewers
0.38 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.23
Men 18-34: 0.26
Women 18-49: 0.31
Men 18-49: 0.46

Silicon Valley” (HBO)
0.56 household rating
0.859 million viewers
0.47 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.22
Men 18-34: 0.45
Women 18-49: 0.29
Men 18-49: 0.64

Veep” (HBO)
0.41 household rating
0.619 million viewers
0.25 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.21
Men 18-49: 0.29

The White Princess” (Starz)
0.59 household rating
0.951 million viewers
0.27 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.09
Women 18-49: 0.34
Men 18-49: 0.20

American Gods” (Starz)
0.42 household rating
0.716 million viewers
0.28 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.09
Men 18-34: 0.14
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.32

Cable Rankings – Sunday 5/14/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Sunday, May 14:

* 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
44 94 AMERICAN PICKERS A&E 8:00 PM 60 897 0.17
33 68 AMERICAN PICKERS A&E 9:00 PM 61 1041 0.22
61 87 AMERICAN PICKERS A&E 10:01 PM 62 755 0.18
97 94 VENTURE BROTHERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 414 0.17
65 26 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:00 PM 30 741 0.35
46 16 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:30 PM 30 889 0.41
28 12 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1110 0.52
19 5 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1433 0.70
58 68 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 9:00 PM 60 784 0.22
15 9 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 10:00 PM 60 1562 0.56
87 87 RIVER MONSTERS APL 7:00 PM 60 530 0.18
81 83 RIVER MONSTERS APL 8:00 PM 60 603 0.19
57 57 RIVER MONSTERS APL 9:00 PM 65 807 0.24
83 83 RIVER MONSTERS APL 10:09 PM 60 564 0.19
68 57 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION BET 8:00 PM 178 694 0.24
18 11 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 1470 0.54
70 61 INVITE ONLY CABO BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 677 0.23
69 57 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 684 0.24
75 32 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: WE’RE THE MILLERS CMDY 7:25 PM 155 640 0.32
90 54 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: DUE DATE CMDY 10:00 PM 120 486 0.25
37 83 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 8:00 PM 60 985 0.19
39 61 PARTS UNKNOWN CNN 9:00 PM 60 957 0.23
48 68 UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA CNN 10:00 PM 60 871 0.22
48 44 NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 7:00 PM 120 871 0.28
7 7 NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 9:00 PM 61 1927 0.63
5 6 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 10:01 PM 61 2009 0.67
76 87 CHICKEN LITTLE DISJR 6:00 PM 85 637 0.18
78 87 MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER DISJR 7:25 PM 25 621 0.18
80 94 MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER DISJR 7:50 PM 25 608 0.17
38 61 DESCENDANTS DSNY 9:00 PM 125 967 0.23
91 78 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 8:00 PM 60 468 0.20
20 7 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 60 1373 0.63
98 94 WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ABBEY E! 10:00 PM 60 373 0.17
22 17 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN: DEREK JETER JERSEY RETIREMENT (0.74 HH, 0.36 A18-34) ESPN 6:30 PM 59 1250 0.40
6 9 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: HOUSTON @ N.Y. YANKEES (1.16 HH, 0.50 A18-34) ESPN 7:29 PM 240 1931 0.56
60 61 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 7:00 PM 60 781 0.23
35 44 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 60 991 0.28
23 23 IRON CHEF GAUNTLET FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1240 0.38
35 32 IRON CHEF AMERICA FOOD 10:00 PM 60 991 0.32
62 54 SUNDAY MOVIE: GREASE FRFM 6:10 PM 160 750 0.25
86 73 SUNDAY MOVIE: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA FRFM 8:50 PM 160 541 0.21
50 42 FX MOVIE PRIME: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FX 8:00 PM 180 868 0.29
94 78 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:29 PM 30 426 0.20
99 87 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:29 PM 30 364 0.18
8 78 GOOD WITCH HALL 9:00 PM 60 1875 0.20
59 50 JASON BOURNE HBO 6:50 PM 123 782 0.26
85 73 BREAK HBO 8:53 PM 9 542 0.21
42 23 THE LEFTOVERS HBO 9:02 PM 55 919 0.38
51 14 SILICON VALLEY HBO 10:01 PM 29 859 0.47
79 54 VEEP HBO 10:32 PM 29 619 0.25
10 17 FIXER UPPER HGTV 7:00 PM 60 1707 0.40
14 28 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1576 0.34
13 26 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1639 0.35
11 17 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1706 0.40
12 17 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1667 0.40
9 17 ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1856 0.40
16 31 ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1504 0.33
63 44 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 7:00 PM 60 745 0.28
43 28 FORGED IN FIRE AC HIST 8:00 PM 183 901 0.34
55 61 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 7:00 PM 60 820 0.23
56 61 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 8:00 PM 60 812 0.23
52 48 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 9:00 PM 60 852 0.27
27 23 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 10:00 PM 60 1144 0.38
54 50 MOVIE- ACQUIRED PREM: THE GOOD NANNY LIF 8:00 PM 122 821 0.26
88 94 MARY KILLS PEOPLE LIF 10:02 PM 60 513 0.17
21 15 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 2: NASHVILLE @ ANAHEIM (0.76 HH, 0.41 A18-34) NBCSN 7:33 PM 171 1265 0.45
95 83 NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALS (0.24 HH, 0.17 A18-34) NBCSN 10:24 PM 66 423 0.19
24 28 WICKED TUNA NGC 9:00 PM 60 1183 0.34
30 73 THUNDERMANS NICK 7:00 PM 30 1065 0.21
31 73 THUNDERMANS NICK 7:30 PM 30 1054 0.21
29 61 GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:00 PM 60 1079 0.23
32 32 NICK AT NITE MOVIE: ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS NAN 9:00 PM 120 1046 0.32
93 87 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 8:00 PM 60 443 0.18
92 94 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 10:00 PM 60 463 0.17
40 48 THE WHITE PRINCESS STARZ 8:01 PM 56 951 0.27
66 44 AMERICAN GODS STARZ 9:01 PM 59 716 0.28
77 78 SYFY MOVIE: TROY SYFY 6:00 PM 180 627 0.20
34 37 SYFY MOVIE: MALEFICENT SYFY 9:00 PM 120 1017 0.31
89 87 TBS MOVIE SUNDAY: INTO THE WOODS TBS 5:15 PM 165 490 0.18
25 22 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1177 0.39
17 13 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1495 0.50
4 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2130 0.72
1 1 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2312 0.78
2 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2265 0.71
3 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2198 0.72
26 32 RETURN TO AMISH TLC 8:00 PM 124 1148 0.32
47 68 RETURN TO AMISH: CHARACTER TLC 10:04 PM 60 879 0.22
41 32 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: THE HELP TNT 8:00 PM 180 940 0.32
53 73 AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL TOON 7:00 PM 30 841 0.21
45 68 AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL TOON 7:30 PM 30 890 0.22
96 78 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 60 419 0.20
100 94 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 352 0.17
84 57 MODERN FAMILY USA 7:00 PM 30 547 0.24
72 50 MODERN FAMILY USA 7:30 PM 30 647 0.26
64 39 MODERN FAMILY USA 8:00 PM 30 743 0.30
67 37 MODERN FAMILY USA 8:30 PM 30 698 0.31
71 39 MODERN FAMILY USA 9:00 PM 30 663 0.30
72 39 MODERN FAMILY USA 9:30 PM 30 647 0.30
74 42 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:00 PM 30 646 0.29
82 50 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:30 PM 30 593 0.26

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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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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  • renamoretti1

    SoTB, any chance you’ll add the ratings to the article? Since Marc also didn’t report them… 🙂

  • rtz4567

    If possible, half-hours for the season finale of ABC’s OUAT, please.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Once Upon a Time (ABC, 5/14) in total viewers (adults 18-49 rating/share)

      8:00 3.042 million (0.9/4)
      8:30 2.878 million (0.9/3)
      9:00 2.951 million (0.9/3)
      9:30 2.934 million (0.9/3)

  • Charlie Fisher

    Any chance you can post the L+3’s for the Once Upon a Time finale? Thank you!

  • Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Sunday 5/14/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    OUAT: Final Battle …… 0.81 … 0.93
    Once Upon a Time ….. 0.90 … 1.25
    Match Game ………….. 0.62 … 0.73
    60 Minutes …………….. 1.00 … 1.07
    NCIS: Los Angeles ….. 1.16 … 1.53
    Madam Secretary ……. 0.75 … 1.11
    Elementary …………….. 0.57 … 1.00
    Little Big Shots-r …….. 0.70 … 0.71
    Little Big Shots ……….. 1.33 … 1.49
    Chicago Justice ……… 1.11 … 1.49
    Shades of Blue ……….. 0.86 … 1.35
    Bob’s Burgers-r ………. 0.30 … 0.32
    Simpsons-r …………….. 0.43 … 0.45
    Miss USA 2017 ……….. 0.79 … 0.83

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    Total Viewers (000)
    ………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    OUAT: Final Battle …. 2816 … 3128
    Once Upon a Time … 2953 … 3758
    Match Game ………… 2588 … 3091
    60 Minutes …………… 9962 .. 10371
    NCIS: Los Angeles … 9398 .. 11234
    Madam Secretary …. 7834 .. 10028
    Elementary …………… 4427 … 6431
    Little Big Shots-r …… 3524 … 3548
    Little Big Shots …….. 7340 … 8066
    Chicago Justice ……. 5725 … 7605
    Shades of Blue …….. 4643 … 6718
    Bob’s Burgers-r ……… 853 …. 890
    Simpsons-r ………….. 1090 … 1124
    Miss USA 2017 …….. 2986 … 3098