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Tuesday Final Nationals: ‘The Middle’ on ABC Rises to Six-Week Viewer-High with Season Finale

The season finales of “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” helped put CBS on top Tuesday night in total viewers (11.17 million). ESPN led among adults 18-49 (approx. 1.8 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.7 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 1.9 rating) with the “2017 NBA Draft Lottery” and Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 trouncing of the San Antonio Spurs in the “2017 NBA Western Conference Finals”.

The eighth season finale of ABC’s “The Middle” reached the series’ six-week high in total viewers with 5.27 million, and once again, ranked as Tuesday night’s top TV comedy.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Tuesday, May 16, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.1/4 3362 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
8:00 The Middle (f) 252 93 3.2/6 5267 0.7/4 1.2/5 1.7/6
8:30 American Housewife (f) 252 93 2.7/5 4393 0.6/3 1.2/5 1.5/5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat (f) 252 93 2.2/4 3553 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
9:30 Imaginary Mary 252 93 1.8/3 2800 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:00 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (f) 253 93 1.4/3 2079 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.0/13 11175 0.7/4 1.3/5 2.0/7
8:00 NCIS (f) 254 93 8.4/15 13330 0.7/4 1.5/6 2.4/8
9:00 Bull (f) 254 93 6.9/12 10973 0.7/4 1.3/5 2.0/6
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (f) 254 93 5.8/11 9221 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.7/6
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5981 0.7/4 1.2/5 1.6/5
8:00 The Voice 247 93 5.5/10 8653 0.9/5 1.5/7 2.1/7
9:00 Great News 247 93 2.2/4 3405 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
9:30 Great News 246 93 1.7/3 2567 0.3/1 0.6/2 0.8/3
10:00 Chicago Fire (f) 246 93 4.0/8 6303 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.7/6
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 1967 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 258 93 1.1/2 1653 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
8:31 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s) 257 93 0.9/2 1382 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 Prison Break 258 93 1.5/3 2412 0.8/4 0.9/4 1.0/3
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.1/2 1672 0.5/3 0.6/3 0.7/2
8:00 The Flash 247 90 1.6/3 2483 0.8/4 0.9/4 1.1/4
9:00 iZombie 247 90 0.6/1 862 0.3/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1701 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.8/2 1603 0.5/3
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion 0.8/2 1474 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.0/2 1824 0.6/2
10:02 La Piloto 1.0/2 1806 0.6/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.6/1 1054 0.4/1
7:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos (r) 0.4/1 700 0.2/1
7:55 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.7/1 1340 0.5/2
10:00 El Bienamado (thru 11:00) 0.2/0 456 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.6.1 1010 0.4/2 0.4/2
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.6/1 1002 0.3/2 0.4/2
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 967 0.4/2 0.4/1
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 1061 0.4/2 0.4/2

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Tuesday 5/16/17

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/5

American Housewife” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.4/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Imaginary Mary” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

NCIS” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Bull” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/8
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Great News” (NBC, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Great News” (NBC, 9:30)
Women 18-34: 0.3/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Chicago Fire” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 1.6/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 8:00)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 8:31)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Prison Break” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/5
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

The Flash” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/6
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

iZombie” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/2
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

Cable Rankings – Tuesday 5/16/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Tuesday, May 16:

* 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
60 68 HOARDERS AC A&E 8:00 PM 60 593 0.17
65 68 BORN THIS WAY A&E 9:00 PM 61 546 0.17
74 90 BORN THIS WAY A&E 10:01 PM 62 457 0.14
67 52 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 539 0.20
53 33 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 695 0.28
45 29 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 800 0.31
36 18 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 948 0.41
27 9 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1138 0.56
25 8 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1196 0.61
72 68 AMC MOVIE: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY AMC 7:00 PM 150 478 0.17
77 72 AMC MOVIE: AMC 9:30 PM 150 421 0.16
82 90 RIVER MONSTERS APL 9:00 PM 62 397 0.14
83 72 RIVER MONSTERS APL 10:02 PM 60 391 0.16
73 82 REBEL BET 10:00 PM 68 461 0.15
75 82 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 429 0.15
31 20 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1092 0.40
76 90 WHAT HAPPENS AT THE ABBEY BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 422 0.14
81 49 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 399 0.21
86 52 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 376 0.20
87 65 TOSH.O CMDY 9:00 PM 30 372 0.18
79 52 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 414 0.20
85 52 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 381 0.20
92 72 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 335 0.16
12 18 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 2071 0.41
8 15 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 2261 0.44
16 16 CNN TOWN HALL: WH CRISIS (1.36 HH, 0.27 A18-34) CNN 10:00 PM 60 2007 0.42
51 52 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 7:00 PM 120 713 0.20
14 10 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 9:00 PM 62 2034 0.55
28 29 COOPERS TREASURE DISC 10:02 PM 61 1130 0.31
43 52 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 821 0.20
49 52 ELENA OF AVALOR DISJR 8:30 PM 25 726 0.20
58 82 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:55 PM 25 622 0.15
61 90 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 9:20 PM 25 587 0.14
2 2 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY (2.09 HH, 1.23 A18-34) ESPN 8:29 PM 30 3224 1.33
1 1 NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 2: SAN ANTONIO @ GOLDEN STATE (3.51 HH, 2.06 A18-34) ESPN 8:59 PM 149 5775 2.18
57 52 CHOPPED JUNIOR FOOD 8:00 PM 60 638 0.20
48 45 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 729 0.22
46 39 CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 60 794 0.25
4 29 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2618 0.31
11 42 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2127 0.23
6 33 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2397 0.28
100 90 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 275 0.14
97 82 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:30 PM 30 292 0.15
66 72 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 545 0.16
68 72 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 532 0.16
38 52 FIXER UPPER HGTV 8:00 PM 60 934 0.20
21 26 FIXER UPPER HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1490 0.32
23 35 HOME TOWN HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1317 0.27
55 37 FORGED IN FIRE AC HIST 7:59 PM 61 640 0.26
22 13 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 9:00 PM 63 1318 0.50
40 24 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 10:03 PM 60 893 0.34
44 62 20/20 ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 804 0.19
34 45 MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE ID 9:00 PM 60 1027 0.22
33 32 LOVE KILLS ID 10:00 PM 60 1033 0.30
70 68 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 55 502 0.17
37 26 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 942 0.32
55 49 LWLA LT LIVE AFTERSHOW LIF 10:02 PM 30 640 0.21
80 90 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:32 PM 60 404 0.14
17 37 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1949 0.26
3 11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 3020 0.54
5 22 LAST WORD W/ L. O’DONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2481 0.38
71 26 CHALLENGE: INVASION REUNION MTV 8:00 PM 61 501 0.32
64 25 CHALLENGE: CHAMPS VS PROS MTV 9:01 PM 61 568 0.33
90 65 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 10:32 PM 30 342 0.18
30 20 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 3: ANAHEIM @ NASHVILLE (0.70 HH, 0.35 A18-34) NBCSN 8:01 PM 179 1095 0.40
39 82 GENIUS NGC 9:00 PM 60 928 0.15
26 45 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1194 0.22
29 45 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1127 0.22
35 39 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 959 0.25
54 62 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 684 0.19
52 49 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 703 0.21
50 39 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 716 0.25
62 90 IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 8:00 PM 60 579 0.14
18 14 IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 9:00 PM 60 1787 0.47
63 72 IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 10:00 PM 60 573 0.16
88 82 SPIKE TV MOVIE: THE HANGOVER SPIKE 8:00 PM 150 362 0.15
96 72 SPIKE TV MOVIE: THE HANGOVER SPIKE 10:30 PM 150 297 0.16
69 62 SYFY MOVIE: SALT SYFY 9:00 PM 120 521 0.19
24 16 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1202 0.42
20 12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1512 0.52
15 6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2028 0.71
7 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2311 0.78
10 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2174 0.79
13 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2046 0.76
42 65 LPBW: BACK TO THE FARM TLC 8:00 PM 60 831 0.18
19 23 LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD TLC 9:00 PM 63 1654 0.35
32 42 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS TLC 10:03 PM 62 1068 0.23
47 42 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: THE REPLACEMENTS TNT 8:00 PM 150 737 0.23
84 90 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: RUDY TNT 10:30 PM 150 390 0.14
99 90 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 8:00 PM 30 284 0.14
98 90 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 8:30 PM 30 290 0.14
94 82 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 9:00 PM 30 314 0.15
93 72 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 9:30 PM 30 328 0.16
59 100 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 613 0.13
9 7 WWE SMACKDOWN (1.29 HH, 0.54 A18-34) USA 8:00 PM 120 2175 0.68
41 35 TEAM NINJA WARRIOR (0.49 HH, 0.27 A18-34) USA 10:00 PM 61 848 0.27
95 82 T.I. AND TINY 6 VH1 8:00 PM 30 309 0.15
89 72 T.I. AND TINY 6 VH1 8:30 PM 30 346 0.16
91 72 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 6 VH1 9:00 PM 60 337 0.16
78 52 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 6 VH1 10:00 PM 60 419 0.20

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  • renamoretti1

    CBS towers over The Voice and a bunch of dwarf shows.

    Sadly, it’s not much to be proud about and bad news for TV that numbers are so low.

    Congrats to yet another season of being #1 to NCIS. Too bad the media continues to refuse to acknowledge your success…

    Rob Thomas’ iZombie delivers ridiculous ratings once again. But money needs to be funneled his way in Hollywood. 🙁

    Thus does Hollywood self-destruct.

  • Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Tuesday 5/16/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    The Middle …………….. 1.21 … 1.55
    American Housewife .. 1.16 … 1.57
    Fresh Off the Boat …… 1.01 … 1.28
    Imaginary Mary ……….. 0.74 … 0.90
    Agents of SHIELD ……. 0.68 … 1.31
    NCIS ……………………… 1.45 … 2.01
    Bull ……………………….. 1.25 … 1.76
    NCIS: New Orleans …. 1.10 … 1.61
    The Voice ……………….. 1.52 … 1.78
    Great News-9:00 …….. 0.71 … 0.77
    Great News-9:30 …….. 0.58 … 0.64
    Chicago Fire …………… 1.27 … 2.00
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine …. 0.69 … 0.98
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine-s . 0.58 … 0.83
    Prison Break …………… 0.91 … 1.33
    The Flash ……………….. 0.95 … 1.55
    iZombie ………………….. 0.33 … 0.55

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    The Middle ……………. 5196 … 6453
    American Housewife . 4326 … 5426
    Fresh Off the Boat ….. 3495 … 4232
    Imaginary Mary ……… 2744 … 3210
    Agents of SHIELD ….. 2033 … 3531
    NCIS ………………….. 13192 .. 15946
    Bull ……………………. 10851 .. 13618
    NCIS:New Orleans … 9110 .. 12005
    The Voice …………….. 8598 … 9521
    Great News-9:00 …… 3337 … 3561
    Great News-9:30 …… 2486 … 2688
    Chicago Fire …………. 6254 … 9214
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine .. 1642 … 2166
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine .. 1361 … 1838
    Prison Break …………. 2389 … 3310
    The Flash ……………… 2483 … 3869
    iZombie ………………….. 862 … 1297

  • renamoretti1

    That the #1 show on the whole planet and on this country for over ten years is not acknowledged in the media does say a LOT about how out of touch, elitist (what they think of as “elite” – I disagree) and prejudices the Hollywood media is. 🙁

    Sorry I can’t get into the spirit of your joke. 🙂