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Saturday Final Nationals: ‘SNL’ with Dwayne Johnson and Katy Perry on NBC Registers Best Season Finale Viewership in Six Years

ESPN led Saturday prime time among total viewers (approx. 4.7 million), adults 18-49 (approx. 1.6 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.5 rating), and adults 25-54 (approx. 1.7 rating), thanks primarily to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs in the “2017 NBA Playoffs.”

In late night for most of the country (prime time in the Mountain and West time zones), NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with musical guest Katy Perry, averaged 8.272 million viewers overall and a 2.32 rating in adults 18-49 in “fast official” “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research. Among adults 18-49, it was the highest-rated telecast on a broadcast network for the week of May 15-21. The 42nd season finale featured guest stars Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks and was the final episode for cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.

The 8.272 million is “Saturday’s Night Live’s” biggest overall audience for a season finale since May 21, 2011 (with host Justin Timberlake and musical guest Lady Gaga, 9.818 million). In 18-49, it’s the top-rated “SNL” season-closer since May 18, 2013 (with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West, 2.37).

In Live+Same Day, “SNL” this season has averaged a 2.17 rating in 18-49 and 7.495 million viewers overall, and in Live+Seven Day, “SNL” grew to a 3.48 in 18-49 and 10.880 million viewers.

(Source: NBC)

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Saturday, May 20, 2017
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.7/4 2560 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.6/2
8:00 American Housewife (rs) 252 92 1.0/2 1450 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/2
8:30 Downward Dog (rs) 253 93 0.9/2 1311 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 20/20 Saturday (rs) 253 93 2.0/4 2911 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:00 20/20 Saturday (r) 260 93 2.3/5 3388 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.8/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.9/4 2890 0.2/1 0.3/2 0.5/2
8:00 Crimetime Saturday NCIS: New Orleans (r) 254 93 2.1/5 3219 0.2/1 0.3/2 0.5/2
9:00 Training Day (f) 253 93 1.7/3 2602 0.1/1 0.3/1 0.4/2
10:00 48 Hours 253 93 2.0/4 2849 0.2/1 0.4/2 0.6/2
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.3/3 2250 0.7/3 0.8/3
7:08 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals Game 5: Nashville @ Anaheim (s) 244 93 1.4/3 2352 0.5/3 0.6/3 0.8/3
10:16 Saturday Night Live 1996: Jim Carrey/Soundgarden (r) 244 93 1.5/3 2428 0.4/3 0.8/3 1.0/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.4/3 2070 0.4/2 0.5/2
7:00 Fox Saturday Baseball Texas @ Detroit or L.A. Angels @ N.Y. Mets or
San Francisco @ St. Louis (thru 10:49)
1.5/3 2320 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:53 Fox Saturday Baseball Bonus L.A. Angels @ N.Y. Mets (thru 10:28) 109 34 0.5/1 827 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.5/1 848 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
7:00 Como Dice El Dicho 0.5/1 865 0.2/2 0.3/2 0.3/1
8:00 Gran Estreno Canela 0.4/1 813 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
10:00 Crónicas de Sábado 0.5/1 916 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 611 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
6:04 Cine The Proposition 0.1/0 269 0.1/1 0.1/1 0.1/1
8:04 Cine El Bolero de Raquel 0.4/1 666 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
10:04 Los Mosqueteros (thru 11:08) 0.2/0 493 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.2/0 449 0.1/1 0.1/1
8:00 Cine I, Frankenstein (2014) (preliminary) 0.3/1 685 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 Guerra de Idolos (preliminary) 0.2/0 386 0.1/1 0.1/1
10:00 Guerra de Idolos (preliminary) 0.2/0 275 0.1/1 0.1/0

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Saturday 5/20/17

Training Day” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.1/1
Men 18-34: 0.1/1
Women 18-49: 0.2/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

48 Hours” (CBS, 10:00)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.3/2

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Final Game 5: Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.3/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 0.5/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/4

MLB Baseball: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ New York Mets” (Fox, 9:53-10:28)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.2/1
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

The Son” (AMC)
Women 18-34: 0.09
Men 18-34: 0.08
Women 18-49: 0.11
Men 18-49: 0.17

For the entire week of May 15-21, 2017 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is down -4 percent in viewership (0.784 million vs. 0.819 million) and down -4 percent among Adults 18-49 (473,000 vs. 492,000) from one week earlier; the network is also down -24 percent in viewership (0.784 million vs. 1.036 million) and down -21 percent among Adults 18-49 (473,000 vs. 601,000) from the same week one year ago (May 16-22, 2016). (http://programminginsider.com/?p=17143)







Adult Swim PROGRAM HH Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
8:00 Dragon Ball Super 0.54 880 0.33 428
8:30 Bob’s Burgers (r) 0.46 772 0.29 375
9:00 Rick & Morty (r) 0.49 860 0.34 434
9:30 Rick & Morty (r) 0.56 940 0.41 530
ProgrammingInsider.com
10:00 Family Guy (r) 0.75 1253 0.56 718
10:30 Family Guy (r) 0.97 1614 0.70 894

Programming Insider TOONAMI – SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017










Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
11:00 Samurai Jack 1458 0.67 865
11:30 Dragon Ball Super (r) 1147 0.52 662
12:00a Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters 1026 0.48 615
12:30a Attack on Titan 833 0.37 473
1:00a Tokyo Ghoul 649 0.30 383
ProgrammingInsider.com
1:30a Hunter X Hunter 583 0.26 333
2:00a Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 504 0.22 285
2:30a Naruto: Shippuden 482 0.21 264
3:00a Ghost in the Shell (r) 405 0.17 233






Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
3:30a Bob’s Burgers (r) 426 0.19 245
4:00a Rick & Morty (r) 458 0.19 250
4:30a Rick & Morty (r) 475 0.21 270
ProgrammingInsider.com
5:00a King of the Hill (r) 543 0.25 325
5:30a King of the Hill (r) 551 0.25 327

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Cable Rankings – Saturday 5/20/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Saturday, May 20:

* 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
66 47 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 8:00 PM 30 618 0.21
72 57 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 8:30 PM 30 592 0.19
47 24 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:00 PM 30 810 0.27
39 28 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 31 895 0.25
38 28 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:01 PM 31 896 0.25
36 24 LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:32 PM 31 912 0.27
40 14 DRAGON BALL SUPER ADSM 8:00 PM 30 880 0.33
50 18 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 772 0.29
44 13 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:00 PM 30 860 0.34
34 10 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:30 PM 30 940 0.41
23 6 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1253 0.56
11 2 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1614 0.70
41 55 AMC MOVIE: TOMBSTONE AMC 6:00 PM 180 876 0.20
22 83 THE SON AMC 9:00 PM 60 1261 0.14
76 60 DOCTOR WHO BBCA 9:00 PM 65 565 0.18
92 89 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: FRUITVALE STATION BET 8:00 PM 100 445 0.13
96 89 K.HART: SERIOUSLY FUNNY BET 9:40 PM 80 334 0.13
54 60 COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP: JEFF DUNHAM: ALL OVER THE MAP CMDY 7:55 PM 65 746 0.18
85 43 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: JOE DIRT CMDY 9:00 PM 120 513 0.22
32 47 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 8:00 PM 60 944 0.21
53 55 SEVENTIES CNN 9:00 PM 60 750 0.20
48 77 SEVENTIES CNN 10:00 PM 60 780 0.15
68 67 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 8:00 PM 180 611 0.17
56 47 MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER DISJR 8:00 PM 25 719 0.21
63 60 MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER DISJR 8:25 PM 25 658 0.18
70 70 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:50 PM 25 602 0.16
88 89 PJ MASKS DISJR 9:15 PM 25 485 0.13
65 100 LAB RATS: ELITE FORCE DSNY 8:30 PM 30 652 0.12
30 57 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2010 DSNY 9:00 PM 100 1021 0.19
37 70 ANDI MACK DSNY 10:40 PM 25 901 0.16
14 9 NBA PRE-GAME (0.93 HH, 0.42 A18-34) ESPN 8:00 PM 59 1431 0.47
1 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE @ SAN ANTONIO (3.71 HH, 1.96 A18-34) ESPN 8:59 PM 154 6332 2.13
90 89 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGIONALS: CALIFORNIA / NOTRE DAME (0.26 HH, 0.12 A18-34) ESPN2 7:45 PM 71 470 0.13
91 83 SOFTBALL BASES LOADED (0.24 HH, 0.13 A18-34) ESPN2 8:56 PM 50 457 0.14
74 83 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGIONALS: OKLAHOMA / ARKANSAS (0.32 HH, 0.10 A18-34) ESPN2 9:46 PM 124 570 0.14
62 38 CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 8:00 PM 60 667 0.23
59 32 CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 9:00 PM 60 702 0.24
58 43 CHOPPED GRILL MASTERS FOOD 10:00 PM 60 713 0.22
8 77 WATTERS WORLD FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 1724 0.15
3 60 JUSTICE W/ JUDGE JEANINE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2154 0.18
10 60 GREG GUTFELD SHOW FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 1627 0.18
46 18 SATURDAY MOVIE: MONSTERS INC. FRFM 6:45 PM 130 837 0.29
28 12 SATURDAY MOVIE: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY FRFM 8:55 PM 150 1130 0.39
2 5 NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING: ALL-STAR RACE (1.63 HH, 0.39 A18-34) FS1 8:05 PM 115 2868 0.58
45 21 FX MOVIE PRIME: PROMETHEUS FX 8:00 PM 150 844 0.28
84 47 FX MOVIE PRIME: THE MAZE RUNNER FX 10:30 PM 150 523 0.21
82 38 FXX MOVIE PRIME: WHITE HOUSE DOWN FXX 8:00 PM 180 543 0.23
27 60 HALLMARK MOVIE: LOVE ON THE SIDELINES HALL 7:00 PM 120 1189 0.18
7 38 HALLMARK ORIGINAL MOVIE: THE ART OF US HALL 9:00 PM 120 1874 0.23
13 16 THE WIZARD OF LIES HBO 8:00 PM 133 1501 0.30
69 38 WCB: 5/20/17 (0.40 HH, 0.12 A18-34) HBO 10:16 PM 9 605 0.23
61 21 WCB: 5/20/17 BELTRAN / MAICELO (0.45 HH, 0.12 A18-34) HBO 10:25 PM 6 687 0.28
51 15 WCB: 5/20/17 (0.49 HH, 0.13 A18-34) HBO 10:31 PM 30 760 0.31
26 26 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1217 0.26
25 21 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENOVATION HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1218 0.28
19 18 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1346 0.29
31 43 EVIL IN DISGUISE ID 8:00 PM 60 971 0.22
43 57 PRESCRIPTION FOR MURDER ID 9:00 PM 60 869 0.19
35 47 FATAL VOWS ID 10:00 PM 60 913 0.21
64 70 MOVIE- ACQUIRED RPT: SECRETS OF MY STEPDAUGHTER LIF 8:00 PM 122 656 0.16
80 83 MOVIE- ACQUIRED RPT: BAD TWIN LIF 10:02 PM 120 553 0.14
52 77 MOVIE- LMN ACQUIRED PREM: SEDUCED BY A STRANGER LMN 8:00 PM 120 754 0.15
93 89 MARY KILLS PEOPLE LMN 10:00 PM 60 434 0.13
99 89 MTV MOVIES: BILLY MADISON MTV 8:00 PM 120 295 0.13
97 70 MTV MOVIES: THE LONGEST YARD MTV 10:00 PM 150 332 0.16
16 28 GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1398 0.25
12 32 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 30 1535 0.24
21 38 HENRY DANGER NICK 9:00 PM 30 1287 0.23
24 43 THUNDERMANS NICK 9:30 PM 30 1220 0.22
32 26 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 944 0.26
42 28 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 875 0.25
49 47 IYANLA, FIX MY LIFE OWN 9:00 PM 60 776 0.21
87 77 BOOK OF JOHN GRAY OWN 10:00 PM 60 487 0.15
89 89 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: 2017: RUSSELL JR. / ESCANDON (0.30 HH, 0.09 A18-34) SHO 8:51 PM 29 481 0.13
71 67 COPS SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 600 0.17
81 89 COPS SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 544 0.13
77 89 COPS SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 564 0.13
78 77 COPS SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 560 0.15
73 70 COPS (O) SPIKE 10:00 PM 30 579 0.16
83 83 COPS (O) SPIKE 10:30 PM 30 539 0.14
29 16 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1034 0.30
18 10 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1355 0.41
9 8 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1707 0.48
6 7 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1898 0.54
5 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1987 0.63
4 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1996 0.68
78 83 SAY YES TO THE DRESS: UK TLC 8:00 PM 60 560 0.14
55 67 NATE & JEREMIAH BY DESIGN TLC 9:00 PM 61 728 0.17
60 32 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE TNT 8:00 PM 135 694 0.24
86 60 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE TNT 10:15 PM 135 496 0.18
95 70 GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 8:00 PM 60 371 0.16
75 47 GHOST ADV POP-UPS TRAV 9:00 PM 60 569 0.21
67 70 DEAD FILES TRAV 10:00 PM 60 613 0.16
100 89 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 283 0.13
98 77 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 30 331 0.15
57 89 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 717 0.13
94 47 LIGA PREMIER DE ASCENSO: LOBOS BUAP / DORADOS DE SINALOA (0.18 HH, 0.17 A18-34) UDN 9:55 PM 132 390 0.21
15 32 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1406 0.24
17 32 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1364 0.24
20 32 NCIS USA 10:00 PM 60 1323 0.24

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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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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  • Sonic Paradox News

    Do you have the ratings for the 6pm and 6:30pm timeslots of Sonic Boom on Boomerang?

    • Sonic Boom (Boomerang, 5/20 6:00-6:30 p.m.)
      – 75,000 viewers
      – 0.02 adults 18-49 rating

      Sonic Boom (Boomerang, 5/20 6:30-7:00 p.m.)
      – 53,000 viewers
      – 0.01 adults 18-49 rating

      • Sonic Paradox News

        Thank you!

      • crickets

        Have you got the +7 numbers for week 32’s episode of Agents of Shield?

  • Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Saturday 5/20/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Amer Housewife-r ….. 0.25 … 0.27
    Downward Dog-r ……. 0.25 … 0.29
    20/20 Saturday-r ……. 0.47 … 0.49
    20/20 Saturday-r ……. 0.49 … 0.53
    NCIS: New Orleans-r . 0.30 … 0.32
    Training Day …………… 0.27 … 0.39
    48 Hours ……………….. 0.41 … 0.46
    NHL NSH/ANA Gm 5 . 0.63 … 0.64
    SNL Prime-r …………… 0.76 … 0.82
    MLB: LAA/NYM-9:53 . 0.19 … 0.19

    PROGRAMMINGINSIDER.COM

    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Amer Housewife-r …… 1450 … 1510
    Downward Dog-r …….. 1311 … 1466
    20/20 Saturday-r …….. 2911 … 3007
    20/20 Saturday-r …….. 3389 … 3520
    NCIS: New Orleans-r .. 3219 … 3429
    Training Day ……………. 2602 … 3453
    48 Hours ………………… 2850 … 3169
    NHL NSH/ANA Gm 5 .. 2353 … 2367
    SNL Prime-r ……………. 2427 … 2611
    MLB: LAA/NYM-9:53 …. 827 …. 827