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Thursday Final Nationals: ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘Scandal’, ‘2 Broke Girls’ Each Rise in Season Finales

CBS and ESPN shared prime time’s top honors for the third straight Thursday. CBS was best among total viewers (7.93 million) and adults 25-54 (2.5 rating/8 share); ESPN was tops among adults 18-49 (1.8 rating) and adults 18-34 (1.7 rating) with NBA Western Conference Semifinal Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder.

Three programs each experienced a positive jump with their respective season finales: CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” delivered its most-watched same-day telecast since Feb. 25, ABC’s “Scandal” drew its best same-day viewer figures since Feb. 11, and CBS’s “2 Broke Girls” hit a season-high in same-day total viewership.

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Programming Insider Thursday, May 12, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.3/8 6215 1.2/5 1.6/6 2.0/6
8:00 Grey’s Anatomy 5.3/10 7765 1.6/8 2.1/8 2.5/8
9:00 Scandal (f) 4.6/8 6646 1.3/6 1.8/6 2.1/6
10:00 The Catch 3.0/6 4234 0.6/3 1.0/3 1.3/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.0/9 7931 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.5/8
8:00 Big Bang Theory (f) 9.1/17 14726 1.9/10 3.4/14 4.9/17
8:31 The Odd Couple 5.2/9 8309 0.8/4 1.6/6 2.4/8
9:01 Mom 5.3/9 8286 0.9/4 1.8/6 2.6/8
9:30 2 Broke Girls (f) 4.4/8 6991 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.4/7
10:00 Rush Hour 3.0/6 4529 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.3/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.7/5 4177 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.3/4
8:00 Strong 1.7/3 2597 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
9:00 The Blacklist 4.2/7 6616 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.9/5
10:01 Game of Silence 2.1/4 3261 0.4/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.0/3 3020 0.5/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 Bones 2.8/5 4257 0.6/3 0.8/3 1.1/4
9:00 American Grit 1.2/2 1784 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.0/2 1532 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:00 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.2/2 1893 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.7/2
9:00 The 100 0.8/1 1170 0.4/2 0.4/1 0.5/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1727 0.6/2
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.7/1 1247 0.5/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1707 0.5/2
9:00 Yago 0.9/2 1521 0.6/2
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.2/2 1975 0.7/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 563 0.2/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.2/0 312 0.1/1
8:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.2/0 399 0.2/1
9:00 Lady La Vendedora de Rosas 0.4/1 768 0.3/1
10:02 La Viuda Negra 0.3/1 513 0.2/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 5/12/16

Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 2.3/10
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 3.0/11
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Scandal” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.8/7
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 2.5/8
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

The Catch” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 2.2/10
Men 18-34: 1.6/9
Women 18-49: 3.7/14
Men 18-49: 3.1/14

The Odd Couple” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

Mom” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.6/6

Rush Hour” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Strong” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

The Blacklist” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Game of Silence” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Bones” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

American Grit” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.6/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The 100” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Archer” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.26
Men 18-34: 0.57
Women 18-49: 0.26
Men 18-49: 0.51

60 Days In” (A&E)
Women 18-34: 0.79
Men 18-34: 0.39
Women 18-49: 0.88
Men 18-49: 0.56

WWE SmackDown” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.54
Men 18-34: 0.65
Women 18-49: 0.56
Men 18-49: 0.79

NBA Western Conference Semifinals Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 1.07
Men 18-34: 2.83
Women 18-49: 1.23
Men 18-49: 2.92

NHL Western Conference Semifinals Game 7: Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks” (NBCSN)
Women 18-34: 0.15
Men 18-34: 0.48
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.60

Cable Rankings – Thursday 5/12/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, May 12:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
48 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 60 848 0.3
60 60 DAYS IN AC A&E 9:00 PM 60 757 0.3
12 60 DAYS IN A&E 10:00 PM 63 1627 0.7
42 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 898 0.3
27 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 1058 0.5
19 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1296 0.6
20 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1288 0.6
14 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1465 0.7
11 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1659 0.8
77 AMC MOVIE: WHAT WOMEN WANT AMC 8:00 PM 180 626 0.2
73 RIVER MONSTERS SPECIAL APL 10:04 PM 62 664 0.2
28 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1045 0.3
89 INSIDE AMY SCHUMER CMDY 10:00 PM 30 548 0.2
55 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 802 0.2
66 EIGHTIES: GREED IS GOOD CNN 9:00 PM 60 712 0.2
80 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 604 0.1
74 NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 8:00 PM 60 656 0.2
61 NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 9:00 PM 61 739 0.2
64 NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 10:01 PM 60 723 0.2
52 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 839 0.2
48 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:30 PM 25 848 0.2
68 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:00 PM 25 710 0.2
85 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:30 PM 25 568 0.1
95 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 10:00 PM 25 505 0.1
30 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 1019 0.2
32 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 8:30 PM 30 1009 0.1
40 BUNK’D DSNY 9:00 PM 30 926 0.1
38 BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER DSNY 9:30 PM 30 956 0.2
45 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 10:00 PM 30 882 0.2
43 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY 10:30 PM 30 897 0.2
101 BOTCHED E! 8:00 PM 60 482 0.2
97 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 10:01 PM 61 501 0.2
22 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW ESPN 7:30 PM 57 1178 0.5
1 NBA PLAYOFFS GAME 6: SAN ANTONIO / OKLAHOMA CITY (3.34 HH) ESPN 8:27 PM 152 5229 2.1
4 SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:59 PM 61 2383 1.0
71 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 678 0.2
53 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 821 0.3
29 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 1027 0.3
37 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 960 0.3
2 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2942 0.3
3 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2430 0.3
6 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2156 0.2
86 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: DESPICABLE ME FRFM 8:45 PM 135 563 0.2
54 FX MOVIE PRIME: FAST AND FURIOUS 6 FX 7:00 PM 180 818 0.3
59 ARCHER FX 10:00 PM 30 760 0.4
111 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 449 0.1
109 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 456 0.1
88 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:00 PM 30 552 0.1
84 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 576 0.1
93 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:00 PM 30 522 0.1
90 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:30 PM 30 538 0.1
23 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1170 0.3
21 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1189 0.3
17 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1366 0.4
15 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1440 0.4
9 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1740 0.4
7 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1804 0.4
57 ALONE AC HIST 8:00 PM 60 779 0.2
13 ALONE HIST 9:00 PM 63 1579 0.5
8 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 10:03 PM 60 1754 0.4
56 48 HOURS ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 790 0.2
35 48 HOURS ON ID ID 9:00 PM 60 973 0.2
51 LAS VEGAS LAW ID 10:00 PM 60 841 0.2
95 MOVIE: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT LIF 8:00 PM 152 505 0.1
98 MOVIE: DYING TO BE LOVED LMN 8:00 PM 120 497 0.1
99 MOVIE: LOVE TO KILL LMN 10:00 PM 120 493 0.1
58 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 778 0.1
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1123 0.1
31 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1013 0.1
126 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN5 MTV 8:00 PM 60 398 0.2
114 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN5 MTV 9:00 PM 60 442 0.2
121 REAL WORLD GO BIG GO HOME MTV 10:00 PM 62 406 0.2
36 OTHER KINGDOM NAN 8:00 PM 30 962 0.2
46 OTHER KINGDOM NAN 8:30 PM 30 877 0.2
41 NICK AT NITE MOVIE: HORTON HEARS A WHO NAN 9:00 PM 120 913 0.3
26 NHL SEMI FINALS GAME 7: NASHVILLE / SAN JOSE (0.63 HH) NBCSN 9:01 PM 164 1061 0.4
94 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 8:00 PM 60 518 0.1
24 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 9:00 PM 60 1142 0.2
100 PRIMAL SURVIVOR NGC 10:00 PM 60 487 0.1
81 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 597 0.1
72 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 667 0.2
63 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 728 0.2
67 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 711 0.2
33 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:00 PM 32 996 0.5
83 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:32 PM 30 583 0.3
92 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:00 PM 30 525 0.2
65 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:30 PM 30 719 0.3
18 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1320 0.5
10 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1665 0.6
34 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 10:00 PM 30 982 0.4
47 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 10:30 PM 30 854 0.4
76 EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS TLC 9:00 PM 120 649 0.2
39 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME TNT 8:00 PM 135 930 0.3
70 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: OCEANS TWELVE TNT 10:15 PM 165 690 0.3
75 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM TRAV 9:00 PM 60 650 0.1
91 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM TRAV 10:00 PM 60 526 0.1
87 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 562 0.2
50 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 843 0.4
69 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 7:36 PM 36 700 0.1
82 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:12 PM 36 595 0.1
78 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:48 PM 36 622 0.1
79 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 615 0.1
16 LIGA MX: QF: GUADALAJARA / AMERICA (0.7 HH) UDN 9:30 PM 150 1424 0.7
5 WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN (1.36 HH) USA 8:00 PM 120 2262 0.7
44 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:00 PM 30 884 0.3
62 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:30 PM 30 731 0.3

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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  1. @SonOfTheBronx
    Hey, do you happen to have Bones’ Live+3 demo and viewer numbers for Thursday? Thanks!