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Thursday Final Nationals: Cavaliers-Warriors on ABC Registers Second-Most Viewed NBA Finals Game 1 in 19 Years

Game 1 of “2017 NBA Finals” made ABC the dominant ratings force on Thursday night. Although the opening game (18.7 million viewers) of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors series — the third consecutive year featuring both teams in The Finals — was down 3 percent in total viewers from last year’s Game 1 (19.21 million viewers from June 2, 2016), it drew the second largest audience for an NBA Finals Game 1 since Chicago-Utah on NBC — Michael Jordan’s last Finals series in his playing career — from June 3, 1998 (26.7 million viewers).


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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Thursday, June 1, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 8.1/15 14300 5.1/21 5.6/19
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (s) 251 92 2.7/5 4298 0.9/5 1.1/5 1.5/6
8:31 NBA Countdown (s) 249 92 3.8/7 6029 1.7/10 2.0/9 2.2/8
8:59 2017 NBA Finals Game 1: Cleveland @ Golden State (s) (thru 11:40) 251 93 10.5/20 18698 6.2/31 6.9/27 7.4/24
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.9/6 4461 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/4
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 253 93 4.3/9 6725 0.5/3 1.0/5 1.6/6
8:31 Superior Donuts (r) 253 93 2.9/6 4476 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.2/4
9:01 Mom (r) 253 93 2.8/5 4196 0.3/2 0.7/3 1.1/4
9:30 Life in Pieces (r) 253 93 2.3/4 3455 0.3/1 0.6/2 0.9/3
10:00 The Amazing Race (f) 253 93 2.5/5 3915 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.4/5 3621 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
8:00 Chicago Fire (rs) 243 93 2.3/5 3478 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.8/3
9:00 Chicago Med (r) 243 93 2.7/5 3971 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (rs) 244 93 2.3/5 3415 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.0/4 3151 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.2/4
8:00 Beat Shazam 258 93 2.1/4 3430 0.7/4 1.1/5 1.4/5
9:00 Love Connection 258 93 1.8/3 2871 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.5/1 749 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Supernatural (r) 247 89 0.5/1 746 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 247 89 0.5/1 753 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1589 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.8/2 1498 0.5/3
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion 0.9/2 1448 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 0.9/2 1647 0.6/2
10:03 La Piloto 0.9/2 1672 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.7/1 1259 0.6/2
5:30 Cine En la sangre (2014) 0.3/1 549 0.2/1
7:30 Fútbol Central (s) 0.3/1 455 0.2/1
8:15 Fútbol: Partido Amistoso México vs. Irlanda (s) 0.8/2 1505 0.7/3
10:30 40 y 20 (s) (thru 11:04) 0.2/0 506 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.6/1 980 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.6/1 981 0.2/1 0.3/2
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 936 0.2/1 0.3/1
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 1022 0.3/1 0.4/2

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 6/01/17

Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 1.0/7
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 1.3/6

NBA Countdown” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 2.3/14
Women 18-49: 1.4/6
Men 18-49: 2.5/12

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 4.4/21
Men 18-34: 7.9/40
Women 18-49: 5.0/19
Men 18-49: 8.8/35

The Amazing Race” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/3
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.9/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Beat Shazam” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Love Connection” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/3


Cable Rankings – Thursday 6/01/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, June 1:

* 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
54 57 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 60 649 0.17
26 30 THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 61 968 0.26
45 53 COLD CASE FILES A&E 10:01 PM 62 762 0.18
56 32 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 638 0.25
54 28 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 649 0.27
42 10 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 775 0.34
24 6 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 983 0.46
21 5 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1100 0.50
19 3 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1213 0.58
70 53 AMC MOVIE: YOUNG GUNS AMC 8:00 PM 150 503 0.18
77 83 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 450 0.14
29 17 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 941 0.29
96 64 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 269 0.16
95 64 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 271 0.16
93 74 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 298 0.15
90 64 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 324 0.16
89 57 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 352 0.17
41 44 NASHVILLE CMT 9:00 PM 63 780 0.21
80 83 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 442 0.14
17 17 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1288 0.29
23 39 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1027 0.23
25 32 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 969 0.25
35 44 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 849 0.21
49 57 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:30 PM 25 729 0.17
58 83 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:55 PM 25 625 0.14
36 64 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 838 0.16
40 74 ANDI MACK DSNY 8:30 PM 25 787 0.15
46 83 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:00 PM 30 751 0.14
32 53 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:30 PM 30 871 0.18
37 57 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 835 0.17
33 51 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:30 PM 30 861 0.19
92 74 SECOND WIVES CLUB E! 9:00 PM 60 314 0.15
22 7 NBA PRE-GAME (0.71 HH, 0.39 A18-34) ESPN 8:00 PM 30 1079 0.45
60 47 NATIONAL SPELLING BEE (0.38 HH, 0.14 A18-34) ESPN 8:30 PM 182 605 0.20
71 74 COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES: BAYLOR / OKLAHOMA (0.32 HH, 0.12 A18-34) ESPN2 9:41 PM 126 501 0.15
53 51 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 660 0.19
52 44 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 669 0.21
38 28 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 831 0.27
50 42 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 709 0.22
1 11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2925 0.33
3 30 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2500 0.26
2 24 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2699 0.28
88 57 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU FRFM 8:50 PM 130 364 0.17
83 98 FX MOVIE PRIME: THE BOY NEXT DOOR FX 8:00 PM 120 415 0.13
96 83 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:30 PM 30 269 0.14
94 83 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 272 0.14
100 83 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:30 PM 30 266 0.14
63 98 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 587 0.13
69 74 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 510 0.15
66 74 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 548 0.15
16 17 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1302 0.29
13 17 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1357 0.29
11 17 FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1418 0.29
15 14 FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1334 0.30
12 17 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1382 0.29
10 12 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1450 0.31
20 47 MOUNTAIN MEN AC HIST 8:00 PM 243 1115 0.20
44 37 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 8:00 PM 60 767 0.24
28 32 FEAR THY NEIGHBOR ID 9:00 PM 60 946 0.25
34 32 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 10:00 PM 60 859 0.25
62 57 MAFS SHORT LIF 8:45 PM 15 592 0.17
30 14 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT (LIF) LIF 9:00 PM 77 928 0.30
72 83 MAFS: SECOND CHANCES LIF 10:17 PM 90 493 0.14
61 64 MOVIE- LMN ACQUIRED PREM: GIRLFRIEND KILLER LMN 8:00 PM 120 600 0.16
8 32 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1872 0.25
4 24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2355 0.28
6 39 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2083 0.23
85 74 FEAR FACTOR MTV MTV 8:00 PM 60 389 0.15
91 64 MTV MOVIES: DRUMLINE MTV 9:00 PM 150 319 0.16
14 9 THE PARENT TRAP NAN 8:00 PM 180 1352 0.35
57 53 SPIKE TV MOVIE: SHOOTER SPIKE 7:30 PM 180 637 0.18
81 74 SPIKE TV MOVIE: SHOOTER SPIKE 10:30 PM 179 432 0.15
86 74 SYFY MOVIE: INCEPTION SYFY 7:30 PM 210 382 0.15
48 24 SEINFELD TBS 8:00 PM 30 734 0.28
39 17 SEINFELD TBS 8:30 PM 30 799 0.29
18 8 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1277 0.42
9 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1826 0.56
5 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2167 0.67
7 1 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2081 0.73
64 64 MY 600-LB LIFE: SUPER SIZED TLC 8:00 PM 122 578 0.16
73 83 BIG & LITTLE: SUPERSIZED TLC 10:02 PM 62 480 0.14
51 39 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: TAMMY TNT 8:00 PM 105 678 0.23
74 47 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 TNT 9:45 PM 135 473 0.20
59 83 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM REPACK TRAV 10:00 PM 60 617 0.14
87 83 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 376 0.14
82 64 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 431 0.16
75 57 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 453 0.17
78 64 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 444 0.16
67 42 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:00 PM 30 531 0.22
68 37 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:30 PM 30 529 0.24
43 83 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 774 0.14
47 83 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 743 0.14
65 24 SELECCION MEXICANA 6/1/17: MEXICO / IRELAND (0.31 HH, 0.27 A18-34) UDN 8:30 PM 120 552 0.28
98 83 LINEA DE CUATRO (0.14 HH, 0.13 A18-34) UDN 10:30 PM 30 268 0.14
27 12 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 959 0.31
31 14 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 911 0.30
78 64 INSIDE THE FBI: NEW YORK USA 10:00 PM 60 444 0.16
99 98 R&R PICTURE SHOWS: LOVE AND BASKETBALL VH1 5:55 PM 185 267 0.13
76 47 GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATL WETV 9:00 PM 60 452 0.20
84 83 COPS WGNA 9:00 PM 30 412 0.14

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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