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Thursday Final Nationals: NBA Draft on ESPN Falls to Four-Year Low

CBS was Thursday’s top network among total viewers (5.03 million), adults 25-54 (1.6 rating/5 share) and was in an approximate tie in adults 18-49 (1.2 rating). Their night featured the Thursday premiere of “Big Brother 18” which depicted the first evicted houseguest of the season.

ESPN led prime time among adults 18-34 (a 1.26 rating from 7:31 p.m.-12:20 a.m.) and tied CBS in adults 18-49 with the “2016 NBA Draft.” With an overall weak crop of players, viewership (2.994 million) dropped 20 percent from last year’s record-high (3.738 million) and was at its lowest mark since the 2011 NBA Draft (2.959 million); the second-lowest within the past six years.

Sports Business Daily relayed the Draft’s top five markets: Louisville (6.5 rating), Philadelphia (5.0), Memphis (4.6), Raleigh-Durham (4.2) and Oklahoma City (3.5).

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Thursday, June 23, 2016
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.5/5 4173 0.7/3 1.0/4 1.3/5
8:00 Battlebots (p) 247 95 2.3/4 3911 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
10:00 Celebrity Family Feud (r) 248 95 2.9/6 4696 0.7/4 1.1/4 1.4/5
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.2/6 5035 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.6/5
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 253 95 4.6/9 7206 0.9/5 1.4/6 2.0/7
8:31 Life in Pieces (r) 253 95 3.3/6 5145 0.7/4 1.1/4 1.6/5
9:00 Big Brother 18 (p) 253 95 3.5/7 5667 1.2/6 1.7/7 2.1/7
9:59 Code Black (r) 253 95 2.2/4 3268 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.5/3 2338 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
8:00 Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (r) 241 94 1.6/3 2537 0.4/2 0.6/3 0.8/3
9:00 Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (s) 244 95 1.7/3 2750 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.0/3
10:00 Aquarius 244 95 1.2/2 1727 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.1/4 3335 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.0/3
8:00 Bones 253 95 2.9/6 4511 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
9:00 Home Free 254 95 1.4/3 2158 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.6/1 789 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (r) 246 92 0.5/1 749 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 Beauty and the Beast 246 92 0.6/1 828 0.2/1 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 0.8/2 1453 0.5/2
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.7/1 1370 0.4/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1731 0.5/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 0.9/2 1631 0.6/2
10:00 Yago 0.6/1 998 0.4/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 369 0.1/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.2/0 335 0.1/1
8:00 El Chavo 0.2/0 302 0.1/1
9:00 Cine: Mercenario de la justicia (2006) 0.2/0 401 0.1/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 6/23/16

Battlebots” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Big Brother 18” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.5/7
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/6

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” (NBC, 9pm)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Aquarius” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Bones” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Home Free” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Beauty and the Beast” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.3/1
Men 18-49: 0.2/1

WWE SmackDown” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.45
Men 18-34: 0.59
Women 18-49: 0.58
Men 18-49: 0.76

Queen of the South” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.33
Men 18-34: 0.26
Women 18-49: 0.47
Men 18-49: 0.42

2016 NBA Draft” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 0.60
Men 18-34: 1.93
Women 18-49: 0.62
Men 18-49: 1.88

Cable Rankings – Thursday 6/23/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, June 23:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
56 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 60 800 0.2
31 THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 61 1128 0.3
41 THE FIRST 48 A&E 10:01 PM 62 952 0.3
60 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 774 0.3
46 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 909 0.4
33 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1097 0.4
27 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1245 0.5
15 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1684 0.7
13 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1776 0.8
58 LAST ALASKANS: REMOTE ACC APL 8:00 PM 61 784 0.1
76 NORTH WOODS LAW APL 9:01 PM 61 613 0.1
69 LONE STAR LAW APL 10:02 PM 61 660 0.2
97 BET AWARDS SHOW BET 8:00 PM 243 519 0.2
100 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 506 0.2
34 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1043 0.3
108 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 476 0.1
47 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 891 0.2
45 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 913 0.2
51 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 829 0.2
61 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 8:00 PM 120 741 0.3
26 STREET OUTLAWS SPECIAL DISC 10:00 PM 62 1265 0.5
66 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 708 0.2
73 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 8:30 PM 25 644 0.2
71 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 9:00 PM 25 659 0.2
95 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:30 PM 25 534 0.1
84 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 10:00 PM 25 579 0.2
101 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 10:30 PM 25 505 0.1
2 FINDING NEMO DSNY 8:00 PM 105 2542 0.6
14 BUNK’D DSNY 9:45 PM 25 1704 0.4
17 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:10 PM 25 1597 0.3
21 WALK THE PRANK DSNY 10:35 PM 25 1397 0.3
1 2016 NBA DRAFT (1.92 HH) ESPN 7:31 PM 289 2994 1.2
62 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: COASTAL CAROLINA / TEXAS TECH (0.48 HH) ESPN2 8:00 PM 240 730 0.2
42 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 942 0.3
40 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 957 0.3
36 BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 1004 0.3
49 BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 863 0.3
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR SPECIAL FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2293 0.2
4 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2330 0.2
8 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2132 0.2
25 FX MOVIE PRIME: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA FX 8:00 PM 120 1278 0.5
44 FX MOVIE PRIME: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA FX 10:00 PM 120 917 0.4
89 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 552 0.1
75 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 635 0.1
122 WINSANITY GSN 9:00 PM 30 420 0.1
153 WINSANITY GSN 9:30 PM 30 320 0.1
143 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:00 PM 30 342 0.1
128 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:30 PM 30 405 0.1
129 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:00 PM 30 403 0.1
104 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 498 0.1
112 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:00 PM 30 452 0.1
90 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:30 PM 30 547 0.1
80 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 593 0.2
74 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 642 0.2
77 TED 2 HBO 8:00 PM 115 609 0.3
23 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1295 0.3
19 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1520 0.4
3 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:00 PM 30 2418 0.6
7 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 PM 30 2139 0.5
9 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 2040 0.5
11 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1859 0.4
52 ALONE AC HIST 8:00 PM 60 818 0.2
16 ALONE HIST 9:00 PM 63 1609 0.4
12 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 10:03 PM 60 1854 0.4
136 HMM MOVIE: SECOND CHANCES HMM 7:00 PM 120 377 0.0
69 HMM ORIGINAL MOVIE: MSB: A DEADLY RECIPE HMM 9:00 PM 120 660 0.1
65 48 HOURS ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 719 0.2
53 48 HOURS ON ID ID 9:00 PM 60 815 0.2
49 48 HOURS ON ID ID 10:00 PM 60 863 0.2
116 DEADLY WIVES LIF 8:00 PM 60 441 0.1
94 DEADLY WIVES LIF 9:00 PM 62 535 0.1
88 DEADLY WIVES LIF 10:02 PM 60 557 0.2
144 PRIME BASEBALL GAME: CHC AT MIA or NYM AT ATL MLBN 7:00 PM 175 339 0.0
37 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 975 0.1
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1435 0.2
24 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1282 0.2
124 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 8:00 PM 30 412 0.2
134 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN6 MTV 8:30 PM 30 382 0.2
114 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 9:00 PM 30 450 0.2
96 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 9:30 PM 30 526 0.3
57 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 10:00 PM 31 785 0.4
54 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7B MTV 10:31 PM 31 813 0.4
30 NICK AT NITE MOVIE: ZOOKEEPER NAN 8:00 PM 120 1188 0.4
38 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 960 0.3
43 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 941 0.4
126 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS: GYMNASTICS NBCSN 8:30 PM 150 407 0.1
81 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 8:00 PM 60 582 0.1
29 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 9:00 PM 60 1210 0.2
38 LIFE BELOW COMPILATION NGC 10:00 PM 60 960 0.2
86 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 566 0.1
79 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 595 0.1
64 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 723 0.2
63 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 728 0.2
81 GO DIEGO GO NKJR 10:00 PM 23 582 0.1
105 DORA AND FRIENDS NKJR 10:23 PM 24 496 0.1
116 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 10:47 PM 24 441 0.1
BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK POP 1:00 AM 120 126 0.0
101 SPIKE TV MOVIE: LAW ABIDING CITIZEN SPIKE 6:30 PM 150 505 0.2
91 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 9:00 PM 60 546 0.2
32 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:00 PM 32 1122 0.5
48 LIP SYNC BATTLE: TMI SPIKE 10:32 PM 31 865 0.3
86 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:00 PM 30 566 0.2
59 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 8:30 PM 30 783 0.3
18 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1531 0.5
10 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1938 0.6
28 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 10:00 PM 30 1216 0.5
35 2 BROKE GIRLS TBS 10:30 PM 30 1005 0.4
91 THE LAST SHIP TNT 8:00 PM 60 546 0.1
68 THE LAST SHIP TNT 9:00 PM 60 666 0.1
83 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: GREEN MILE, THE TNT 10:00 PM 240 580 0.2
139 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM TRAV 8:00 PM 60 359 0.1
107 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM TRAV 9:00 PM 60 481 0.1
78 MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM TRAV 10:00 PM 60 598 0.1
158 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 302 0.1
140 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 348 0.1
113 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 451 0.2
99 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 510 0.2
103 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 499 0.2
85 ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW TVL 7:36 PM 36 574 0.1
157 GEORGE LOPEZ TVL 8:12 PM 36 305 0.0
154 GEORGE LOPEZ TVL 8:48 PM 36 316 0.0
93 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 536 0.1
72 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 646 0.1
67 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 681 0.1
6 WWE SMACKDOWN (1.35 HH) USA 8:00 PM 120 2145 0.7
22 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 10:00 PM 60 1389 0.4
165 BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 8:00 PM 60 289 0.1
55 BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 9:00 PM 60 801 0.3
98 MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN WETV 10:00 PM 60 516 0.2

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:disqus
    Hey, do you happen to have Bones’ Live+3 demo and viewer numbers for Thursday? Thanks!