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Tuesday Final Nationals: Cable News Get Hefty Boosts from James Comey Firing

CBS led Tuesday night in total viewers (11.15 million). TNT led among adults 18-49 (approx. 1.8 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.7 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 2.0 rating) with the San Antonio Spurs’ overtime Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets in the second round of the “2017 NBA Playoffs”. Compared to the year-ago Oklahoma City-San Antonio Game 5 on TNT (May 10, 2016), this game was up 2 percent in total viewers (4.71 million vs. 4.61 million) but down 3 percent in adults 18-49 rating (1.81 vs. 1.87).

The cable news stations were once again a destination for main discussion on the state of current politics. On this evening, they each got big boosts from the breaking news of the firing of FBI director James Comey.

Fox News ranked behind MSNBC and CNN in the 25 to 54 age primetime demographic. MSNBC earned 738,000 viewers in the key demographic from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, followed by CNN (719,000 viewers) and Fox News (700,000 viewers).

Fox still led all cable news in total viewers. In primetime, Fox averaged 3.307 total viewers. MSNBC registered 2.856 million and CNN 1.865 million.

Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News registered 3.443 million total viewers and 727,000 in the demographic. “The Rachel Maddow Show” drew 3.354 million total viewers, but bested Carlson in the 25-54 demographic with 873,000 viewers.

Only the aforementioned Rockets-Spurs contest on TNT drew more viewers on cable than Carlson and Maddow.

Fox did win the first hour after the Comey news broke at 6 p.m. ET in both the 25 to 54 demographic and in total viewers, with 527,000 viewers from the demographic tuning into “Special Report with Bret Baier” and capturing 2.895 million viewers overall.

CNN’s “Situation Room” finished second at 6 p.m. ET with 522,000 in the demographic and 1.789 total million viewers. MSNBC was third with 341,000 in the demographic and 1.414 million total viewers.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Tuesday, May 9, 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 3309 0.5/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
8:00 The Middle 252 93 3.2/6 5023 0.6/4 1.2/5 1.7/6
8:30 American Housewife 253 93 2.7/5 4294 0.6/3 1.2/5 1.6/5
9:00 Fresh Off the Boat 253 93 2.2/4 3431 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
9:30 Imaginary Mary 253 93 1.9/3 2829 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
10:00 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 253 93 1.4/3 2137 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 11146 0.6/3 1.2/5 1.9/6
8:00 NCIS 253 93 8.4/15 13390 0.7/4 1.4/6 2.3/8
9:00 Bull 253 93 6.9/12 11034 0.6/3 1.2/5 1.9/6
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans 253 93 5.8/11 9015 0.5/2 1.0/4 1.6/5
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 5881 0.7/4 1.2/5 1.6/5
8:00 The Voice 246 93 5.5/10 8686 0.9/5 1.7/7 2.3/8
9:00 Great News 246 93 2.2/4 3467 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
9:30 Great News 246 93 1.7/3 2600 0.3/2 0.7/2 0.9/3
10:00 Chicago Fire 246 93 3.9/7 5922 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.6/5
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.3/2 1991 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.9/3
8:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 258 93 1.1/2 1786 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.8/3
8:31 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s) 258 93 0.9/2 1438 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 Prison Break 258 93 1.5/3 2369 0.7/3 0.9/3 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 1836 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
8:00 The Flash 247 90 1.7/3 2706 0.9/5 1.0/4 1.2/4
9:00 iZombie 247 90 0.6/1 967 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 1607 0.6/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.0/2 1762 0.6/3
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion 0.7/1 1341 0.4/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.0/2 1789 0.6/2
10:02 La Piloto 0.9/2 1689 0.6/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.5/1 914 0.3/1
7:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos (r) 0.3/1 593 0.2/1
7:55 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.6/1 1148 0.4/2
10:00 El Bienamado (thru 11:00) 0.2/0 416 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.5/1 897 0.3/1 0.3/1
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.6/1 978 0.3/1 0.4/1
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 835 0.3/1 0.3/1
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 877 0.2/1 0.3/1

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Tuesday 5/09/17

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

American Housewife” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.6/6
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Imaginary Mary” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

NCIS” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.7/7
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Bull” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/6
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

Great News” (NBC, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Great News” (NBC, 9:30)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Chicago Fire” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 8:00)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox, 8:30)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Prison Break” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Flash” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/6
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

iZombie” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.3/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.3/1

The Americans” (FX)
0.39 household rating
0.613 million viewers
0.16 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.05
Men 18-34: 0.14
Women 18-49: 0.12
Men 18-49: 0.20

Pretty Little Liars” (Freeform)
0.60 household rating
0.911 million viewers
0.45 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.85
Men 18-34: 0.28
Women 18-49: 0.68
Men 18-49: 0.23

Cable Rankings – Tuesday 5/09/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Tuesday, May 9:

* 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
73 70 HOARDERS A&E 8:00 PM 60 495 0.17
66 56 HOARDERS A&E 9:00 PM 60 590 0.19
70 76 HOARDERS A&E 10:00 PM 57 526 0.16
61 41 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 677 0.25
51 35 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 745 0.29
39 28 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 872 0.35
31 12 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1107 0.49
29 10 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1133 0.52
26 8 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1204 0.57
76 91 AMC MOVIE: LETHAL WEAPON AMC 8:00 PM 150 467 0.14
78 76 REBEL BET 10:00 PM 46 455 0.16
33 21 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1026 0.41
79 76 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 434 0.16
82 56 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 393 0.19
85 70 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 376 0.17
96 86 TOSH.O CMDY 9:00 PM 30 318 0.15
99 86 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 305 0.15
80 49 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 412 0.21
86 56 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 372 0.19
81 91 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 409 0.14
12 19 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1935 0.44
10 15 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1971 0.46
18 22 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1689 0.40
14 11 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 9:00 PM 61 1890 0.51
30 35 COOPERS TREASURE DISC 10:01 PM 61 1131 0.29
63 56 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:00 PM 25 650 0.19
65 52 ELENA OF AVALOR DISJR 8:30 PM 25 604 0.20
69 66 SOFIA THE FIRST DISJR 8:55 PM 25 541 0.18
46 91 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 785 0.14
48 91 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:00 PM 30 759 0.14
45 76 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:30 PM 30 810 0.16
51 86 BUNK’D DSNY 10:30 PM 30 745 0.15
56 47 CHOPPED JUNIOR FOOD 8:00 PM 60 707 0.22
57 46 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 699 0.23
43 33 CHOPPED FOOD 10:00 PM 60 842 0.30
2 25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3443 0.37
5 30 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 3207 0.33
4 29 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 3271 0.34
38 18 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FRFM 8:00 PM 62 911 0.45
64 76 THE AMERICANS FX 10:00 PM 70 613 0.16
93 76 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:30 PM 30 338 0.16
89 49 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 362 0.21
91 52 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:30 PM 30 347 0.20
72 91 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 509 0.14
22 35 FIXER UPPER HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1291 0.29
20 25 SP FIXER UPPER HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1567 0.37
23 38 HOME TOWN HGTV 10:00 PM 60 1278 0.28
68 56 FORGED IN FIRE AC HIST 7:59 PM 61 555 0.19
24 15 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 9:00 PM 63 1223 0.46
41 30 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 10:03 PM 60 862 0.33
42 52 20/20 ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 844 0.20
36 52 MOTIVES & MURDERS:CRACKIN ID 9:00 PM 60 954 0.20
37 41 LOVE KILLS ID 10:00 PM 60 923 0.25
75 70 LW LA: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 55 493 0.17
35 27 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1017 0.36
47 43 LWLA LT LIVE AFTERSHOW LIF 10:02 PM 30 763 0.24
73 76 LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 10:32 PM 60 495 0.16
8 32 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 2403 0.32
3 14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 3354 0.48
7 23 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2812 0.39
95 70 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN9 MTV 8:30 PM 30 327 0.17
53 20 CHALLENGE: INVASION MTV 9:00 PM 61 730 0.42
86 47 CHALLENGE: EPIC FAILS MTV 10:01 PM 31 372 0.22
NHL SEMI FINALS GAME 6: OTTAWA @ N.Y. RANGERS (0.34 A18-34) NBCSN 7:30 PM 165 1153 0.40
88 76 NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS (0.25 HH, 0.13 A18-34) NBCSN 10:15 PM 45 371 0.16
34 91 GENIUS NGC 9:00 PM 60 1021 0.14
27 39 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1181 0.26
32 49 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1032 0.21
54 66 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 711 0.18
60 56 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 685 0.19
50 43 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 747 0.24
49 43 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 749 0.24
15 12 IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN 9:00 PM 60 1826 0.49
55 70 GREENLEAF OWN 10:00 PM 60 708 0.17
67 56 SPIKE TV MOVIE: SHOOTER SPIKE 7:00 PM 180 578 0.19
71 56 SPIKE TV MOVIE: SHOOTER SPIKE 10:00 PM 180 515 0.19
25 15 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1219 0.46
21 9 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1505 0.55
13 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1921 0.67
11 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1936 0.70
16 6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1736 0.64
19 7 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1632 0.62
44 56 LPBW: BACK TO THE FARM TLC 8:00 PM 60 829 0.19
17 23 LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD TLC 9:00 PM 62 1715 0.39
28 39 7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS TLC 10:02 PM 62 1162 0.26
1 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-ROUND 2 GAME 5: HOUSTON @ SAN ANTONIO (2.93 HH, 1.68 A18-34) TNT 8:00 PM 173 4713 1.81
6 2 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS (1.91 HH, 1.28 A18-34) TNT 10:53 PM 49 3065 1.32
77 91 BF: DELICIOUS DESTINATION TRAV 10:30 PM 30 458 0.14
90 56 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 355 0.19
94 76 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 331 0.16
97 86 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 310 0.15
97 76 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 310 0.16
92 66 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 344 0.18
59 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:24 PM 36 691 0.14
61 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:00 PM 30 677 0.14
58 91 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 693 0.14
9 3 WWE SMACKDOWN (1.37 HH, 0.65 A18-34) USA 8:00 PM 120 2348 0.74
40 33 TEAM NINJA WARRIOR USA 10:00 PM 61 870 0.30
100 86 BASKETBALL WIVES 6 VH1 8:00 PM 60 304 0.15
84 70 BASKETBALL WIVES 6 VH1 9:00 PM 60 379 0.17
83 66 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 6 VH1 10:00 PM 60 382 0.18

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  • Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Tuesday 5/09/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    The Middle …………….. 1.19 … 1.55
    American Housewife .. 1.19 … 1.59
    Fresh Off the Boat …… 1.02 … 1.30
    Imaginary Mary ……….. 0.86 … 1.07
    Agents of SHIELD ……. 0.74 … 1.37
    NCIS ……………………… 1.43 … 2.00
    Bull ……………………….. 1.22 … 1.71
    NCIS: New Orleans …. 1.04 … 1.53
    The Voice ……………….. 1.66 … 1.94
    Great News-9:00 …….. 0.81 … 0.89
    Great News-9:30 …….. 0.65 … 0.71
    Chicago Fire …………… 1.20 … 1.90
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine …. 0.65 … 0.97
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine-s . 0.58 … 0.94
    Prison Break …………… 0.86 … 1.29
    The Flash ……………….. 1.02 … 1.68
    iZombie ………………….. 0.35 … 0.58

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    The Middle ……………. 5023 … 6215
    American Housewife . 4295 … 5422
    Fresh Off the Boat ….. 3432 … 4183
    Imaginary Mary ……… 2830 … 3366
    Agents of SHIELD ….. 2138 … 3574
    NCIS ………………….. 13392 .. 16210
    Bull ……………………. 11035 .. 13743
    NCIS:New Orleans … 9014 .. 11858
    The Voice …………….. 8687 … 9817
    Great News-9:00 …… 3467 … 3719
    Great News-9:30 …… 2600 … 2795
    Chicago Fire …………. 5922 … 8749
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine .. 1786 … 2366
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine .. 1438 … 2089
    Prison Break …………. 2369 … 3302
    The Flash ……………… 2706 … 4114
    iZombie ………………….. 967 … 1401

    • Phun

      Thank you. 🙂