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Tuesday Final Ratings: Cavaliers-Celtics on ESPN is Most-Viewed Second Game of an NBA Eastern Conference Finals in 6 Years

Delivering a 5.1 U.S. household rating and 8.229 million viewers, ESPN’s telecast of Boston Celtics’ 107-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers is the highest-rated, most-watched NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 on any network since the Celtics visited the LeBron-led Miami Heat on ESPN from May 30, 2012 (5.7 household rating, 8.809 million viewers).

From 8-11 p.m., ESPN was television’s top network among adults 18-49 (approx. 2.9 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 2.6 rating), adults 25-54 (approx. 3.0 rating), males 18-49 (approx. 4.2 rating), males 18-34 (approx. 3.8 rating), and males 25-54 (approx. 4.3 rating).

In the Boston market, the game generated a 16.0 rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game on ESPN in the market since the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. In Cleveland, the telecast generated a 24.4 rating. The rest of the top five markets included Columbus (11.4), Providence (10.9) and San Francisco (9.0).

(Source: ESPN)

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  • What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Tuesday, May 15:

    Roseanne (ABC, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 10.733 million viewers
    – 6.6/12 HH
    – 2.6/12 A18-49 (3.2/14 F18-49, 2.0/10 M18-49)
    – 1.4/8 A18-34 (1.7/10 F18-34, 1.1/7 M18-34)
    – 3.7/13 A25-54 (4.5/15 F25-54, 2.9/11 M25-54)

    The Middle (ABC, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.341 million viewers
    – 3.9/7 HH
    – 1.5/6 A18-49 (1.9/7 F18-49, 1.0/5 M18-49)
    – 0.7/4 A18-34 (0.9/5 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 2.1/7 A25-54 (2.6/8 F25-54, 1.6/6 M25-54)

    black-ish (ABC, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 4.955 million viewers
    – 3.2/6 HH
    – 1.2/5 A18-49 (1.6/6 F18-49, 0.8/3 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.9/4 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.7/5 A25-54 (2.2/7 F25-54, 1.2/4 M25-54)

    Splitting Up Together (ABC, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 3.642 million viewers
    – 2.4/4 HH
    – 1.0/4 A18-49 (1.3/5 F18-49, 0.6/2 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.8/4 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 1.3/4 A25-54 (1.7/5 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    For the People (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.945 million viewers
    – 1.4/3 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.7/3 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

    NCIS (CBS, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 12.707 million viewers
    – 7.9/15 HH
    – 1.3/5 A18-49 (1.5/6 F18-49, 1.0/5 M18-49)
    – 0.6/4 A18-34 (0.8/4 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 2.0/7 A25-54 (2.3/8 F25-54, 1.7/6 M25-54)

    NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, 9:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 9.443 million viewers
    – 5.9/11 HH
    – 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.1/4 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.4/5 A25-54 (1.7/5 F25-54, 1.2/4 M25-54)

    The Voice (NBC, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 8.154 million viewers
    – 5.1/9 HH
    – 1.4/6 A18-49 (1.8/7 F18-49, 1.0/4 M18-49)
    – 0.8/4 A18-34 (0.9/5 F18-34, 0.6/4 M18-34)
    – 1.9/7 A25-54 (2.4/8 F25-54, 1.4/5 M25-54)

    Rise (NBC, 9:01 PM, 59 min.)
    – 4.102 million viewers
    – 2.7/5 HH
    – 0.7/3 A18-49 (0.9/3 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.0/3 A25-54 (1.3/4 F25-54, 0.8/2 M25-54)

    Chicago Med (NBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 5.620 million viewers
    – 3.6/7 HH
    – 1.0/4 A18-49 (1.2/5 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 1.3/4 A25-54 (1.6/5 F25-54, 1.0/3 M25-54)

    Masterchef Junior: Road to the Finale (S) (Fox, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.741 million viewers
    – 1.1/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49 (0.6/3 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.8/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    New Girl (S) (Fox, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.472 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    New Girl (Fox, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.459 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.8/3 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 0.7/2 A25-54 (0.9/3 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    The Flash (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.934 million viewers
    – 1.2/2 HH
    – 0.7/3 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.5/3 F18-34, 0.6/4 M18-34)
    – 0.8/3 A25-54 (0.7/2 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    The 100 (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.074 million viewers
    – 0.6/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.4/1 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.3/1 M18-34)
    – 0.4/1 A25-54 (0.4/1 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

    La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.656 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.5/3 A18-49

    El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.816 million viewers
    – 1.0/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.415 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.427 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (R) (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.484 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.1/1 A18-49

    Drug Wars (UniMás, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.236 million viewers
    – 0.1/0 HH
    – 0.1/0 A18-49

    Drug Wars (UniMás, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.291 million viewers
    – 0.2/0 HH
    – 0.1/0 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (UniMás, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.443 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49

    Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 10:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.445 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49

    Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.311 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49
    – 0.2/1 A18-34

    Mi Familia Perfecta (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.883 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49
    – 0.2/1 A18-34

    Al Otro Lado Del Muro (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.104 million viewers
    – 0.6/1 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49
    – 0.3/2 A18-34

    El Señor de Los Cielos V (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.699 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49
    – 0.7/4 A18-34

    What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Tuesday, May 15 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    In Contempt (BET, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.360 million viewers (#81)
    – 0.25 HH (#81)
    – 0.13 A18-49 (#79)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#78)
    – 0.14 A25-54 (#81)

    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (BRAVO, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.156 million viewers (#24)
    – 0.82 HH (#21)
    – 0.37 A18-49 (#20)
    – 0.25 A18-34 (#21)
    – 0.53 A25-54 (#14)

    Below Deck Mediterranean (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.252 million viewers (#21)
    – 0.84 HH (#19)
    – 0.44 A18-49 (#13)
    – 0.30 A18-34 (#17)
    – 0.60 A25-54 (#10)

    Sell It Like Serhant (BRAVO, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.422 million viewers (#78)
    – 0.29 HH (#74)
    – 0.13 A18-49 (#79)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#82)
    – 0.20 A25-54 (#58)

    Tosh.O (CMDY, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.552 million viewers (#63)
    – 0.34 HH (#66)
    – 0.31 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.30 A18-34 (#17)
    – 0.33 A25-54 (#30)

    Jim Jefferies Show (CMDY, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.423 million viewers (#77)
    – 0.27 HH (#78)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#46)
    – 0.19 A18-34 (#27)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#54)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.813 million viewers (#37)
    – 0.59 HH (#32)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#85)
    – 0.22 A25-54 (#50)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.743 million viewers (#45)
    – 0.54 HH (#35)
    – 0.14 A18-49 (#71)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.19 A25-54 (#62)

    CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.763 million viewers (#42)
    – 0.54 HH (#35)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#54)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.21 A25-54 (#54)

    Deadliest Catch (DISC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.698 million viewers (#12)
    – 1.03 HH (#13)
    – 0.46 A18-49 (#11)
    – 0.24 A18-34 (#22)
    – 0.68 A25-54 (#6)

    Last Outpost (DISC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.794 million viewers (#39)
    – 0.51 HH (#40)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#46)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#82)
    – 0.31 A25-54 (#34)

    NBA Draft Lottery (ESPN, 7:30 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.420 million viewers (#5)
    – 1.62 HH (#5)
    – 0.97 A18-49 (#2)
    – 0.87 A18-34 (#2)
    – 1.02 A25-54 (#2)

    NBA Playoffs-Conference Finals Eastern Conference Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (ESPN, 8:30 PM, 157 min.)
    – 8.229 million viewers (#1)
    – 5.11 HH (#1)
    – 3.25 A18-49 (#1)
    – 2.99 A18-34 (#1)
    – 3.44 A25-54 (#1)

    Chopped (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.835 million viewers (#34)
    – 0.56 HH (#33)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#29)
    – 0.18 A18-34 (#32)
    – 0.30 A25-54 (#35)

    Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.444 million viewers (#4)
    – 1.66 HH (#4)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#33)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#67)
    – 0.37 A25-54 (#25)

    Hannity (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.103 million viewers (#2)
    – 2.07 HH (#2)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#72)
    – 0.50 A25-54 (#16)

    The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.410 million viewers (#6)
    – 1.61 HH (#6)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#38)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#85)
    – 0.38 A25-54 (#24)

    Shadowhunters (FRFM, 8:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.365 million viewers (#80)
    – 0.26 HH (#80)
    – 0.14 A18-49 (#71)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#45)
    – 0.16 A25-54 (#72)

    Shadowhunters (FRFM, 9:01 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.311 million viewers (#89)
    – 0.22 HH (#86)
    – 0.12 A18-49 (#91)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#60)
    – 0.13 A25-54 (#88)

    Legion (FX, 10:00 PM, 71 min.)
    – 0.451 million viewers (#74)
    – 0.30 HH (#72)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#37)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#36)
    – 0.22 A25-54 (#50)

    Good Bones (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.479 million viewers (#16)
    – 0.98 HH (#16)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#28)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#45)
    – 0.36 A25-54 (#26)

    Hidden Potential (2018) (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.150 million viewers (#25)
    – 0.78 HH (#24)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#29)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#78)
    – 0.33 A25-54 (#30)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.174 million viewers (#23)
    – 0.80 HH (#23)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#33)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#85)
    – 0.33 A25-54 (#30)

    Forged in Fire (HIST, 9:00 PM, 63 min.)
    – 1.182 million viewers (#22)
    – 0.69 HH (#27)
    – 0.38 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.26 A18-34 (#20)
    – 0.47 A25-54 (#18)

    Knife or Death (HIST, 10:03 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.885 million viewers (#31)
    – 0.54 HH (#35)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.17 A18-34 (#36)
    – 0.34 A25-54 (#29)

    Web of Lies (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.876 million viewers (#32)
    – 0.61 HH (#31)
    – 0.16 A18-49 (#59)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#85)
    – 0.28 A25-54 (#38)

    Forbidden: Dying for Love (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.080 million viewers (#27)
    – 0.75 HH (#25)
    – 0.27 A18-49 (#27)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#67)
    – 0.39 A25-54 (#22)

    All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.557 million viewers (#15)
    – 1.13 HH (#10)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#51)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#85)
    – 0.27 A25-54 (#39)

    Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.675 million viewers (#3)
    – 1.82 HH (#3)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#23)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#67)
    – 0.44 A25-54 (#20)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.081 million viewers (#8)
    – 1.44 HH (#7)
    – 0.23 A18-49 (#36)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#72)
    – 0.35 A25-54 (#27)

    The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars S3 (MTV, 10:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.509 million viewers (#68)
    – 0.32 HH (#68)
    – 0.30 A18-49 (#23)
    – 0.33 A18-34 (#16)
    – 0.29 A25-54 (#37)

    NHL Conference Finals Eastern Conference Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals (NBCSN, 8:03 PM, 178 min.)
    – 1.451 million viewers (#17)
    – 0.88 HH (#18)
    – 0.53 A18-49 (#9)
    – 0.47 A18-34 (#6)
    – 0.64 A25-54 (#8)

    The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.721 million viewers (#11)
    – 1.19 HH (#9)
    – 0.40 A18-49 (#17)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#41)
    – 0.58 A25-54 (#11)

    Ink Master: Angels (PAR, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.345 million viewers (#85)
    – 0.18 HH (#89)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#62)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#41)
    – 0.17 A25-54 (#68)

    The Last O.G. (TBS, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.008 million viewers (#28)
    – 0.66 HH (#28)
    – 0.42 A18-49 (#15)
    – 0.36 A18-34 (#14)
    – 0.47 A25-54 (#18)

    This Is Life Live (TLC, 9:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.753 million viewers (#44)
    – 0.56 HH (#33)
    – 0.12 A18-49 (#91)
    – 0.07 A18-34 (#92)
    – 0.16 A25-54 (#72)

    Zimmern List (TRAV, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.461 million viewers (#73)
    – 0.29 HH (#74)
    – 0.11 A18-49 (#96)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#94)
    – 0.17 A25-54 (#68)

    WWE Smackdown (USA, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 2.298 million viewers (#7)
    – 1.41 HH (#8)
    – 0.70 A18-49 (#3)
    – 0.57 A18-34 (#5)
    – 0.80 A25-54 (#3)

    Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 10:00 PM, 31 min.)
    – 1.282 million viewers (#19)
    – 0.84 HH (#19)
    – 0.43 A18-49 (#14)
    – 0.30 A18-34 (#17)
    – 0.51 A25-54 (#15)

    The Cromarties (USA, 10:31 PM, 31 min.)
    – 0.545 million viewers (#64)
    – 0.37 HH (#62)
    – 0.20 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#60)
    – 0.23 A25-54 (#46)

    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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