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Wednesday Final Nationals: Cavaliers’ Blowout of Warriors in NBA Finals Game 3 on ABC Results in 12 Percent Year-to-Year Decline in Total Viewers

The NBA Finals” on ABC won the night across all of television for the 51st consecutive time. Game 3, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors by 30 points (120-90), was the second-most watched NBA Finals Game 3 ever on ABC. It averaged 16.465 million viewers (-12 percent from the 18.7 million that viewed Warriors-Cavaliers Game 3 on ABC June 9, 2015) and peaked with 18.764 million viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. ET.

The top local markets for Game 3 were, in order: Cleveland 36.7, San Francisco 30.7, Columbus 17.6, Miami 16.7, San Antonio 16.2, Atlanta 15.6, Sacramento 15.3, Memphis 14.7, Birmingham 13.4, Norfolk 13.1

(Source: ESPN)

NBC was the No. 1 network on Wednesday night among total viewers (5.84 million), adults 18-49 (1.5 rating/6 share), adults 18-34 (0.9/4), and adults 25-54 (2.0/6).

Despite the move from its regular Monday night slot, the season premiere of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” drew an 8 percent increase in total viewers from its year-ago premiere (5.87 million on 5/25/15). It ranked as the night’s top show on TV overall in all key measures.

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Programming Insider Wednesday, June 8, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 7.5/14 12452 4.1/19 4.5/17 4.8/15
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (s) 2.7/5 3974 0.8/5 1.1/5 1.3/5
8:31 NBA Countdown (s) 3.4/6 5028 1.3/7 1.5/7 1.8/6
9:00 2016 NBA Finals Game 3 Golden State @ Cleveland (s) (thru 11:45) 9.7/18 16465 5.7/25 6.1/22 6.5/20
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.5/5 3727 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
8:00 Undercover Boss (r) 2.3/4 3375 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
9:00 Criminal Minds (r) 2.7/5 4053 0.4/2 0.7/2 1.0/3
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (r) 2.5/5 3752 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.2/6 5258 0.8/4 1.4/5 1.8/5
8:00 American Ninja Warrior 3.3/6 5800 1.0/5 1.6/6 2.1/7
10:00 The Night Shift 2.8/5 4175 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.2/4
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.1/4 3225 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
8:00 MasterChef 2.5/5 4080 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.6/5
9:00 Wayward Pines 1.6/3 2370 0.4/2 0.7/2 0.9/3
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.5/1 729 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 0.5/1 819 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 0.4/1 639 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1469 0.5/2
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.7/1 1177 0.4/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 0.9/2 1538 0.4/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana 1.0/2 1708 0.6/2
10:04 Yago 0.7/1 1122 0.4/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 2115 0.9/3
7:00 Copa América Centenario Brasil vs. Haiti (s) 0.9/2 1708 0.7/3
9:30 Copa América Centenario Ecuador vs. Perú (s) (thru 12:05am) 1.2/2 2242 1.0/4

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 6/08/16

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.9/6
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 1.2/6

NBA Countdown” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 1.6/9
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 1.9/9

2016 NBA Finals Game 3: Golden State @ Cleveland” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 4.0/17
Men 18-34: 7.3/33
Women 18-49: 4.6/16
Men 18-49: 7.7/28

American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

The Night Shift” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/2

MasterChef” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/4
Women 18-49: 1.4/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Wayward Pines” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.13
Men 18-34: 0.19
Women 18-49: 0.18
Men 18-49: 0.23

Royal Pains” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.27
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.37
Men 18-49: 0.18

The Challenge: Rivals III” (MTV)
Women 18-34: 0.72
Men 18-34: 0.33
Women 18-49: 0.56
Men 18-49: 0.32

Young & Hungry” (Freeform)
Women 18-34: 0.47
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.38
Men 18-49: 0.16

Baby Daddy” (Freeform)
Women 18-34: 0.49
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.45
Men 18-49: 0.18

CMT Music Awards” (CMT)
Women 18-34: 0.67
Men 18-34: 0.28
Women 18-49: 0.66
Men 18-49: 0.37

Still The King” (CMT)
Women 18-34: 0.42
Men 18-34: 0.14
Women 18-49: 0.44
Men 18-49: 0.28

CMT Music Awards” (Nickelodeon)
Women 18-34: 0.32
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.35
Men 18-49: 0.21

CMT Music Awards” (Nick at Nite)
Women 18-34: 0.42
Men 18-34: 0.21
Women 18-49: 0.43
Men 18-49: 0.25

Still The King” (Nick at Nite)
Women 18-34: 0.26
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.28
Men 18-49: 0.17

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 6/08/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, June 8:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
109 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 8:03 PM 27 478 0.1
113 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 8:30 PM 30 456 0.1
97 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:03 PM 27 523 0.1
92 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 9:30 PM 31 549 0.2
100 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:01 PM 31 513 0.2
84 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 10:32 PM 31 565 0.2
53 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 856 0.3
46 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 956 0.4
38 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1085 0.4
29 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1179 0.5
16 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1560 0.7
14 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1736 0.8
90 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 551 0.2
19 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1517 0.5
98 THERE GOES THE MOTHERHOOD BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 520 0.2
127 SOUTH PARK CMDY 7:52 PM 32 400 0.2
113 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:24 PM 32 456 0.2
94 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:56 PM 32 541 0.3
81 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:28 PM 32 593 0.3
73 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 616 0.3
88 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:30 PM 30 552 0.3
15 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: 2016 (0.93 HH) CMT 8:00 PM 142 1603 0.5
40 STILL THE KING PILOT SNEAK PEEK CMT 10:22 PM 28 1075 0.4
144 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: 2016 CMT 10:50 PM 142 354 0.1
39 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1081 0.2
48 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 947 0.2
54 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 851 0.2
95 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 8:00 PM 60 534 0.2
51 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 9:00 PM 63 882 0.2
35 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 10:03 PM 60 1108 0.3
55 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 830 0.2
50 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:30 PM 25 917 0.2
61 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:00 PM 25 732 0.2
75 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 9:30 PM 25 610 0.1
103 SHERIFF CALLIES WILD WEST DISJR 10:00 PM 25 504 0.1
105 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 10:30 PM 25 492 0.1
25 ZAPPED DSNY 8:00 PM 105 1259 0.2
27 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:45 PM 25 1233 0.2
28 BUNK’D DSNY 10:10 PM 25 1221 0.2
24 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:35 PM 25 1286 0.2
20 COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES: AUBURN/OKLAHOMA ESPN 7:00 PM 150 1476 0.5
142 SPORTSCENTER FEATURED ESPN 9:30 PM 30 364 0.1
66 CHOPPED JUNIOR FOOD 8:00 PM 60 678 0.2
58 CTK TIME WARP FOOD 9:00 PM 60 753 0.3
68 CUTTHROAT KITCHEN FOOD 10:00 PM 60 646 0.2
1 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2932 0.2
3 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2405 0.2
9 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2000 0.2
87 YOUNG & HUNGRY FRFM 8:00 PM 30 558 0.3
72 BABY DADDY FRFM 8:30 PM 30 619 0.3
139 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: MEAN GIRLS FRFM 9:00 PM 120 371 0.2
71 COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO GROUP STAGE: BRAZIL/HAITI (0.35 HH) FS1 7:16 PM 134 624 0.3
149 COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO POST MATCH: 9 (0.19 HH) FS1 9:30 PM 30 341 0.2
136 ULTIMATE FIGHTER FS1 10:00 PM 60 376 0.2
64 FX MOVIE PRIME: THOR: THE DARK WORLD FX 7:29 PM 151 716 0.2
57 THE AMERICANS FX 10:00 PM 74 768 0.2
119 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 427 0.1
118 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 434 0.1
101 SKIN WARS GSN 9:00 PM 60 510 0.1
IDIOTEST GSN 10:00 PM 30 264 0.1
IDIOTEST GSN 10:30 PM 30 218 0.1
102 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:00 PM 30 505 0.1
86 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 561 0.1
108 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:00 PM 30 482 0.1
88 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:30 PM 30 552 0.2
85 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 564 0.2
91 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 550 0.1
21 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1387 0.3
7 BROTHER VS BROTHER HGTV 9:00 PM 60 2106 0.5
12 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1845 0.4
10 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1884 0.4
18 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1524 0.3
2 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 63 2594 0.5
13 PAWN STARS HIST 10:03 PM 30 1824 0.4
22 PAWN STARS HIST 10:33 PM 30 1353 0.3
148 NANCY GRACE HLN 8:00 PM 60 347 0.0
138 FORENSIC FILES HLN 9:30 PM 30 372 0.1
130 FORENSIC FILES HLN 10:00 PM 30 397 0.1
123 FORENSIC FILES HLN 10:30 PM 30 417 0.1
56 20/20 ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 805 0.2
49 THE PERFECT MURDER ID 9:00 PM 60 935 0.2
45 AMERICAN MONSTER ID 10:00 PM 60 978 0.3
99 LW NY: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 56 517 0.1
47 LITTLE WOMEN NY LIF 9:00 PM 62 952 0.3
81 ATLANTA PLASTIC LIF 10:02 PM 60 593 0.2
83 MOVIE: I KILLED MY BFF LMN 8:00 PM 120 567 0.2
132 MOVIE: THE ASSAULT LMN 10:00 PM 120 390 0.1
33 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1115 0.1
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1300 0.2
31 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 1137 0.1
60 CHALLENGE: RIVALS III MTV 10:00 PM 61 745 0.4
32 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: 2016 (0.68 HH) NAN 9:00 PM 82 1134 0.3
59 STILL THE KING PILOT SNEAK PEEK NAN 10:22 PM 28 750 0.2
65 FRIENDS NAN 10:50 PM 36 680 0.2
92 SOUTHERN JUSTICE NGC 8:00 PM 60 549 0.1
79 SOUTHERN JUSTICE NGC 9:00 PM 60 600 0.1
37 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: 2016 NICK 8:00 PM 60 1096 0.3
80 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 598 0.1
78 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 601 0.1
69 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 644 0.1
67 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 672 0.1
96 GO DIEGO GO NKJR 10:00 PM 23 532 0.1
112 DORA AND FRIENDS NKJR 10:23 PM 24 458 0.1
135 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 10:47 PM 25 377 0.0
125 SYFY MOVIE: THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA SYFY 7:00 PM 120 408 0.2
63 SYFY MOVIE: THE CONJURING SYFY 9:00 PM 150 717 0.3
17 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1533 0.5
11 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1879 0.6
6 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2160 0.7
5 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2272 0.7
4 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2315 0.8
8 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2042 0.7
77 MBFFL: COUNTDOWN TLC 7:00 PM 120 602 0.2
30 MY BIG FAT FABULOUS LIFE TLC 9:00 PM 63 1144 0.3
42 I AM JAZZ TLC 10:03 PM 65 1048 0.3
44 MAJOR CRIMES HINDSIGHT BINGE TNT 8:00 PM 60 1009 0.1
43 MAJOR CRIMES HINDSIGHT BINGE TNT 9:00 PM 60 1033 0.1
36 MAJOR CRIMES HINDSIGHT BINGE TNT 10:00 PM 60 1097 0.2
121 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 8:00 PM 60 422 0.1
62 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 9:00 PM 60 727 0.2
107 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 10:00 PM 60 484 0.1
145 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 8:30 PM 30 353 0.1
129 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 9:00 PM 30 398 0.1
124 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 9:30 PM 30 410 0.1
74 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 10:00 PM 30 614 0.2
110 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 10:30 PM 31 475 0.2
76 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: 2016 TVL 8:00 PM 142 606 0.1
126 STILL THE KING PILOT SNEAK PEEK TVL 10:22 PM 28 403 0.1
143 KING OF QUEENS TVL 10:50 PM 33 360 0.1
70 COPA AMERICA 2016 11 UMA: BRAZIL / HAITI UDN 7:00 PM 150 643 0.3
52 COPA AMERICA 2016 12 UMA: ECUADOR / PERU (0.44 HH) UDN 9:30 PM 154 861 0.4
34 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1110 0.4
41 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1061 0.4
26 ROYAL PAINS USA 10:00 PM 61 1246 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. Douglas, what were the exact 18-49’s for Family Feud and Skin Wars on GSN? Thank you very much!

  2. Too bad about all the Finals blowouts. Game 1 ratings made it look like this could be a really historically high-rated series. But with these start times, us East Coasters will happily go to bed if the outcome is not in doubt! Maybe both teams will be motivated for Game 4.

    Got some half-hour breakdowns for me? 🙂

    • 2016 NBA Finals Game 3 (ABC, 6/08)

      9:00-9:30 ‬
      Household rating/Share: 7.8/14
      Viewers: 12.825 million
      adults 18-34: 3.9 rating/18 share
      adults 18-49: 4.4 rating/17 share
      adults 25-54: 4.9 rating/16 share

      ‪9:30-10:00 ‬
      Household rating/Share: 10.1/18
      Viewers: 17.007 million
      adults 18-34: 5.7 rating/24 share
      adults 18-49: 6.2 rating/22 share
      adults 25-54: 6.6 rating/20 share

      ‪10:00-10:30 ‬
      Household rating/Share: 10.2/18
      Viewers: 17.355 million
      adults 18-34: 6.0 rating/25 share
      adults 18-49: 6.5 rating/22 share
      adults 25-54: 6.9 rating/20 share

      ‪10:30-11:00
      Household rating/Share: 10.8/20
      Viewers: 18.557 million
      adults 18-34: 6.7 rating/28 share
      adults 18-49: 7.1 rating/24 share
      adults 25-54: 7.5 rating/22 share