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Wednesday Final Nationals: ESPN Networks Shine on NBA Regular-Season Finale Night with Warriors Record-Setter and Kobe Bryant’s Final Game

Despite leading out of a special Wednesday edition of “The Voice”, NBC’s “Strong” continues the rough TV season for weight-loss competition shows with weak figures in its 2-hour debut.

It was the final night of the 2015-16 regular season for the NBA which featured two of the sports’ legendary moments: the Golden State Warriors achieved the all-time best 73rd regular season victory on ESPN while on ESPN2, future NBA Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant — in the final game of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers — scored an incredible 60 points in front of a loud Staples Center home crowd cheering him on. Both game telecasts concluded past 1 a.m. on the east coast yet combined for 7.11 million total viewers — a highly positive number for the NBA; the ESPN game earning the total-viewer edge: 3.649 million vs. ESPN2’s 3.465 million. Nonetheless, Kobe Bryant on ESPN2 outdrew the Warriors’ 73rd win on ESPN among adults 18-49: 2.211 million to 1.999 million in the demographic.

In the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market, Grizzlies-Warriors delivered a 23.22 local rating on CSN Bay Area. This marks the all-time highest-rated regular-season NBA telecast on a regional sports network in the United States to-date, and the second-best rating on record of any sport in a regular season on a regional sports network (MLB Seattle Mariners-Anaheim Angels on FSN Northwest in Seattle-Tacoma scored a 25.3 local rating on Sep. 23, 1997).

Jazz-Lakers drew a 6.5 local rating in Los Angeles: the market’s best-ever rating for an NBA regular season game on either ESPN or ESPN2.

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Programming Insider Wednesday, April 13, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.7/6 5780 0.9/4 1.6/5 2.0/6
8:00 The Middle 4.3/8 6981 1.0/5 1.7/7 2.3/7
8:30 The Goldbergs 3.8/6 6290 1.0/5 1.9/7 2.4/7
9:00 Modern Family 4.6/8 7444 1.4/6 2.2/7 3.0/8
9:31 black-ish 3.6/6 5667 0.9/4 1.5/5 2.1/6
10:00 Nashville 2.8/5 4119 0.6/2 0.9/3 1.3/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 5.3/9 8369 0.9/4 1.7/6 2.3/7
8:00 Survivor: Kaoh Rong 5.1/9 8394 1.0/5 1.9/7 2.6/8
9:00 Criminal Minds 5.6/9 8805 0.9/4 1.7/5 2.3/6
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 5.1/9 7908 0.7/3 1.5/5 2.0/6
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.3/6 5178 0.7/3 1.2/4 1.6/5
8:00 The Voice (s) 5.7/10 8880 1.0/5 1.7/6 2.5/8
9:00 Strong (p) 2.1/4 3327 0.6/2 0.9/3 1.2/3
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 4.6/8 7318 2.1/9 2.5/9 3.0/8
8:00 Rosewood 3.0/5 4529 0.8/4 1.2/4 1.6/5
9:00 Empire 6.2/10 10107 3.4/14 3.8/12 4.3/12
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.6/1 962 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 0.6/1 995 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 0.6/1 930 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.4/1
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2105 0.8/3
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/2 1462 0.6/3
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.1/2 2021 0.7/3
9:01 Pasion y Poder 1.3/2 2385 1.0/3
10:03 El Hotel de Los Secretos 1.1/2 1892 0.8/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 621 0.3/1
7:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.1/0 259 0.1/0
8:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.3/0 531 0.2/1
9:00 Lady La Vendedora de Rosas 0.3/1 708 0.3/1
10:02 La Viuda Negra 0.3/1 622 0.3/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 4/13/16

The Middle” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.3/5

The Goldbergs” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Modern Family” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.6/6
Men 18-34: 1.2/5
Women 18-49: 2.6/8
Men 18-49: 1.9/6

black-ish” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 1.9/6
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

Survivor: Kaoh Rong” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.3/5
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.2/8
Men 18-49: 1.5/6

Criminal Minds” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.1/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 2.2/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/2
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

The Voice” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 2.1/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Strong” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/2

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 1.0/4
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/3

Empire” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 4.4/17
Men 18-34: 2.3/10
Women 18-49: 4.9/15
Men 18-49: 2.7/9

NBA Basketball: Memphis at Golden State” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 1.07
Men 18-34: 2.43
Women 18-49: 1.02
Men 18-49: 2.24

NBA Basketball: Utah at L.A. Lakers” (ESPN2)
Women 18-34: 1.15
Men 18-34: 2.87
Women 18-49: 1.06
Men 18-49: 2.43

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.16
Men 18-34: 0.17
Women 18-49: 0.24
Men 18-49: 0.27

Underground” (WGN America)
Women 18-34: 0.15
Men 18-34: 0.14
Women 18-49: 0.36
Men 18-49: 0.22

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 4/13/16

What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Wednesday, April 13:


  1. NBA Basketball: Memphis Grizzlies @ Golden State Warriors (Warriors victory No. 73 in 2015-16)” (ESPN, 10:38 p.m.-1:01 a.m., 2.26 household rating): 3.649 million viewers (1.58 adults 18-49 rating)

  2. NBA Basketball: Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers (Kobe Bryant’s final game)” (ESPN2, 10:24 p.m.-1:13 a.m., 2.06 household rating): 3.465 million viewers (1.74 adults 18-49 rating)

  3. “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News Channel, 8-9 p.m.): 2.643 (0.21)

  4. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): 2.366 (0.82)

  5. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): 2.265 (0.78)
  6. “The Kelly File” (Fox News Channel, 9-10 p.m.): 2.224 (0.23)

  7. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): 2.208 (0.76)

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): 2.045 (0.71)

  9. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10:30-11 p.m.): 1.908 (0.91)

  10. “Hannity” (Fox News Channel, 10-11 p.m.): 1.885 (0.25)
  11. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): 1.816 (0.59)

  12. NBA Basketball: Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics” (ESPN, 8:05-10:38 p.m., 1.20 household rating): 1.793 million viewers (0.75 adults 18-49 rating)

  13. “American Dad” (Adult Swim, 10-10:30 p.m.): 1.735 (0.80)

  14. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): 1.528 (0.51)

  15. “American Pickers” (History, 9:00-10:00 p.m.): 1.498 (0.25)
  16. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 9-10 p.m.): 1.451 (0.31)

  17. “Property Brothers” (HGTV, 10-11 p.m.): 1.446 (0.30)

  18. Movie: “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000) (Disney Channel, 8-9:25 p.m.): 1.382 (0.31)

  19. “Ted Cruz Town Hall-New York” (CNN, 9-10:11 p.m., 0.95 household rating): 1.349 million viewers (0.21 adults 18-49 rating)

  20. “American Pickers” (History, 8-9 p.m.): 1.303 (0.24)


  • NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins” (USA, 8:00-11:06 p.m., 0.45 household rating): 0.713 million viewers (0.31 adults 18-49 rating)

  • NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues” (NBCSN, 9:57 p.m.-12:39 a.m., 0.39 household rating): 0.638 million viewers (0.29 adults 18-49 rating)

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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