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Wednesday Final Nationals: Predators-Penguins on NBCSN Earn Second-Most Watched NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 2 on Cable in 15 Years

CBS, Fox and NBCSN shared Wednesday night’s top honors. CBS won among total viewers (4.73 million).

Coverage of Game 2 of the “2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final” between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators put NBCSN on top among adults 18-49 (approx. 1.2 rating) and adults 18-34 (approx. 1.0 rating), as well as a virtual tie with Fox for the lead in adults 25-54 (approx. 1.4 rating).

Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 3.278 million viewers, up 27 percent vs. last year’s Game 2 between the Penguins and San Jose Sharks (2.579 million), according to The Nielsen Company.

Despite neither Nashville (#29) nor Pittsburgh (#23) being a Top 20 TV market, the contest was the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final Game 2 on cable since 2002 (Carolina-Detroit, ESPN, 3.782 million), behind only Boston-Chicago in 2013 (3.964 million), which are the #9 and #3 TV markets.

Game 2 (8:09 p.m. – 11:13 p.m. ET) peaked with 3.8 million TV-only viewers during the 9:45-10 p.m. ET quarter-hour. The full contest registered a 1.84 household rating, and averaged 3.18 million TV-only viewers, up 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively, vs. Game 1 a year ago (1.44 household rating; 2.507 million viewers).

Locally, Pittsburgh delivered a 31.1 local rating, the best ever for a Penguins game in the market on NBCSN, surpassing all previous Stanley Cup Final games on the network. Nashville posted a 16.3 local rating, the market’s second-best ever for a Predators game on NBCSN, trailing only last month’s Game 6 vs. Anaheim in the Western Conference Final (16.5). NBCSN was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game.

(Source: NBC Sports)

The night’s top telecast among all key demos — the third season finale of “Empire” — gave Fox the Wednesday win among adults 18-34 (1.4/7). Although Fox also scored a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, the network (6.7) was just 0.3 behind CBS (7.0) in adults 18-49 share.

With the 2016-17 traditional TV season in the books, CBS was the most-watched network in total viewers (9.7 million) — a feat they’ve accomplished for nine consecutive years and for 14 of the past 15 years. NBC became the first network in five years to win the season’s adults 18-49 (2.1 rating, 2.7 million) and adults 25-54 crowns without the benefit of a Super Bowl or an in-season Olympics.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Wednesday, May 31, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.5/3 2298 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/3
8:00 The Goldbergs (r) 256 92 2.0/4 2961 0.3/2 0.6/3 0.9/3
8:30 Speechless (r) 253 92 1.6/3 2413 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
9:00 Modern Family (r) 257 93 1.9/4 2924 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
9:31 black-ish (r) 253 92 1.7/3 2645 0.3/2 0.6/3 0.9/3
10:00 Still Star-Crossed (rs) 254 93 0.9/2 1417 0.2/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
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 4729 0.3/2 0.6/3 1.0/3
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (rs) 253 93 3.3/6 4958 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.9/3
9:00 Criminal Minds (r) 253 93 3.4/6 5033 0.3/2 0.6/3 1.0/3
10:00 Code Black (r) 253 93 2.8/6 4196 0.3/2 0.6/3 0.9/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.1/6 4624 0.5/3 0.8/3 1.2/4
8:00 Little Big Shots 245 92 4.8/9 7452 0.6/4 1.1/5 1.6/6
9:00 The Carmichael Show (p) 245 92 2.7/5 4011 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
9:30 The Carmichael Show (s) 245 92 2.1/4 3206 0.5/2 0.7/3 1.0/3
10:00 This Is Us (r) 244 93 1.9/4 2811 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.8/3
Fox PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.2/4 3499 0.7/4 1.1/5 1.4/5
8:00 MasterChef (p) 258 93 2.3/5 3666 0.7/4 1.1/5 1.4/5
9:00 The F Word with Gordon Ramsay (p) 258 93 2.0/4 3332 0.7/4 1.0/4 1.3/4
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.4/1 596 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
8:00 Arrow (r) 246 83 0.4/1 573 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
9:00 D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (r) 246 83 0.4/1 619 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.2/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1682 0.6/3
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.9/2 1656 0.6/3
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion 0.9/2 1639 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 0.9/2 1777 0.7/3
10:03 La Piloto 0.9/2 1620 0.6/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.4/1 735 0.3/1
7:00 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos (r) 0.4/1 611 0.2/1
7:55 Moisés y Los Diez Mandamientos 0.7/1 1187 0.4/2
9:00 La Candidata 0.3/1 554 0.2/1
10:00 El Bienamado 0.3/1 437 0.2/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.6/1 1075 0.3/2 0.4/2
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.6/1 1100 0.3/2 0.4/2
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 1067 0.3/2 0.4/2
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.6/1 1059 0.3/2 0.4/2

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 5/31/17

Little Big Shots” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/6
Men 18-49: 1.0/5

The Carmichael Show” (NBC, 9:00)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

The Carmichael Show” (NBC, 9:30)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

MasterChef” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/5

The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Nashville Predators @ Pittsburgh Penguins” (NBCSN)
1.84 household rating
3.180 million viewers
1.20 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.66
Men 18-34: 1.35
Women 18-49: 0.86
Men 18-49: 1.53

Fargo” (FX)
0.65 household rating
1.032 million viewers
0.27 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.15
Men 18-34: 0.26
Women 18-49: 0.20
Men 18-49: 0.35

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 5/31/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, May 31:

* 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
54 69 STORAGE WARS A&E 8:00 PM 30 788 0.19
43 64 STORAGE WARS A&E 8:30 PM 30 930 0.20
25 28 STORAGE WARS A&E 9:00 PM 31 1249 0.28
22 22 STORAGE WARS A&E 9:31 PM 30 1292 0.30
31 48 STORAGE WARS CA A&E 10:01 PM 31 1054 0.24
49 69 STORAGE WARS CA A&E 10:32 PM 31 857 0.19
65 52 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 659 0.23
59 34 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 694 0.27
50 13 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 853 0.38
34 9 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1017 0.46
28 8 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1153 0.59
21 5 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1310 0.66
55 58 AMC MOVIE: THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW AMC 8:00 PM 150 765 0.21
94 85 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK BET 9:00 PM 175 379 0.17
15 7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1610 0.60
61 58 THEN AND NOW W/ANDY COHEN BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 681 0.21
100 91 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 281 0.16
99 91 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 300 0.16
91 54 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:00 PM 30 408 0.22
89 54 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:30 PM 30 415 0.22
88 58 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 416 0.21
81 40 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:30 PM 30 512 0.26
18 18 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1423 0.33
23 40 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1286 0.26
26 40 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1236 0.26
77 58 DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 8:00 PM 180 539 0.21
45 79 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:00 PM 30 908 0.18
40 79 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:30 PM 30 938 0.18
40 69 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 938 0.19
37 69 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:30 PM 30 997 0.19
36 18 HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM E! 8:00 PM 60 1006 0.33
82 91 HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM E! 9:00 PM 60 510 0.16
83 85 HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM E! 10:00 PM 60 504 0.17
71 85 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT – EARLY: L.A. DODGERS @ ST. LOUIS (0.39 HH, 0.15 A18-34) ESPN 8:00 PM 157 595 0.17
90 85 SPORTSCENTER LATE (0.28 HH, 0.17 A18-34) ESPN 10:37 PM 83 414 0.17
76 79 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 60 560 0.18
67 69 BAKERS VS FAKERS FOOD 9:00 PM 60 651 0.19
48 34 COOKS VS. CONS FOOD 10:00 PM 60 882 0.27
2 40 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2773 0.26
4 47 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2529 0.25
3 22 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2730 0.30
86 85 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: THE PROPOSAL FRFM 6:00 PM 150 443 0.17
84 58 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA FRFM 8:30 PM 150 503 0.21
95 91 ULTIMATE FIGHTER (0.24 HH, 0.13 A18-34) FS1 10:00 PM 60 372 0.16
52 15 FX MOVIE PRIME: IRON MAN 3 FX 6:59 PM 181 832 0.34
33 34 FARGO FX 10:00 PM 64 1032 0.27
35 64 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1010 0.20
10 15 BROTHER VS BROTHER HGTV 9:00 PM 60 2005 0.34
11 18 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1823 0.33
16 24 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1588 0.29
14 48 AMERICAN PICKERS AC HIST 9:00 PM 63 1640 0.24
17 34 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 10:03 PM 60 1492 0.27
57 58 SEE NO EVIL ID 8:00 PM 60 752 0.21
32 21 HEAR NO EVIL ID 9:00 PM 60 1039 0.32
29 14 REASONABLE DOUBT ID 10:00 PM 60 1118 0.35
51 15 LITTLE WOMEN ATL REUNION LIF 8:00 PM 60 845 0.34
30 12 LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 9:00 PM 62 1098 0.39
56 40 LITTLE WOMEN LA SPECIAL LIF 10:02 PM 60 760 0.26
13 64 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1689 0.20
5 28 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2343 0.28
6 28 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2324 0.28
80 24 CATFISH UNTOLD S6A P1 MTV 8:00 PM 61 530 0.29
97 79 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW SSN5B MTV 9:01 PM 60 323 0.18
1 1 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2: NASHVILLE @ PITTSBURGH (1.84 HH, 1.01 A18-34) NBCSN 8:09 PM 184 3180 1.20
20 24 HENRY DANGER NICK 8:00 PM 30 1317 0.29
24 28 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:30 PM 30 1273 0.28
42 34 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 936 0.27
53 54 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 794 0.22
45 40 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 908 0.26
38 24 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 974 0.29
58 91 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 695 0.16
60 91 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 687 0.16
62 91 PAW PATROL NKJR 10:24 PM 24 679 0.16
62 64 BLAZE NKJR 10:48 PM 24 679 0.20
78 91 COPS SPIKE 8:00 PM 30 535 0.16
70 69 COPS SPIKE 8:30 PM 30 617 0.19
71 79 COPS SPIKE 9:00 PM 30 595 0.18
71 85 COPS SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 595 0.17
75 69 COPS SPIKE 10:00 PM 30 582 0.19
69 64 COPS SPIKE 10:30 PM 30 641 0.20
19 9 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1336 0.46
12 6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1796 0.64
9 2 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2090 0.72
8 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2097 0.70
7 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2125 0.70
27 11 FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 30 1234 0.43
47 28 MY 600-LB LIFE: WHERE ARE TLC 8:00 PM 121 894 0.28
66 100 BIG & LITTLE TLC 10:01 PM 61 658 0.15
74 34 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: RUSH HOUR 2 TNT 8:00 PM 120 583 0.27
44 40 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 9:00 PM 60 929 0.26
98 91 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 304 0.16
96 69 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 341 0.19
87 54 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 430 0.22
93 69 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:30 PM 30 394 0.19
68 48 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 8:00 PM 30 649 0.24
62 48 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 8:30 PM 30 679 0.24
39 28 BIG STAR LITTLE STAR USA 9:00 PM 60 940 0.28
85 79 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:00 PM 30 452 0.18
79 52 MODERN FAMILY USA 10:30 PM 30 532 0.23
92 69 MTV FEAR FACTOR VH1 9:00 PM 60 407 0.19

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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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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