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Wednesday Final Nationals: ‘SVU’ and ‘Chicago P.D.’ Season Finales Make NBC the Night’s Most-Watched Net

For the third consecutive evening, NBC and a cable network covering the NBA playoffs were winners in prime time. On this Wednesday, the final night of the 2015-16 traditional TV season, NBC led in total viewers (6.11 million) with the season finales of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago P.D.”, preceded by the series finale of “Heartbeat”.

ESPN — with Game 5 of the “2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals” between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors — led prime time in all key demographics: adults 18-49 (approx. 1.9 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.7), and adults 25-54 (approx. 2.0).

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Programming Insider Wednesday, May 25, 2016
ABC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.8/5 4303 0.9/4 1.2/4 1.4/5
8:00 Movie: Finding Nemo (2003) 2.7/5 4358 1.0/5 1.3/5 1.6/5
10:00 Nashville (f) 2.9/5 4192 0.7/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 3.8/7 5867 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
8:00 The Price Is Right Primetime Special Amazing Race Edition (s) 4.2/8 6673 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.6/6
9:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (s) 3.6/6 5740 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.4/4
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (f) 3.4/6 5188 0.6/3 1.0/3 1.3/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 4.0/7 6109 0.8/4 1.3/5 1.7/5
8:00 Heartbeat (f) 2.8/5 4261 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.1/4
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (f) 4.7/8 7188 1.1/5 1.6/6 2.1/6
10:00 Chicago P.D. (f) 4.5/8 6876 0.9/4 1.4/5 2.0/6
FOX PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 2.2/4 3278 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.1/4
8:00 Rosewood (f) 2.4/4 3498 0.5/3 0.8/3 1.1/4
9:00 Wayward Pines (p) 2.0/4 3059 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/3
CW PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 1.3/2 2014 0.6/3 0.8/3 0.9/3
8:00 Arrow (f) 1.4/3 2193 0.7/4 0.8/3 0.9/3
9:00 Supernatural (f) 1.2/2 1836 0.6/3 0.7/3 0.9/3
UNI PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1918 0.7/3
7:00 Sueño de Amor 0.8/2 1404 0.5/2
8:00 Un Camino Hacia El Destino 1.0/2 1841 0.6/2
9:00 Tres Veces Ana (thru 11:00) 1.1/2 1956 0.7/3
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.3/1 520 0.2/1
7:00 Fútbol Central (s) 0.1/0 225 0.1/1
7:54 Fútbol: Partido Amistoso USA vs. Ecuador (s) 0.3/1 581 0.3/1
10:12 Cine: Imparable (2010) (thru 12:12am) 0.2/0 318 0.1/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Wednesday 5/25/16

Movie: “Finding Nemo” (2003) (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.2/5
Men 18-34: 0.9/4
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.04

Nashville” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.6/2

The Price Is Right Primetime Special: The Amazing Race Edition” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.5/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS, 9pm)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS, 10pm)
Women 18-34: 0.8/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Heartbeat” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.4/6
Men 18-34: 0.8/4
Women 18-49: 2.0/7
Men 18-49: 1.2/5

Chicago P.D.” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.1/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/3
Women 18-49: 1.8/6
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Rosewood” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Wayward Pines” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.0/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Arrow” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Supernatural” (CW)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/2
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Americans” (FX)
Women 18-34: 0.11
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.17
Men 18-49: 0.25

Royal Pains” (USA)
Women 18-34: 0.13
Men 18-34: 0.22
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.24

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 5: Toronto Raptors @ Cleveland Cavaliers” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 1.19
Men 18-34: 2.74
Women 18-49: 1.39
Men 18-49: 2.96

NHL Western Conference Finals Game 6: St. Louis Blues @ San Jose Sharks” (NBCSN)
Women 18-34: 0.24
Men 18-34: 0.63
Women 18-49: 0.33
Men 18-49: 0.81

Cable Rankings – Wednesday 5/25/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Wednesday, May 25:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
71 A&E MOVIE: GLADIATOR A&E 8:00 PM 183 602 0.2
54 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 838 0.3
44 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 30 982 0.3
34 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1175 0.4
27 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1315 0.5
18 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1535 0.7
14 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1683 0.8
86 AMC MOVIE: DIE HARD (1988) AMC 10:00 PM 180 547 0.1
70 SCARIEST ANIMAL ATTACKS APL 8:00 PM 61 604 0.2
113 RIVER MONSTERS: HOW TO CA APL 9:01 PM 63 439 0.2
112 RIVER MONSTERS: HOW TO CA APL 10:04 PM 64 441 0.1
81 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 560 0.2
16 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 1558 0.5
77 THERE GOES THE MOTHERHOOD BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 565 0.2
104 SOUTH PARK CMDY 7:52 PM 32 466 0.3
96 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:24 PM 32 495 0.3
87 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:56 PM 32 541 0.3
67 SOUTH PARK CMDY 9:28 PM 32 617 0.3
91 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:00 PM 30 529 0.3
78 SOUTH PARK CMDY 10:30 PM 30 564 0.3
100 SHARK TANK CNBC 9:00 PM 60 477 0.2
55 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 832 0.1
51 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 861 0.2
65 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 719 0.2
91 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 8:00 PM 60 529 0.1
25 BERING SEA GOLD DISC 9:00 PM 61 1359 0.4
30 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 10:01 PM 60 1256 0.3
60 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 807 0.2
64 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:30 PM 25 738 0.2
68 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:00 PM 25 616 0.1
93 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 9:30 PM 25 524 0.1
105 GOLDIE & BEAR DISJR 10:00 PM 25 464 0.1
98 DOC MCSTUFFINS DISJR 10:30 PM 25 482 0.1
15 ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN DSNY 8:00 PM 100 1615 0.4
35 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 9:40 PM 25 1161 0.2
36 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 10:05 PM 25 1153 0.2
37 BUNK’D DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1098 0.2
26 NBA PRE-GAME SHOW ESPN 7:30 PM 59 1355 0.6
1 NBA PLAYOFFS GAME 5: TORONTO / CLEVELAND (3.4 HH) ESPN 8:29 PM 161 5462 2.2
114 USA SOCCER MEN: USA / ECUADOR (0.27 HH) ESPN2 8:00 PM 131 429 0.2
53 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 60 840 0.3
48 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 60 920 0.3
59 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 30 810 0.3
57 DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:30 PM 30 822 0.3
2 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 3187 0.2
3 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2656 0.2
9 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 1879 0.2
95 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: JUMANJI FRFM 8:30 PM 150 508 0.2
110 ULTIMATE FIGHTER: 606:THE SITUATION (0.28 HH) FS1 10:00 PM 60 444 0.2
49 FX MOVIE PRIME: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS FX 6:57 PM 183 888 0.4
61 THE AMERICANS FX 10:00 PM 62 805 0.2
103 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 467 0.1
89 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 534 0.1
SKIN WARS GSN 9:00 PM 60 260 0.1
SKIN WARS GSN 10:00 PM 60 238 0.1
111 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:00 PM 30 442 0.1
105 LAST MAN STANDING HALL 8:30 PM 30 464 0.1
108 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:00 PM 30 457 0.1
94 THE MIDDLE HALL 9:30 PM 30 521 0.2
85 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:00 PM 30 551 0.2
76 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 570 0.2
28 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 8:00 PM 60 1290 0.3
12 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 9:00 PM 60 1787 0.4
13 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1698 0.4
21 HOUSE HUNT INTERNATIONAL WHERE NOW HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1450 0.4
20 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1516 0.3
4 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 63 2341 0.4
11 PAWN STARS HIST 10:03 PM 30 1829 0.4
31 PAWN STARS HIST 10:36 PM 28 1239 0.2
50 20/20 ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 880 0.2
58 MURDER U ID 9:00 PM 60 817 0.2
46 FEAR THY NEIGHBOR ID 10:00 PM 60 952 0.3
116 WALKER,TEXAS RANGER INSP 10:00 PM 60 424 0.1
97 LW NY: A LITTLE EXTRA LIF 8:00 PM 56 485 0.1
45 LITTLE WOMEN NY LIF 9:00 PM 60 953 0.4
40 LITTLE WOMEN NY LIF 10:00 PM 62 1009 0.4
47 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 935 0.1
29 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 1272 0.2
43 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 999 0.1
52 CHALLENGE: RIVALS III MTV 10:00 PM 61 841 0.5
42 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 1003 0.3
39 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 1024 0.3
41 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 1006 0.3
38 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 1029 0.3
22 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 6: ST. LOUIS / SAN JOSE (0.87 HH) NBCSN 9:06 PM 163 1425 0.6
90 SOUTHERN JUSTICE NGC 9:00 PM 60 531 0.1
24 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1366 0.3
33 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 30 1187 0.2
83 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 8:00 PM 30 556 0.1
82 WALLYKAZAM! NKJR 8:30 PM 30 557 0.1
69 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 613 0.1
79 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 563 0.1
99 GO DIEGO GO NKJR 10:00 PM 23 480 0.1
88 SPIKE TV MOVIE: RUSH HOUR SPIKE 8:00 PM 120 536 0.2
109 SPIKE TV MOVIE: BAD BOYS SPIKE 10:00 PM 180 447 0.2
19 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1522 0.5
10 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1861 0.6
7 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 2126 0.7
8 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 2089 0.7
5 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 2136 0.8
6 BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 2127 0.8
66 MY 600 LB. LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 182 649 0.2
55 CASTLE TNT 8:00 PM 60 832 0.2
62 CASTLE TNT 9:00 PM 60 784 0.2
63 CASTLE TNT 10:00 PM 60 740 0.2
79 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 9:00 PM 60 563 0.2
117 EXPEDITION UNKNOWN TRAV 10:00 PM 60 419 0.1
74 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 10:00 PM 30 581 0.2
102 CARBONARO EFFECT TRU 10:30 PM 31 470 0.2
84 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:00 PM 30 552 0.1
75 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:30 PM 30 577 0.1
73 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:00 PM 30 593 0.1
71 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 602 0.1
LOPEZ TVL 10:00 PM 30 389 0.1
17 NCIS USA 8:00 PM 60 1539 0.3
23 NCIS USA 9:00 PM 60 1390 0.2
32 ROYAL PAINS USA 10:00 PM 61 1236 0.2

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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      9am Card Sharks 339k (46k)
      10am Card Sharks 255k (40k)
      10:30am Card Sharks 263k (46k)
      11am Lingo 131k (37k)
      11:30am Lingo 140k (39k)