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Thursday Final Nationals: 7.3 Million North American Viewers for NHL Senators-Penguins Game 7

On the first night of the summer 2017 TV season, ESPN was Thursday’s top network among total viewers (5.1 million), adults 18-49 (approx. 1.9 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.8 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 2.1 rating). The network aired the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the Boston Celtics in the deciding Game 5 of the “2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals”.

Runner-up to ESPN on cable in all key demos was NBCSN with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ double-overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the “2017 NHL Eastern Conference Finals”. The 4-hour telecast averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 3.016 million viewers — 2.921 million on TV and 94,800 viewers on NBC Sports’ digital streaming platform, making it the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN to feature a Canadian team, surpassing Game 3 of the Vancouver Canucks-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final in 2011 (2.757 million). It was up 16 percent compared to last year’s Eastern Conference Final Game 7 between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh (2.593 million on May 26, 2016); and the third-most watched conference final game ever on NBCSN, behind only Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 (6/1/14; 4.179 million) and Lightning-Rangers Game 7 (5/29/15; 3.329 million).

TV-only viewership peaked with nearly 4.2 million viewers in the 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. The full game posted a 1.69 household rating and averaged 2.921 million TV-only viewers.

Locally, the game posted a 29.7 rating/47 share in Pittsburgh to rank as the highest-rated Penguins game ever on NBCSN in the Pittsburgh market.

An average of 4.29 million Canadians tuned in to Sportsnet and CBC – the biggest Canadian audience of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date. Overall, 11 million Canadians watched some part of the game last night, with a peak audience of 4.71 million viewers tuning in at 11:27 p.m. ET as the game entered double overtime.

Game 7 ranks as the most-watched Ottawa Senators post-season game in franchise history.

Across all 78 games on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA to date, the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have averaged a TAD of 1.129 million viewers, up 8 percent from last year through the same point in the playoffs (1.049 million; 83 games). The playoffs are averaging a 0.66 household rating and averaging 1.102 million TV-only viewers.

(Sources: NBC Sports, Sportsnet)


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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Thursday, May 25, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 1.6/3 2395 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
8:00 The Goldbergs (rs) 253 93 1.7/3 2561 0.3/2 0.6/3 0.8/3
8:30 American Housewife (rs) 253 93 1.4/3 2197 0.2/1 0.5/2 0.7/3
9:00 Modern Family (rs) 253 93 1.6/3 2471 0.3/2 0.6/2 0.8/3
9:30 Modern Family (rs) 253 93 1.7/3 2695 0.4/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
10:00 black-ish (rs) 252 92 1.6/3 2414 0.3/1 0.6/2 0.8/3
10:30 Speechless (rs) 252 92 1.4/3 2030 0.2/1 0.5/2 0.7/2
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.8/5 4249 0.3/2 0.7/3 1.1/4
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 253 93 4.3/8 6432 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.5/6
8:31 Superior Donuts (r) 253 93 2.9/6 4377 0.3/2 0.6/3 1.1/4
9:01 Mom (r) 253 93 2.7/5 3921 0.3/2 0.6/2 1.0/3
9:30 Life in Pieces (r) 253 93 2.2/4 3423 0.3/1 0.6/2 0.9/3
10:00 The Amazing Race 253 93 2.4/5 3630 0.3/2 0.6/3 1.0/3
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.3/4 3684 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.1/4
8:00 American Ninja Warrior Celebrity Ninja Warrior (s) 246 93 2.6/5 4314 0.8/5 1.1/5 1.4/5
9:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls (s) 246 93 2.5/5 4056 0.7/4 1.0/4 1.2/4
10:00 Red Nose Day (s) 246 93 1.7/3 2682 0.4/2 0.7/3 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 3471 0.7/4 1.1/5 1.4/5
8:00 Beat Shazam (p) 258 93 2.3/4 3643 0.8/4 1.2/5 1.5/5
9:01 Love Connection (p) 258 93 2.1/4 3292 0.6/3 1.1/4 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 0.5/1 717 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Supernatural (r) 247 90 0.5/1 759 0.1/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 247 90 0.5/1 674 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 (preliminary) 0.8/2 1421 0.4/2 0.5/2
8:00 La Reina de la Cancion (preliminary) 0.9/2 1487 0.4/2 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (preliminary) 0.8/2 1411 0.4/2 0.5/2
10:00 La Piloto (preliminary) 0.8/1 1367 0.4/2 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.5/1 903 0.3/1 0.4/1
8:00 El Capo (preliminary) 0.5/1 897 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 892 0.3/1 0.4/1
10:00 La Querida del Centauro (preliminary) 0.5/1 920 0.3/1 0.4/2

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

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 5/25/17

The Amazing Race” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 1.0/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 1.3/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/4

Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

Red Nose Day” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Beat Shazam” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 0.6/4
Women 18-49: 1.4/6
Men 18-49: 0.9/5

Love Connection” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.9/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.3/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3


Cable Rankings – Thursday 5/25/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, May 25:

* 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
53 57 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 60 721 0.20
28 19 THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 61 1062 0.30
59 64 COLD CASE FILES A&E 10:01 PM 62 683 0.17
67 49 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 641 0.22
51 23 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 727 0.29
40 14 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 846 0.39
32 10 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1007 0.47
27 9 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1108 0.54
23 3 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1240 0.62
50 57 AMC MOVIE: TWISTER AMC 8:00 PM 150 735 0.20
75 57 AMC MOVIE: OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001) AMC 10:30 PM 150 537 0.20
64 94 NORTH WOODS LAW APL 10:01 PM 60 656 0.13
34 23 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 75 939 0.29
80 64 CYRUS VS. CYRUS: D & C BRAVO 10:15 PM 30 486 0.17
86 49 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 403 0.22
95 69 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 294 0.16
97 69 TOSH.O CMDY 9:00 PM 30 293 0.16
99 80 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 275 0.14
100 80 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 270 0.14
92 69 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 323 0.16
17 35 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1322 0.26
20 43 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1250 0.24
21 43 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 1249 0.24
56 49 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 8:00 PM 120 693 0.22
66 57 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 10:00 PM 60 649 0.20
57 74 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISJR 7:50 PM 25 690 0.15
62 74 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:15 PM 25 672 0.15
68 74 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:40 PM 25 631 0.15
73 94 PJ MASKS DISJR 9:05 PM 25 566 0.13
36 80 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 916 0.14
38 80 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE DSNY 8:30 PM 30 872 0.14
47 94 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 9:00 PM 30 761 0.13
39 80 BUNK’D DSNY 10:30 PM 30 850 0.14
78 94 COLLEGE SOFTBALL SUPER REGIONALS GAME 1: OLE MISS VS. UCLA (0.34 HH, 0.11 A18-34) ESPN 9:29 PM 222 519 0.13
59 54 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 683 0.21
46 35 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 777 0.26
43 19 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 815 0.30
48 35 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 754 0.26
4 41 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2816 0.25
5 31 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2560 0.27
6 43 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2329 0.24
76 54 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL FRFM 7:50 PM 190 526 0.21
58 35 FX MOVIE PRIME: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST FX 8:00 PM 210 685 0.26
98 80 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:30 PM 30 279 0.14
95 80 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 294 0.14
93 69 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:30 PM 30 322 0.16
74 94 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 549 0.13
26 47 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1150 0.23
16 41 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1373 0.25
14 28 FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1457 0.28
22 43 FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1247 0.24
13 31 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1462 0.27
15 31 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1432 0.27
42 31 FORGED IN FIRE AC HIST 8:00 PM 183 829 0.27
55 49 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 8:00 PM 60 712 0.22
29 23 FEAR THY NEIGHBOR ID 9:00 PM 60 1061 0.29
33 28 EVIL STEPMOTHERS ID 10:00 PM 60 957 0.28
72 74 MAFS SHORT LIF 8:45 PM 15 571 0.15
37 35 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT (LIF) LIF 9:00 PM 77 912 0.26
77 94 MAFS: SECOND CHANCES LIF 10:17 PM 90 520 0.13
8 28 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1997 0.28
2 11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2971 0.44
7 23 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2140 0.29
88 64 MTV MOVIES: BOYZ N THE HOOD MTV 10:30 PM 150 372 0.17
25 18 NICK AT NITE MOVIE: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) NAN 8:00 PM 150 1180 0.32
63 47 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 665 0.23
3 2 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 7: OTTAWA @ PITTSBURGH (1.69 HH, 0.89 A18-34) NBCSN 7:59 PM 241 2921 1.08
49 94 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 737 0.13
52 80 PAW PATROL NKJR 10:00 PM 24 722 0.14
54 64 PAW PATROL NKJR 10:24 PM 24 714 0.17
70 80 BLAZE NKJR 10:48 PM 24 576 0.14
91 74 SPIKE TV MOVIE: HAPPY GILMORE SPIKE 7:00 PM 120 325 0.15
90 74 LIP SYNC BATTLE: TMI SPIKE 9:30 PM 30 359 0.15
71 35 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:00 PM 33 572 0.26
88 69 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:33 PM 29 372 0.16
82 80 SYFY MOVIE: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST SYFY 8:00 PM 177 440 0.14
45 19 SEINFELD TBS 8:00 PM 30 789 0.30
44 19 SEINFELD TBS 8:30 PM 30 806 0.30
19 12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1267 0.43
12 8 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1740 0.57
10 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1907 0.62
9 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1922 0.61
69 64 MY 600-LB LIFE: SUPER SIZ TLC 8:00 PM 120 625 0.17
65 57 BIG & LITTLE: SUPERSIZED TLC 10:00 PM 61 652 0.20
11 6 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME (1.12 HH, 0.48 A18-34) TNT 8:00 PM 30 1754 0.60
1 1 NBA PLAYOFFS- EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 5: CLEVELAND @ BOSTON (3.47 HH, 2.02 A18-34) TNT 8:30 PM 154 5804 2.19
94 80 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 315 0.14
85 62 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 420 0.19
81 49 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 460 0.22
86 62 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 10:00 PM 30 403 0.19
84 54 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:30 PM 30 426 0.21
41 80 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 845 0.14
24 6 LIGA MX FINAL: GUADALAJARA / UANL (0.66 HH, 0.53 A18-34) UDN 9:31 PM 155 1236 0.60
31 15 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1008 0.35
30 17 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1040 0.33
18 13 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 60 1314 0.41
35 16 BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 9:00 PM 60 918 0.34
61 23 GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATL WETV 10:00 PM 61 679 0.29
83 80 COPS WGNA 8:00 PM 30 438 0.14
79 80 COPS WGNA 10:30 PM 30 501 0.14

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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    • Friends (Nick-at-Nite, 5/25 11:00-11:30 p.m.)
      – 844,000 viewers
      – 0.28 adults 18-49 rating

      Friends (Nick-at-Nite, 5/25 11:30 p.m.-midnight)
      – 920,009 viewers
      – 0.29 adults 18-49 rating

  1. Live+3 vs. Live+SD data for Thursday 5/25/2017

    Adults 18-49
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs-r ……………. 0.56 … 0.57
    Amer Housewife-r …… 0.53 … 0.53
    Modern Family-r ……… 0.62 … 0.66
    Modern Family-r ……… 0.68 … 0.72
    black-ish-r ……………… 0.57 … 0.60
    Speechless-r ………….. 0.50 … 0.52
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 0.95 … 1.01
    Superior Donuts-r ……. 0.65 … 0.66
    Mom-r ……………………. 0.61 … 0.63
    Life in Pieces-r ………… 0.60 … 0.62
    Amazing Race ………… 0.65 … 1.17
    Amer Ninja Warrior ….. 1.12 … 1.39
    Running Wild/Grylls …. 0.96 … 1.12
    Red Nose Day ………… 0.66 … 0.71
    Beat Shazam ………….. 1.19 … 1.45
    Love Connection …….. 1.05 … 1.19
    Supernatural-r-8pm …. 0.21 … 0.21
    Supernatural-r-9pm …. 0.19 … 0.19

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    Total Viewers (000)
    …………………………….. L+SD … L+3
    Goldbergs-r ……………. 2561 … 2641
    Amer Housewife-r …… 2198 … 2217
    Modern Family-r ……… 2471 … 2620
    Modern Family-r ……… 2696 … 2852
    black-ish-r ……………… 2414 … 2541
    Speechless-r ………….. 2030 … 2091
    Big Bang Theory-r …… 6433 … 6742
    Superior Donuts-r ……. 4377 … 4426
    Mom-r …………………… 3922 … 4068
    Life in Pieces-r ……….. 3423 … 3621
    Amazing Race ………… 3631 … 5434
    Amer Ninja Warrior ….. 4314 … 5085
    Running Wild/Grylls … 4056 … 4662
    Red Nose Day ………… 2682 … 2888
    Beat Shazam ………….. 3643 … 4209
    Love Connection …….. 3292 … 3721
    Supernatural-r-8pm …… 759 …. 776
    Supernatural-r-9pm …… 674 …. 697