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Thursday Final Nationals: Second-Most Watched ESPN NBA Draft To-Date

Despite being the lone Big-4 broadcast network airing reruns for its entire prime time, CBS was Thursday night’s most-watched network with an average of 4.09 million viewers.

ESPN was the night’s key demo winner, thanks to the “2017 NBA Draft”. It led among adults 18-49 (1.36 rating), adults 18-34 (1.21), and adults 25-54 (1.43) from 7:30 p.m.-12:20 a.m.

Total viewership for the Draft (3.555 million from TV and streaming combined) was up 15 percent from 2016, and ranked as the second-most watched NBA Draft on ESPN to-date. 2015 still remains as the most-watched NBA Draft ever with 3.74 million viewers.

According to ESPN, the 2017 telecast peaked with a 4.0 metered market rating from 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET, when the New York Knicks drafted point guard Frank Ntilikina.

Additionally, ESPN set several NBA Draft streaming records on Thursday. The NBA Draft drew an average minute streaming audience of 135,200 viewers, up 55 percent from 2016, and 1,153,500 unique viewers, up 107 percent from last year. ESPN delivered 39,215,000 total minutes streamed for the NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft on ESPN generated a 5.3 rating in the Louisville market, making it the top local market. The rest of the top 10 markets include: Charlotte (4.7); Indianapolis (4.4); Norfolk (4.0); Oklahoma City (3.9); Raleigh-Durham (3.8); Los Angeles (3.8); Las Vegas (3.8); Richmond (3.7); San Antonio (3.6).

(Sources: ESPN [1], [2])


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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Thursday, June 22, 2017
ABC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.1/4 3295 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.0/4
8:00 Boy Band (p) 252 93 2.0/4 2995 0.5/3 0.7/3 0.8/3
10:00 The Gong Show 252 93 2.4/5 3894 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
CBS PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.7/5 4088 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/4
8:00 Big Bang Theory (r) 254 93 4.1/8 6347 0.5/3 1.0/5 1.5/6
8:31 Superior Donuts (r) 254 93 2.8/5 4347 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.1/4
9:01 Mom (r) 254 93 2.9/5 4382 0.5/3 0.7/3 1.1/4
9:30 Life in Pieces (r) 254 93 2.3/4 3547 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.9/3
10:00 MacGyver (rs) 253 93 1.9/4 2921 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
NBC PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 2.5/5 3961 0.5/3 0.8/4 1.1/4
8:00 Hollywood Game Night 244 92 2.4/5 3799 0.5/3 0.9/4 1.1/4
9:00 The Wall 244 92 2.7/5 4494 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.2/4
10:00 The Night Shift (p) 245 93 2.4/5 3591 0.4/2 0.6/3 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 1.9/4 3020 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.2/4
8:00 Beat Shazam 258 93 1.9/4 3169 0.6/4 1.0/5 1.2/5
9:00 Love Connection 258 93 1.8/3 2870 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.1/4
CW PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-10 Network Average 0.5/1 778 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Supernatural (r) 247 84 0.5/1 731 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 Supernatural (r) 247 84 0.5/1 826 0.2/1 0.2/1 0.3/1
Univision PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.9/2 1576 0.5/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.8/2 1575 0.5/3
8:00 José de Egipto 1.0/2 1636 0.5/2
9:00 La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 0.9/2 1572 0.5/2
10:01 La Piloto 0.9/2 1518 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average 0.2/0 304 0.1/0
7:00 Totalmente Diva (r) 0.1/0 209 0.1/0
8:00 Totalmente Diva 0.2/0 353 0.1/1
9:00 La Candidata 0.2/0 310 0.1/0
9:59 El Bienamado 0.2/0 250 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
8-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.8/2 1620 0.7/3
7:00 Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar 0.9/2 1505 0.4/2
8:00 El Capo 0.6/1 1164 0.4/2
9:00 La Querida del Centauro 0.7/1 1387 0.5/2
10:00 El Señor de Los Cielos V 1.2/2 2309 1.1/5

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Thursday 6/22/17

Boy Band” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/4
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

The Gong Show” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 1.1/5
Men 18-49: 0.6/3

The Wall” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/3

The Night Shift” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Beat Shazam” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.7/4
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/5
Men 18-49: 0.8/4

Love Connection” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 0.4/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/4
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Queen of the South” (USA)
0.73 household rating
1.076 million viewers
0.37 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.38
Men 18-34: 0.20
Women 18-49: 0.50
Men 18-49: 0.24

Nashville” (CMT)
0.50 household rating
0.727 million viewers
0.18 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.05
Women 18-49: 0.26
Men 18-49: 0.10


Cable Rankings – Thursday 6/22/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Thursday, June 22:

* 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
56 48 THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 60 722 0.21
45 55 THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 61 814 0.19
49 41 COLD CASE FILES A&E 10:01 PM 62 765 0.22
66 48 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 600 0.21
68 38 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 8:30 PM 30 581 0.23
44 12 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 823 0.37
31 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1005 0.48
21 5 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1187 0.58
16 2 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1466 0.74
64 74 AMC MOVIE: DEMOLITION MAN AMC 8:00 PM 150 623 0.17
81 81 AMC MOVIE: TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES AMC 10:30 PM 150 445 0.15
46 32 MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 811 0.24
92 48 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:00 PM 30 365 0.21
89 41 SOUTH PARK CMDY 8:30 PM 30 392 0.22
94 64 TOSH.O CMDY 9:00 PM 30 339 0.18
95 64 TOSH.O CMDY 9:30 PM 30 335 0.18
99 81 TOSH.O CMDY 10:00 PM 30 287 0.15
100 81 TOSH.O CMDY 10:30 PM 30 285 0.15
54 64 NASHVILLE CMT 9:00 PM 62 727 0.18
25 48 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 60 1115 0.21
29 38 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 60 1059 0.23
36 55 CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 60 947 0.19
77 55 DIESEL BROTHERS SPC DISC 8:00 PM 60 497 0.19
48 19 DIESEL BROTHERS SPC DISC 9:00 PM 123 787 0.32
50 81 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:00 PM 25 754 0.15
51 93 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:25 PM 25 748 0.14
30 55 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:00 PM 30 1044 0.19
24 48 ANDI MACK DSNY 8:30 PM 25 1150 0.21
35 79 BIZAARDVARK DSNY 9:05 PM 25 963 0.16
33 74 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 9:30 PM 30 985 0.17
39 100 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 912 0.13
26 64 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1080 0.18
85 81 MOVIES WE LOVE: LAST HOLIDAY E! 8:00 PM 150 405 0.15
1 1 NBA DRAFT (2.16 HH, 1.21 A18-34) ESPN 7:33 PM 290 3420 1.36
42 74 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES GAME 10: LOUISVILLE / TCU (0.52 HH, 0.15 A18-34) ESPN2 8:00 PM 201 831 0.17
57 41 CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 60 687 0.22
53 48 CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 60 743 0.21
37 30 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 929 0.25
40 32 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 875 0.24
2 32 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 2804 0.24
3 26 THE FIVE FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 2733 0.28
4 30 HANNITY FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 2720 0.25
91 81 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA FRFM 6:10 PM 160 375 0.15
82 64 BIG SCREEN MOVIE: MEAN GIRLS FRFM 8:50 PM 130 425 0.18
42 23 FX MOVIE PRIME: INTERSTELLAR FX 8:00 PM 240 831 0.3
93 93 THE SIMPSONS FXX 9:30 PM 30 349 0.14
97 93 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:00 PM 30 323 0.14
96 81 THE SIMPSONS FXX 10:30 PM 30 334 0.15
65 81 THE MIDDLE HALL 10:30 PM 30 603 0.15
73 41 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN HBO 8:00 PM 150 532 0.22
28 32 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1068 0.24
19 23 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1228 0.3
10 8 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1786 0.45
17 17 FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1462 0.34
12 14 HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1696 0.36
13 17 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1607 0.34
23 54 MOUNTAIN MEN AC HIST 8:00 PM 60 1151 0.2
7 15 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST 9:00 PM 63 1992 0.35
15 10 ALONE HIST 10:03 PM 60 1471 0.39
54 64 MURDER AMONG FRIENDS ID 8:00 PM 60 727 0.18
41 41 MURDER AMONG FRIENDS ID 9:00 PM 60 850 0.22
38 28 SIN CITY JUSTICE ID 10:00 PM 60 920 0.26
67 93 MAFS SHORT LIF 8:45 PM 15 589 0.14
34 22 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT (LIF) LIF 9:00 PM 77 984 0.31
58 64 MAFS SHORT LIF 10:17 PM 15 684 0.18
14 64 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 60 1494 0.18
5 19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 60 2533 0.32
6 41 LAST WORD W/ L. O’DONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 60 2162 0.22
78 79 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN9 MTV 9:00 PM 30 484 0.16
75 64 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN9B MTV 9:30 PM 30 514 0.18
71 32 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN9B MTV 10:00 PM 31 564 0.24
76 41 RIDICULOUSNESS SSN9B MTV 10:31 PM 31 504 0.22
20 11 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) NAN 8:00 PM 150 1203 0.38
72 55 NASHVILLE NAN 10:30 PM 60 534 0.19
63 74 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 635 0.17
69 93 PAW PATROL NKJR 10:00 PM 24 580 0.14
62 93 BLAZE NKJR 10:48 PM 24 642 0.14
58 55 THE MIST SPIKE 10:00 PM 65 684 0.19
74 81 SYFY MOVIE: FASTER SYFY 7:00 PM 120 520 0.15
70 55 SYFY MOVIE: NEED FOR SPEED SYFY 9:00 PM 180 576 0.19
60 28 SEINFELD TBS 8:00 PM 30 666 0.26
47 27 SEINFELD TBS 8:30 PM 30 809 0.27
18 9 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1359 0.43
11 6 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1709 0.57
8 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1988 0.68
9 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1939 0.65
98 81 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:00 PM 30 305 0.15
86 55 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 8:30 PM 30 400 0.19
84 64 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 409 0.18
90 74 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 381 0.17
80 32 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:00 PM 30 476 0.24
79 38 IJ: INSIDE JOKES TRU 10:30 PM 30 481 0.23
52 81 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 745 0.15
32 23 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 989 0.3
22 15 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1154 0.35
27 12 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 10:00 PM 61 1076 0.37
60 19 GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATL WETV 9:00 PM 60 666 0.32
87 55 GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATL WETV 10:00 PM 60 399 0.19
88 81 COPS WGNA 8:00 PM 30 398 0.15
83 93 COPS WGNA 9:00 PM 30 420 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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