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[06/03/16 - 10:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Big with NBA Finals Opener
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (6/2/16):

ABC (13.397 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (15.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (5.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was king of the leftovers with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "The Odd Couple" (4.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Code Black" (3.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its duo of "Bones" (4.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Grit" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "STRONG" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside a new "Game of Silence" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a second "Game of Silence" (2.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - American Grit
+12.50% - Bones
-14.29% - STRONG
-28.57% - Game of Silence (vs. 5/19/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+7.41% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night
+7.14% - NBA Finals, Game 1
0.00% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
-13.89% - NBA Countdown
-18.18% - Bones
-28.57% - Game of Silence - 10:00 (vs. Hannibal)
-36.36% - American Grit (vs. Wayward Pines)
-42.86% - Game of Silence - 9:00 (vs. Aquarius)
-45.45% - STRONG (vs. Dateline NBC)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.8/5 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.6/4 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.7/8, delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.2/1 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/9, delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline," delayed by an NBA Finals overrun, averaged a 1.9/7 in metered-market households and a 0.9/7 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's "Late Late Show" (0.8/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.5/2 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/4/15):

ABC (12.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.617 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (14.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (4.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second place with new episodes of "Bones" (5.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Wayward Pines" (4.200 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.604 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.547 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "Dateline NBC" (6.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Aquarius" (3.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus the season premiere of "Hannibal" (2.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.757 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.678 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the former delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and the latter a 0.1 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-8.33% - Dateline NBC
-8.33% - Bones
-8.33% - Wayward Pines
-30.00% - Aquarius

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+37.50% - Wayward Pines (vs. Gang Related)
+28.57% - NBA Countdown
+28.57% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night
+9.80% - NBA Finals, Game 1
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Hollywood Game Night)
-30.00% - Aquarius (vs. Undateable)
-31.25% - Bones (vs. Hell's Kitchen)
-50.00% - Hannibal (vs. Last Comic Standing)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.6/6; CBS's "Mentalist" rebroadcast, 1.6/4; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.5/8 delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.9/4; "The Mentalist" rebroadcast, 0.3/1; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/7, delayed by an NBA Finals overrun.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline," delayed by an NBA Finals overrun, averaged a 1.7/7 in metered-market households and a 0.8/6 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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