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[06/01/18 - 08:33 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Game 1 of NBA Finals Dominates for ABC
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (5/31/18):

ABC (12.038 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) eclipsed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (13.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

NBC (4.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with encores of Tuesday's "America's Got Talent" (5.056 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "World of Dance" (3.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.667 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (6.577 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Mom" (5.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Life in Pieces" (4.041 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (3.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) also opted for second runs of "MasterChef" (1.907 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Beat Shazam" (1.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Black Lightning" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - NBA Countdown 0.00% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night -13.56% - NBA Finals, Game 1

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," 1.6/4 with an encore telecast; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by NBA basketball.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.4/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by NBA basketball.

· ABC's "Nightline" was delayed by NBA basketball.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 0.8/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/1/17):

ABC (13.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was easily the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (15.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (3.149 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with week two of "Beat Shazam" (3.432 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Love Connection" (2.867 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.441 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.641 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Superior Donuts" (4.529 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (4.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Life in Pieces" (3.472 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (3.881 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Fire" (3.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), "Chicago Med" (3.928 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.343 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.781 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and another "Supernatural" (0.756 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.769 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - The Amazing Race
-8.33% - Beat Shazam
-27.27% - Love Connection

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+22.22% - Beat Shazam (vs. Bones)
+16.67% - The Amazing Race (vs. Code Black (Repeat))
+14.29% - Love Connection (vs. American Grit)
-1.67% - NBA Finals, Game 1
-12.90% - NBA Countdown
-13.79% - Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night

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," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by NBA basketball.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 0.5/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.3/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delayed by NBA basketball.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" was delayed by NBA basketball.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: "Late Night with Seth Meyers," 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS's "Late Late Show," 1.0/3 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: "Late Night," 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; "Late Late Show," 0.2/2 with an encore.

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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