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[06/02/17 - 08:30 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Finals Open on Top 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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (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.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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