Broadcast Live +3 ratings, May 16-22: ‘Empire’ and ‘NCIS’ top a big week of finales

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The last full week of the 2015-16 TV season featured a host of season finales, and two shows that are always at or near the top of the Live +3 ratings made it there again.

The Season 2 finale of “Empire” scored a 5.7 rating in Live +3, leading the week of May 16-22 by more than two full points over its closest competitor, the “Grey’s Anatomy” finale (3.5).

In viewers, the season finale of “NCIS” brought in 21.3 million, way ahead of of the total for its companion show “NCIS: New Orleans” (15.65 million).

“Empire” also posted the biggest three-day gain in adults 18-49, growing 1.6 points from its 4.1 same-day rating. “The Blacklist” season finale added the most viewers, 3.64 million.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 16-22, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating
1 EMPIRE – F FOX 5.7
2 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 3.5
3 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC 3.4
4 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 3.3
4t NCIS – F CBS 3.3
6 SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.7
7 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 2.6
8 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 2.5
9 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 2.4
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 2.3
10t MOM – F CBS 2.3
10t THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 2.3
10t CHICAGO MED – F NBC 2.3
14 BLACK-ISH – F ABC 2.2
14t THE MIDDLE – F ABC 2.2
14t CHICAGO PD NBC 2.2
14t BLINDSPOT NBC 2.2
18 THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 2.1
19 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 2.0
19t SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 2.0
19t MIKE & MOLLY (8:30 p.m.) – F CBS 2.0
19t THE FLASH CW 2.0
19t LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 2.0
24 GOTHAM FOX 1.8
24t CASTLE – F ABC 1.8
24t SHARK TANK – F ABC 1.8

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for May 16-22, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s)
1 NCIS – F CBS 21309
2 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 15650
3 EMPIRE – F FOX 14338
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 12696
5 SURVIVOR – F CBS 11130
6 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 10900
7 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 10773
8 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 10678
9 THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 10520
10 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC 10461
11 CASTLE – F ABC 10185
12 CHICAGO MED – F NBC 10094
13 THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 9985
14 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 9828
15 CHICAGO PD NBC 9798
16 MOM – F CBS 9681
17 MIKE & MOLLY (8:30 p.m.) – F CBS 9638
18 MIKE & MOLLY (8 p.m.) CBS 8850
19 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 8688
20 60 MINUTES CBS 8607
21 BLINDSPOT NBC 8271
22 THE MIDDLE – F ABC 8093
23 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 8075
24 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 8000
25 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 7996

 

Adults 18-49 total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+3 Increase % Increase
1 EMPIRE – F FOX 4.1 5.7 1.6 39%
2 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 2.3 3.5 1.2 52%
2t MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 2.1 3.3 1.2 57%
4 THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 1.3 2.3 1.0 77%
5 BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.2 0.9 69%
6 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
6t CHICAGO PD NBC 1.4 2.2 0.8 57%
8 NCIS – F CBS 2.6 3.3 0.7 27%
8t THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 1.9 2.6 0.7 37%
8t CHICAGO MED – F NBC 1.6 2.3 0.7 44%
8t BLACK-ISH – F ABC 1.5 2.2 0.7 47%
8t THE FLASH CW 1.3 2.0 0.7 54%
8t LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 1.3 2.0 0.7 54%
14 SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.1 2.7 0.6 29%
14t MOM – F CBS 1.7 2.3 0.6 35%
14t THE MIDDLE – F ABC 1.6 2.2 0.6 38%
14t AGENTS OF SHIELD – F ABC 1.0 1.6 0.6 60%
14t GRIMM – F NBC 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
19 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 1.8 2.3 0.5 28%
19t SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 1.5 2.0 0.5 33%
19t GOTHAM FOX 1.3 1.8 0.5 38%
19t CASTLE – F ABC 1.3 1.8 0.5 38%
19t SHARK TANK – F ABC 1.3 1.8 0.5 38%
19t FAMILY GUY – F FOX 1.2 1.7 0.5 42%
19t THE CATCH – F ABC 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
19t NASHVILLE ABC 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%

 

Viewers total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+3 (000s) Increase (000s) % Increase
1 THE BLACKLIST – F NBC 6877 10520 3643 53%
2 EMPIRE – F FOX 10880 14338 3458 32%
3 NCIS – F CBS 18015 21309 3294 18%
4 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 6792 9828 3036 45%
5 BLINDSPOT NBC 5269 8271 3002 57%
6 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 7908 10773 2865 36%
7 CHICAGO PD NBC 6933 9798 2865 41%
8 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 8192 10900 2708 33%
9 CASTLE – F ABC 7648 10185 2537 33%
10 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 13302 15650 2348 18%
11 CHICAGO MED – F NBC 7860 10094 2234 28%
12 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 5778 7996 2218 38%
13 GRIMM – F NBC 4032 5898 1866 46%
14 BLACK-ISH – F ABC 5052 6916 1864 37%
15 PERSON OF INTEREST (Monday) CBS 5314 7124 1810 34%
16 PERSON OF INTEREST (Tuesday) CBS 6970 8688 1718 25%
17 NASHVILLE ABC 3718 5415 1697 46%
18 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 6421 8075 1654 26%
19 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 6394 8000 1606 25%
20 THE CATCH – F ABC 4038 5634 1596 40%
21 SURVIVOR – F CBS 9542 11130 1588 17%
22 MOM – F CBS 8141 9681 1540 19%
23 THE FLASH CW 3365 4876 1511 45%
24 BONES FOX 4292 5760 1468 34%
25 AGENTS OF SHIELD – F ABC 3027 4457 1430 47%

Source: The Nielsen Company

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