The next-to-last “Empire” of the season and the finale of “NCIS” sit atop the Live +3 rankings on the broadcast networks in the week of May 15.

“Empire” added a full point to its initial adults 18-49 rating with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing, growing from 2.2 to 3.2. It and the finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.0 to 3.0) moved ahead of the Billboard Music Awards (2.9), which was No. 1 in the same-day rankings.

“NCIS” stayed in first place among total viewers, adding 2.75 million to its initial total. It currently sits at 15.95 million. “Designated Survivor” (+4.16 million) had the biggest gain over three days.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 EMPIRE FOX 3.2 1.0 45%
2 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 3.0 1.0 50%
3 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC 2.9 0.3 12%
4 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 2.7 1.0 59%
5 SURVIVOR CBS 2.2 0.5 29%
6 SCANDAL – F ABC 2.1 0.9 75%
THE VOICE – MON. NBC 2.1 0.3 17%
CHICAGO PD – F NBC 2.1 0.8 62%
9 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – F ABC 2.0 0.9 82%
NCIS – F CBS 2.0 0.5 33%
CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 2.0 0.7 54%
12 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 1.9 0.5 36%
SCORPION – F CBS 1.9 0.7 58%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.9 0.7 58%
15 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 1.8 0.3 20%
BULL CBS 1.8 0.5 38%
THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 1.8 0.3 20%
18 THE MIDDLE – F ABC 1.7 0.5 42%
19 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – F ABC 1.6 0.4 33%
SPEECHLESS – F ABC 1.6 0.4 33%
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 1.6 0.5 45%
THE BLACKLIST – 10 p.m. – F NBC 1.6 0.7 78%
23 THE FLASH CW 1.5 0.6 67%
24 GOTHAM FOX 1.4 0.5 56%
FAMILY GUY – 9:30 p.m. – F FOX 1.4 0.4 40%
FAMILY GUY – 9 p.m. FOX 1.4 0.3 27%
DOWNWARD DOG – P ABC 1.4 0.3 27%
THE BLACKLIST – 9 p.m. NBC 1.4 0.5 56%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NCIS – F CBS 15,946 2,754 21%
2 BULL CBS 13,618 2,767 25%
3 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS 12,005 2,895 32%
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 11,277 1,210 12%
5 SCORPION – F CBS 10,515 2,621 33%
6 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 10,417 1,305 14%
7 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC 10,405 2,485 31%
8 SURVIVOR CBS 9,788 1,512 18%
9 MADAM SECRETARY – F CBS 9,734 2,291 31%
10 THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 9,521 923 11%
11 CHICAGO PD – F NBC 9,513 3,029 47%
12 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC 9,342 641 7%
13 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – F ABC 9,223 4,155 82%
14 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC 9,214 2,960 47%
15 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC 8,611 2,408 39%
16 60 MINUTES CBS 8,479 230 3%
17 EMPIRE FOX 8,396 2,254 37%
18 60 MINUTES – 8 p.m. CBS 7,835 368 5%
19 THE BLACKLIST – 10 p.m. – F NBC 7,823 2,931 60%
20 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 7,659 2,104 38%
21 SCANDAL – F ABC 7,576 2,379 46%
22 THE BLACKLIST – 9 p.m. NBC 7,432 2,560 53%
23 MAN WITH A PLAN – F CBS 6,506 771 13%
24 THE MIDDLE – F ABC 6,453 1,257 24%
25 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC 6,426 1,154 22%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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