The season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” was first among adults 18-49 in the same-day ratings for the week of May 8, and it stayed on top after three days of delayed viewing.

It also passed “NCIS” as the most-watched show of the week thanks to DVR and on-demand catchup. “The Big Bang Theory” improved from 2.7 to 4.1 in the Live +3 ratings for the week and from 12.99 million to 16.94 million total viewers. Both were the biggest gains of any show in the Top 25.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 8-14, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 4.1 1.4 52%
2 EMPIRE FOX 3.1 0.9 41%
3 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.8 1.0 56%
4 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.5 0.9 56%
5 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 2.3 0.4 21%
6 SCANDAL ABC 2.2 0.8 57%
CRIMINAL MINDS – F CBS 2.2 0.6 38%
SURVIVOR CBS 2.2 0.5 29%
9 NCIS CBS 2.0 0.6 43%
MOM – F CBS 2.0 0.5 33%
CHICAGO PD NBC 2.0 0.7 54%
CHICAGO MED – F NBC 2.0 0.8 67%
13 THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 1.9 0.2 12%
CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.9 0.7 58%
15 BLACK-ISH – F ABC 1.8 0.5 38%
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 1.8 0.8 80%
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 1.8 0.3 20%
THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.8 0.5 38%
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC 1.8 0.7 64%
20 SCORPION CBS 1.7 0.6 55%
BULL CBS 1.7 0.5 42%
THE FLASH CW 1.7 0.7 70%
23 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC 1.6 0.4 33%
THE MIDDLE ABC 1.6 0.4 33%
HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 1.6 0.6 60%
LIFE IN PIECES – F CBS 1.6 0.5 45%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for May 8-14, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 16,936 3,943 30%
2 NCIS CBS 16,210 2,818 21%
3 BULL CBS 13,743 2,708 25%
4 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 11,858 2,844 32%
5 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – F CBS 11,234 1,836 20%
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 11,172 1,217 12%
7 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 10,780 1,442 15%
8 HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 10,598 2,376 29%
9 CRIMINAL MINDS – F CBS 10,537 2,426 30%
10 60 MINUTES CBS 10,371 409 4%
11 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 10,028 2,194 28%
12 SCORPION CBS 9,981 2,459 33%
13 SURVIVOR CBS 9,827 1,532 18%
14 THE VOICE – TUES. NBC 9,817 1,130 13%
15 CHICAGO MED – F NBC 9,719 2,713 39%
16 MOM – F CBS 9,663 1,538 19%
17 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 9,498 2,474 35%
18 CHICAGO PD NBC 9,110 2,941 48%
19 DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC 8,805 3,879 79%
20 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 8,749 2,827 48%
21 EMPIRE FOX 8,395 2,084 33%
22 MODERN FAMILY ABC 8,068 2,356 41%
23 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC 8,066 726 10%
24 THE BLACKLIST NBC 7,885 3,019 62%
25 CHICAGO JUSTICE – F NBC 7,605 1,880 33%

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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