The season finale of “Empire” extended its lead among adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for the week of May 22. It led the second-place show by half a point (2.5 to 2.0 for the Monday edition of “The Voice”) in the same-day ratings; with three days of DVR and on-demand playback, its margin is over a point — 3.5 to 2.4 for “The Bachelorette” premiere and the “Survivor” finale.

Both of the latter shows moved ahead of “The Voice” (both Monday’s show and Tuesday’s finale) after trailing in the initial ratings. “The Bachelorette” rose by six tenths of a point and “Survivor” by five tenths; both “Voice” episodes only grew by 0.3.

The season finale of “Bull” took over the total viewer lead after gaining 3.26 million people in three days. Its 11.8 million viewers are just ahead of the 11.73 million for “Dancing With the Stars.”

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 EMPIRE – F FOX 3.5 1.0 40%
2 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC 2.4 0.6 33%
SURVIVOR – F CBS 2.4 0.5 26%
4 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 2.3 0.3 15%
THE VOICE – TUES. – F NBC 2.3 0.4 21%
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS – MON. ABC 2.1 0.3 17%
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC 2.0 0.7 54%
8 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 1.8 0.5 38%
9 BULL – F CBS 1.7 0.6 55%
THE FLASH – F CW 1.7 0.6 55%
11 DIRTY DANCING – S ABC 1.6 0.3 23%
DANCING WITH THE STARS – TUES. – F ABC 1.6 0.2 14%
13 GOTHAM FOX 1.5 0.5 50%
14 BEAT SHAZAM – P FOX 1.4 0.2 17%
CELEBRITY NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC 1.4 0.3 27%
16 LUCIFER FOX 1.3 0.5 62%
LIGA MX – GUADALAJARA/TIGRES UNI 1.3 0.1 8%
18 PRISON BREAK FOX 1.2 0.5 71%
LOVE CONNECTION – P FOX 1.2 0.1 9%
SHOTS FIRED – F FOX 1.2 0.3 33%
DOWNWARD DOG ABC 1.2 0.2 20%
THE AMAZING RACE CBS 1.2 0.6 100%
23 RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS – THURS. – S NBC 1.1 0.1 10%
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UNI 1.1 0 0%
25 BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – 8:30 p.m. – F FOX 1.0 0.3 43%
RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS – MON. NBC 1.0 0.1 11%

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in Live +3 viewers for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 BULL – F CBS 11,799 3,257 38%
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS – MON. ABC 11,728 1,186 11%
3 THE VOICE – MON. NBC 10,916 1,262 13%
4 THE VOICE – TUES. – F NBC 10,782 1,436 15%
5 SURVIVOR – F CBS 10,175 1,799 21%
6 DANCING WITH THE STARS – TUES. – F ABC 10,005 1,096 12%
7 EMPIRE – F FOX 9,193 2,228 32%
8 LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC 8,277 2,155 35%
9 DIRTY DANCING – S ABC 7,503 925 14%
10 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS 7,315 1,605 28%
11 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC 7,193 1,523 27%
60 MINUTES CBS 7,193 407 6%
13 DIANA: HER LIFE, HER DEATH, THE TRUTH – S CBS 6,662 512 8%
14 DOWNWARD DOG ABC 6,398 662 12%
15 THE AMAZING RACE CBS 5,434 1,803 50%
16 48 HOURS: NCIS CBS 5,178 623 14%
17 CELEBRITY NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC 5,085 771 18%
18 RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS – THURS. – S NBC 4,662 606 15%
19 LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE SPECIAL – S CBS 4,593 421 10%
20 LUCIFER FOX 4,543 1,508 50%
21 THE FLASH – F CW 4,386 1,347 44%
22 SHOTS FIRED – F FOX 4,255 816 24%
23 BEAT SHAZAM – P FOX 4,209 566 16%
24 GOTHAM FOX 4,152 1,229 42%
25 RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS – MON. NBC 4,131 504 14%

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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