The NBA Finals and “The Bachelorette” pushed ABC to its best week in the ratings in three months, and “America’s Got Talent” helped NBC start the summer well.

ABC led the week of May 28 in both adults 18-49 (1.9 rating) and total viewers (6.16 million), helped enormously by the first two NBA Finals games. They delivered 6.6 and 6.5 ratings in the demographic. “The Bachelorette” premiered with a 1.4, good for eighth place in the demo.

The network had its best week since Feb. 26-March 4, when it aired the Oscars.

“AGT” opened with a 2.5 in adults 18-49 and 12.16 million viewers, both of which were the top non-sports averages of the week. NBC was up 0.3 week to week in the 18-49 demographic (1.1 vs. 0.8) and improved by about half a million viewers.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

May 28-June 3 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.9/9 (1) 0.5/2 (3t) 0.2/1 (7) 0.5/2 (3t) 1.1/5 (2) 0.4/2 (6) 0.4/2 (3t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.16 (1) 4.63 (3) 0.73 (7) 2.01 (4) 4.87 (2) 0.97 (6) 1.45 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (2t) 1.5/6 (2t) 0.6/2 (5) 1.4/6 (4) 2.1/9 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.10 (3) 8.86 (1) 1.71 (5) 4.82 (4) 8.71 (2) 1.23 (7) 1.56 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 28-June 3, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 NBA FINALS – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS GM 2 ABC Sun. 7:58 PM 6.6 8,429
NBA FINALS – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS GM 1 ABC Thurs. 8:58 PM 6.5 8,381
3 NBA POSTGAME ABC Sun. 10:42 PM 4.2 5,364
4 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,210
5 WORLD OF DANCE – P NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.7 2,243
STANLEY CUP FINALS – CAPITALS/GOLDEN KNIGHTS GM 1 NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,182
7 NBA COUNTDOWN ABC Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,057
8 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,848
9 NBA COUNTDOWN ABC Sun. 7:31 PM 1.3 1,681
10 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,550
MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 9:01 PM 1.2 1,486
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,415
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.1 1,382
14 MASTERCHEF – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,261
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – R NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,258
16 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,224
JURASSIC WORLD NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,216
MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 0.9 1,147
19 BEAT SHAZAM – P FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,047
SELECCION MEXICANA – MEXICO/WALES UMAS Mon. 8:53 PM 0.8 1,034
21 SENOR DE LOS CIELOS TEL Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 933
CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 932
UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 0.7 921
CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 917
20/20 ABC Fri. 10:01 PM 0.7 895
WORLD OF DANCE – R NBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.7 893
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 0.7 877
LIFE IN PIECES – R CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 0.7 864
NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 856

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for May 28-June 3, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA FINALS – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS GM 2 ABC Sun. 7:58 PM 18,471
2 NBA FINALS – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS GM 1 ABC Thurs. 8:58 PM 17,674
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 12,160
4 NBA POSTGAME ABC Sun. 10:42 PM 11,354
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,639
6 WORLD OF DANCE – P NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 7,031
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,722
8 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 6,628
9 CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 6,382
10 INSTINCT CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 6,365
11 CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 6,276
12 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 6,043
13 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 5,569
14 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 5,506
15 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 5,375
16 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 5,259
17 STANLEY CUP FINALS – CAPITALS/GOLDEN KNIGHTS GM 1 NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 5,204
18 NBA COUNTDOWN ABC Thurs. 8:31 PM 5,156
19 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – R NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,108
20 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,038
21 UNDERCOVER BOSS: CELEBRITY EDITION CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 4,824
22 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 4,813
23 48 HOURS: NCIS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,351
24 NBA COUNTDOWN ABC Sun. 7:31 PM 4,181
25 JURASSIC WORLD NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 4,155

All program ratings are live + same-day. 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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