ABC led the network adults 18-49 standings for the first week of May, with a big assist from the NBA Playoffs.

The network’s Saturday broadcast of Game 3 of the Warriors-Jazz series tied for second (with FOX’s “Empire”) in the 18-49 demographic for the week. It was also way above what ABC usually draws on Saturday nights, helping the network slip past CBS and NBC for the top spot for the week.

“The Big Bang Theory” led the 18-49 rankings with a 2.5 and finished second in viewers to “NCIS” (12.88 million to 12.39 million). CBS easily led its eighth straight week in viewers.

It’s not included in the primetime rankings, but the nationwide live telecast of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC would have tied the NBA game and “Empire” for second among adults 18-49 at 1.9.

Here are the network standings for the week of May 1-7 and the season to date.

May 1-7 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.1/5 (1) 1.0/4 (2t) 0.4/2 (6) 0.8/3 (4) 1.0/4 (2t) 0.3/1 (7) 0.6/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.99 (3) 7.11 (1) 1.24 (6) 2.44 (4) 5.16 (2) 0.89 (7) 1.70 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.6/6 (4) 1.8/7 (3) 0.6/2 (5t) 1.9/7 (2) 2.1/8 (1) 0.6/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.23 (3) 9.73 (1) 1.79 (6) 5.99 (4) 8.21 (2) 1.55 (7) 1.83 (5)

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 1-7, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,188
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/JAZZ GM 3 ABC Sat. 8:29 PM 1.9 2,437
EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,381
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,335
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,307
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,274
7 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,131
8 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,108
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,067
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,058
11 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.5 1,935
NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,884
CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,880
14 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,854
15 NHL PLAYOFFS – PENGUINS/CAPITALS GM 5 NBC Sat. 7:11 PM 1.3 1,644
SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.3 1,643
17 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,591
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,566
LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 1.2 1,548
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,546
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,541
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,540
BLACK-ISH ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.2 1,521
LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,520
CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,516
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,516


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op 25 broadcast shows in viewers for May 1-7, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,878
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 12,391
3 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,827
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,314
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 9,551
6 BLUE BLOODS – F CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 9,235
7 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,075
8 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 9,055
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 9,000
10 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,821
11 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,691
12 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,262
13 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 8,180
14 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 8,009
15 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 7,965
16 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:00 PM 7,579
17 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 7,368
18 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 7,105
19 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,092
20 THE LAST 100 DAYS OF DIANA – S ABC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,500
21 CHICAGO MED NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 6,375
22 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,260
23 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,150
24 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 6,107
25 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 6,081

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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