The last full week of the 2016-17 TV season was heavy on season finales, but an awards show sits on top of the adults 18-49 rankings for the week of May 15.

The Billboard Music Awards had its weakest showing among adults 18-49 in at least five years, but its 2.6 rating for ABC was good enough to lead the week. “Empire” (2.2) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.0) were the only other shows at or above 2.0.

The “NCIS” season finale led the total-viewer race with 13.39 million.

Here are the network standings for the week of May 15-21 and the season to date.

May 15-21 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/5 (1) 0.8/3 (3t) 0.4/2 (6) 0.8/3 (3t) 1.0/4 (2) 0.3/1 (7) 0.5/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.11 (2) 6.04 (1) 1.33 (6) 2.60 (4) 4.93 (3) 0.89 (7) 1.48 (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) 0.7/2 (5) 1.9/7 (2) 2.1/8 (1) 0.6/2 (6t) 0.6/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.22 (3) 9.65 (1) 1.81 (5t) 5.84 (4) 8.12 (2) 1.51 (7) 1.81 (5t)

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 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,333
2 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,779
3 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,586
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,310
5 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,228
MODERN FAMILY – F ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,185
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,954
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,876
NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,865
10 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,785
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,725
CHICAGO PD – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,717
CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,628
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,608
15 SCORPION – F CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,566
SPEECHLESS – F ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,559
THE MIDDLE – F ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,549
SCANDAL – F ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.2 1,533
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,519
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,492
21 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,449
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,417
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,413
DOWNWARD DOG – P ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.1 1,383
MAN WITH A PLAN – F CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 1.1 1,381
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – F ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,361
FAMILY GUY – F FOX Sun. 9:30 PM 1.1 1,355


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op 25 broadcast shows in viewers for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 13,192
2 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,851
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,067
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,112
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – F CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 9,110
6 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – S ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 8,695
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,598
8 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,276
9 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:03 PM 8,248
10 GREY’S ANATOMY – F ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,920
11 SCORPION – F CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 7,894
12 60 MINUTES – S CBS Sun. 8:03 PM 7,465
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,451
14 MADAM SECRETARY – F CBS Sun. 9:03 PM 7,441
15 CHICAGO PD – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,484
16 CHICAGO FIRE – F NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 6,254
17 MODERN FAMILY – F ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,203
18 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 6,142
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,036
20 MAN WITH A PLAN – F CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 5,735
21 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 5,564
22 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 5,555
23 THE GOLDBERGS – F ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 5,272
24 SCANDAL – F ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 5,197
25 THE MIDDLE – F ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,196

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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