Broadcast ratings for the week of May 21 are heavily tilted toward the first few days, which featured the end of the September-to-May season. A host of finales are predictably at the top of the charts.

The season ender for “Roseanne” was the week’s top show among adults 18-49 with a 2.5 rating. It finished 0.8 ahead of the series finale of “The Middle” and the Season 4 finale of “Empire.”

The “NCIS” finale finished first in total viewers with 12.07 million.

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

May 21-27 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.8/4 (1t) 0.7/3 (3t) 0.3/1 (7) 0.7/3 (3t) 0.8/4 (1t) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.09 (3) 5.01 (1) 1.13 (6) 2.71 (4) 4.35 (2) 1.03 (7) 1.26 (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) 1.5/6 (2t) 2.1/9 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.06 (3) 8.93 (1) 1.72 (5) 4.88 (4) 8.79 (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 21-27, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 ROSEANNE – F ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,188
2 THE MIDDLE – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.7 2,164
EMPIRE – F FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,158
4 AMERICAN IDOL – F ABC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,085
5 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,955
THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,943
7 SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,861
8 NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,622
STAR – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,615
10 LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,535
11 DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,463
THE VOICE – R NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,425
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,387
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,344
SPLITTING UP TOGETHER – F ABC Tues. 9:30 PM 1.0 1,308
MAN WITH A PLAN – F CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 1.0 1,296
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,268
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.0 1,242
19 THE LAST DAYS OF MICHAEL JACKSON – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,222
SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS Weds. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,101
21 CELEBRITY NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,070
THE FLASH – F CW Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,035
NASCAR M.E. CUP – COCA-COLA 600 FOX Sun. 6:23 PM 0.8 1,017
MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 0.8 1,011
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT – S NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.8 992
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? ABC Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.8 988
MOM – R CBS Mon. 9:30 PM 0.8 974

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for May 21-27, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS – F CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,071
2 ROSEANNE – F ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,582
3 THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 8,776
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,774
5 AMERICAN IDOL – F ABC Mon. 9:00 PM 8,677
6 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,667
7 SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 7,330
8 THE MIDDLE – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 7,088
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,717
10 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 6,622
11 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 6,315
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,285
13 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 6,195
14 LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,120
15 THE VOICE – R NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 6,095
16 MAN WITH A PLAN – F CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 5,692
17 THE LAST DAYS OF MICHAEL JACKSON – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,549
18 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 5,532
19 EMPIRE – F FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 5,300
20 INSTINCT CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 5,160
21 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 5,039
22 INSTINCT CBS Sun. 9:00 PM 4,684
23 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS Weds. 10:30 PM 4,647
24 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 4,556
25 MOM – R CBS Mon. 9:30 PM 4,363

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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