The season finale of “Empire” and the penultimate “Dancing With the Stars” of the season lead the broadcast ratings for the week of May 22.

“Empire” scored a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 with its finale, its highest in eight episodes. It was half a point clear of the No. 2 show of the week, Monday’s edition of “The Voice.”

“Dancing With the Stars” grabbed the biggest total audience with 10.54 million viewers (about 1.6 million more than its finale the next night). It was the only show to get above the 10 million mark.

The week encompassed the final three days of the Nielsen-measured TV season and the first four days of the summer period.

Here are the network standings for the week of May 22-28 and the season to date.

May 22-28 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/4 (2t) 0.7/3 (4t) 0.4/2 (6) 0.9/4 (2t) 1.0/4 (1) 0.3/1 (7) 0.7/3 (4t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.56 (3) 5.21 (1) 1.32 (6) 3.26 (4) 4.63 (2) 0.81 (7) 1.65 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.6/6 (4) 1.8/7 (2t) 0.7/2 (5) 1.8/7 (2t) 2.0/8 (1) 0.6/2 (6t) 0.6/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.21 (3) 9.58 (1) 1.82 (5) 5.79 (4) 8.07 (2) 1.49 (7) 1.81 (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 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 EMPIRE – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 2.5 3,197
2 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,545
3 THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,482
SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,378
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,303
THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,290
7 DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.4 1,738
8 DIRTY DANCING – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,729
LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,700
SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS Weds. 10:14 PM 1.3 1,633
11 BEAT SHAZAM – P FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,526
12 THE FLASH -F CW Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,453
CELEBRITY NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,431
BULL – F CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,388
LOVE CONNECTION – P FOX Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.1 1,352
16 DOWNWARD DOG ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,277
GOTHAM FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,255
RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS – S NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,234
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,218
NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP – COCA COLA 600 FOX Sun. 6:25 PM 0.9 1,210
SHOTS FIRED – F FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,151
NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,122
RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,121
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR ALL-STARS – R NBC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,116
25 LUCIFER FOX Mon. 9:01 PM 0.8 1,072
AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – R ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
GREAT NEWS – F NBC Tues. 8:30 PM 0.8 976
DATELINE NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 971
DIANA: HER LIFE, HER DEATH, THE TRUTH – S CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 964


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op 25 broadcast shows in viewers for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,542
2 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,654
3 THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 9,346
4 DANCING WITH THE STARS – F ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 8,909
5 BULL – F CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 8,542
6 SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,376
7 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 8,300
8 EMPIRE – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 6,965
9 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 6,785
10 DIRTY DANCING – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 6,578
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,433
12 DIANA: HER LIFE, HER DEATH, THE TRUTH – S CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,150
13 LAW & ORDER: SVU – F NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,122
14 DOWNWARD DOG ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,736
15 SURVIVOR REUNION – S CBS Weds. 10:14 PM 5,710
BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 5,710
17 THE BACHELORETTE – P ABC Mon. 9:00 PM 5,670
18 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 4,982
19 NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP – COCA COLA 600 FOX Sun. 6:25 PM 4,636
20 48 HOURS: NCIS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,555
21 MACGYVER – R CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 4,471
22 SUPERIOR DONUTS – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 4,377
23 CELEBRITY NINJA WARRIOR – S NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,314
24 DATELINE NBC Fri. 9:00 PM 4,297
25 NCIS: LOS ANGELES – R CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 4,191

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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