Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, May 29, 2017

Note: NBC’s live broadcast of the Stanley Cup Finals may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.7/6 4.89
The Bachelorette (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.5/5 5.61
Gotham (FOX) 0.9/4 2.90
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.73
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 1.04
8:30 p.m. Man with a Plan (CBS) – R 0.6/3 3.63
9 p.m. Lucifer (FOX) – F 0.9/3 3.30
Superior Donuts (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.49
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.95
9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS) – R 0.5/2 2.86
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.94
10 p.m. Still Star-Crossed (ABC) – P 0.5/2 2.43
Scorpion (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.44


The NHL Stanley Cup Finals opened to stronger ratings than they did a year ago. Game 1 of the series between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins posted a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.89 million viewers Monday, pending updates for the live broadcast. That’s up from a preliminary 1.2 and 3.81 million for the series opener in 2016.

ABC’s premiere of “Still Star-Crossed” drew a so-so-for-summer 0.5, a little below the 0.6 average for “Mistresses” in the time period last year (and not far off recent episodes of “Quantico” in season). “The Bachelorette” came in at 1.5, down 0.3 from its premiere and similar to the week 2 decline from last season (2.0 to 1.6).

The season finale of “Lucifer” ticked up a tenth of a point to 0.9 on FOX. “Gotham” also posted a 0.9. CBS went with all reruns, while the premiere of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on The CW earned a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.7/6 1.2/5 0.9/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 4.89 4.55 3.10 3.43 0.99


Late-night talk shows all aired repeats Monday night.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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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