Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Thursday, June 2, 2016

Note: ABC’s live coverage of the NBA Finals will result in great than usual adjustments in the final nationals.

The numbers for Thursday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 2.9/12 9.17
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.5/6 7.69
Bones (FOX) 0.9/4 4.49
Strong (NBC) – F 0.6/3 2.65
Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) – R 3.1/12 8.90
Life in Pieces (CBS) – R 1.2/5 5.64
9 p.m. NBA Finals Game 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) 6.0/21 15.58
Mom (CBS) – R 1.0/4 5.24
American Grit (FOX) 0.7/2 2.08
Game of Silence (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) 0.5/2 2.23
Beauty and the Beast (The CW) – P 0.2/1 0.83
9:30 p.m. The Odd Couple (CBS) – R 0.8/3 4.25
10 p.m. Code Black (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.73


The opening game of the NBA Finals scored a huge win for ABC Thursday, averaging a 6.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.58 million viewers, pending updates. Ratings for the game itself will likely go up in the finals, while “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” and “NBA Countdown” will probably come down.

In the overnight metered markets, Game 1 scored a 13.1 household rating, ABC’s best series opener since it started airing the finals in 2003. It’s up a bit from a 12.9 for Game 1 last year.

The premiere of “Beauty and the Beast’s” final season on The CW managed only a 0.2. “Bones” (0.9) was even with last week for FOX, while “American Grit” rose two tenths of a point to 0.7. “Strong” finished its run on NBC with a 0.6, down 0.1, and two hours of “Game of Silence” averaged 0.5.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.0/18 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 13.40 5.05 3.29 2.37 0.82


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (delayed by NBA Finals): 1.5/9, 2.7/8

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.6/3, 1.8/5

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.2/1, 1.6/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline” (delayed): 0.9/7, 1.9/7

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/1, 0.8/3

: 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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