Live sports dominated the broadcast charts for the week of May 27.

ABC’s broadcasts of the first 2 games of the NBA Finals took the top 2 spots in the adults 18-49 demo – with matching 4.8 ratings – and in total viewers with 13.88 and 13.38 million viewer audiences, respectively.

Meanwhile, the season premiere of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the week’s highest-rated (1.7) and most-watched (9.75 million) non-sports broadcast.

In the network standings, ABC easily led the week with a 1.6 average rating in adults 18-49, double the 0.8 average that NBC scored in second place. ABC won the week in total viewers as well, with a 5.37 million viewer average, followed by NBC (3.92 million) in second place, CBS (3.91 million) in third, and FOX (2.03 million) in fourth.

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

May 27 – June 2 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.6/8 (1) 0.4/2 (4t) 0.2/1 (7) 0.5/3 (3) 0.8/4 (2) 0.4/2 (4t) 0.4/2 (4t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.37 (1) 3.91 (3) 0.65 (7) 2.03 (4) 3.92 (2) 1.09 (6) 1.25 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.3/6 (4) 1.5/7 (2t) 0.4/2 (5t) 1.5/7 (2t) 1.6/7 (1) 0.4/2 (5t) 0.4/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.63 (3) 8.79 (1) 1.33 (6) 5.24 (4) 7.13 (2) 1.20 (7) 1.38 (5)

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 27 – June 2, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 NBA FINALS ON ABC GAME 1 – S ABC Thurs. 8:59 PM 4.8 6,208
NBA FINALS ON ABC GAME 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:59 PM 4.8 6,147
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,133
4 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 – S NBC Mon. 8:09 PM 1.6 2,108
5 NBA COUNTDOWN – S ABC Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.4 1,834
6 THE BACHELORETTE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,475
SONGLAND – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.1 1,468
8 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,292
9 J. KIMMEL LIVE! GAME NIGHT – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,213
NBA COUNTDOWN – S ABC Sun. 7:31 PM 0.9 1,182
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,097
MASTERCHEF – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,095
13 THE AMAZING RACE CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,043
THE LION KING – R ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 991
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 990
YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 0.8 982
17 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 0.7 921
LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 0.7 869
24 HOURS TO HELL & BACK – R FOX Weds. 9:01 PM 0.7 854
20 BEAT SHAZAM FOX Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 812
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD – R ABC Mon. 10:01 PM 0.6 806
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – R NBC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 805
THE GOLDBERGS – R ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 797
J. KIMMEL LIVE! GAME NIGHT – S ABC Sun. 7:00 PM 0.6 794
20/20 ABC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 760
MODERN FAMILY – R ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 748
NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 738
THE INBETWEEN – P NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 735

Top 25 broadcast shows in total viewers for May 27 – June 2, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA FINALS ON ABC GAME 2 – S ABC Sun. 7:59 PM 13,887
2 NBA FINALS ON ABC GAME 1 – S ABC Thurs. 8:59 PM 13,382
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – P NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 9,751
4 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,007
5 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 6,140
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 6,025
7 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 5,864
8 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,582
9 SONGLAND – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 5,512
10 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 1 – S NBC Mon. 8:09 PM 5,269
11 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 5,113
12 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – P NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,837
13 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 4,803
14 NBA COUNTDOWN – S ABC Thurs. 8:31 PM 4,773
15 THE AMAZING RACE CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 4,748
16 THE BACHELORETTE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,677
17 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 4,515
18 BLOOD & TREASURE CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,234
19 WHISTLEBLOWER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 4,144
20 J. KIMMEL LIVE! GAME NIGHT – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,073
21 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,935
22 ELEMENTARY CBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,785
23 NCIS: CASES CAN’T FORGET – P CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,732
24 THE NEIGHBORHOOD – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,689
25 THE INBETWEEN – P NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,656

All program ratings are live + same-day.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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