'Talent,' 'Ninja' top shows as holiday saps ratings

Ratings for reality series on NBC and ABC were down week to week due in part to the Memorial Day holiday, but the Peacock prevailed on the night as ”America’s Got Talent” and ”American Ninja Warrior” were the top demo draws. ESPN was expected to win the night with its NBA playoff action.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s ”America’s Got Talent” was easily the night’s top series in both adults 18-49 (2.7 rating/8 share) and total viewers (10 million) , in fact, it was the No. 1 series in all key adult categories. It was down about 15% week to week, as was 9 p.m. newcomer ”American Ninja Warrior” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall).

At ABC, ”The Bachelorette” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) moved into its new 8-10 p.m. timeslot and dropped 25% from last week when it aired later, following ”Dancing With the Stars.” The dating show placed second to NBC in its first three half-hours and then edged past ”Ninja Warrior” at 9:30 (2.1 to 2.0). Closing out the night was a repeat ”Castle” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

CBS aired repeats of its Monday scripted series and saw similar results across the night: ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), ”Mike and Molly” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall).

Fox, whose ”Hell’s Kitchen” and ”Master Chef” bow on the night next week, served up two encores of ”House” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 0.8/2 in 18-49 and 2.5 million viewers overall at 9), and CW aired repeats of ”Gossip Girl” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) and ”Hart of Dixie” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Univision won the night’s 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 with ”La Que No Podia Amar” (The One Who Couldn’t Love), which did a 1.5/4 while drawing 3.6 million viewers overall.

Early ratings weren’t available for Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics on ESPN, but the net was expected to easily take the night among adults 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.9/5; ABC, 1.5/4; CBS and Univision, 1.2/3; Fox, 0.8/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 6.2 million; ABC, 5.2 million; CBS, 5.1 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.4 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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