Staying true to its name, CBS reality veteran “Survivor” continued to outlast most of its competition in its 30th season, with last week’s finale drawing 9.73 million viewers — up about 180,000 viewers from last year — and ranking fifth among all shows for the week of May 18-24.
It was one of the week’s three finales for long-running reality shows, with ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” earning the mirror-ball ratings trophy as the week’s most-watched series with 13.4 million viewers, even if this was down more than 10% from last year’s 15.1 million; the previous night’s final performance show actually fared better with 14.3 million viewers.
The conclusion of NBC’s “The Voice” also made the top five with 11.55 million, down just a bit from last year, according to Nielsen. It’s likely both “Dancing” and “The Voice” would have fared even better if they didn’t oppose each other on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, it was a season low for ABC’s “Modern Family” (7.1 million), as the tried and true comedy may have suffered due to a lead-in from the premiere of seven-night gameshow “500 Questions” (5.05 million). The Alphabet’s “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs,” which consistently provide strong lead-in support for “Modern Family,” wrapped their seasons during the previous week.
“The Flash,” which this season became the CW’s most-watched series ever, wrapped its rookie season with 3.8 million viewers. The network will continue to race onward with the superhero craze by launching the “Flash”-“Arrow” spinoff “Legends of Tomorrow” next season.
Despite low numbers across the board, and a late-week drop off due to Memorial Day weekend, CBS remained on top of the networks for a 13th straight week (6.1 million viewers) to cap another winning season. NBC (5.6 million) edged out ABC (5.4 million) for second.
TNT and ESPN were the top cable networks for the week thanks to NBA Playoffs action. The Sunday contest on TNT between Atlanta and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals was the week’s most-watched cable program with 7.76 million viewers, and ESPN’s telecast of Thursday’s game between Houston and Golden State in the Western Conference Finals ranked second with 6.87 million.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” remained the most-watched cable series (5.4 million) but hit a season low on the holiday weekend.
For the week of May 18 to May 24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), 14.3 million; “Dancing With the Stars: The Results” (ABC), 13.4 million; “The Voice – Tuesday” (NBC), 11.5 million; “The Voice – Monday” (NBC), 11.3 million; “Survivor” (CBS), 9.7 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), 9.3 million; “NCIS” (CBS), 9.1 million; “Big Bang Theory” (CBS), 8.1 million; “The Voice- Tue. 8 p.m.” (NBC), 7.8 million; “Mike & Molly” (CBS), 7.7 million.