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Weekly Ratings: NBA Finals, Strong Start for ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Keep ABC on Top

Monster numbers for the concluding game of the NBA Finals helped ABC stay atop the primetime ratings leaderboard for a third straight week, but the net also got nice contributions from new series.

The premiere of “Celebrity Family Feud,” which last aired in primetime on NBC in 2008, performed very well on Sunday (2.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 8.66 million viewers overall), edging out NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as the week’s No. 1 series telecast in 18-49, according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates.

The 2.4 rating is the best for any summer series launch since CBS’ “Under the Dome” two years ago, and the best for a summer unscripted series since NBC’s “The Voice” results show in June 2011. In total viewers, meanwhile, the Alphabet bagged its largest regular-series audience in the Sunday-at-8 hour in 10 years.

“Feud” was followed by the premiere of “Battlebots” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 5.44 million viewers overall), which was the No. 2 premiere of summer in 18-49. It had an unusual skew for ABC, with men making up about 55% of the show’s 18-49 audience.

Oft-delayed drama “The Astronaut Wives Club,” launched Thursday (1.1/5 in 18-49, 5.51 million viewers overall) and was the week’s top-rated ad-supported scripted original in the demo. ABC actually had the week’s top three series, with “Astronaut” followed by rookie “The Whispers” (0.88 rating) and the third-season premiere of “Mistresses” (0.86).

As for basketball, the Golden State Warriors’ series-clinching victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 averaged a 8.9/29 in adults 18-49 and 23.25 million viewers overall, capping the most-watched NBA Finals in 17 years.

NBC did most of its damage early in the week, dominating Monday with Game 6 of hockey’s Stanley Cup Final (2.8/10 in 18-49, 8.01 million viewers overall) and claiming Tuesday’s top series score with “America’s Got Talent”  (2.3/8 in 18-49, 10.18 million viewers overall), which was also the week’s most-watched series overall.

The Peacock got little production out of its four scripted series airing last week: “Aquarius” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.33 million viewers overall) and “Hannibal” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.69 million viewers overall) on Thursday and “A.D. The Bible Continues” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.91 million viewers overall) and “American Odyssey” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 2.20 million viewers overall) on Sunday. “Hannibal” was canceled by the network earlier this week, though it will get to finish all 13 episodes of its current season 3, and it’s doubtful “A.D.” will return to NBC for another season.

Fox saw mixed results for its sports-heavy week, as FIFA Women’s World Cup action (USA vs. Nigeria) scored on Tuesday (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.04 million viewers overall) and the final round of golf’s U.S. Open did OK on Sunday (1.3/6 in 18-49, 6.69 million). But in between, golf produced modest ratings on Thursday (0.7/3, 3.00 million), Friday (0.6/3, 2.89 million) and Saturday (0.7/4, 4.23 million).

There wasn’t much change in the net’s reality pecking order, with “MasterChef” (1.5/6 in 18-49) remaining its top-rated show. On the scripted front, “Wayward Pines” had the week off but the show hit a series-high 18-49 rating (2.4) in Live+7 for its June 4 episode.

Things remained quiet at a pre-“Big Brother” CBS, with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat (1.6/7 in 18-49) towering over everything else in a week that featured only one firstrun program: Wednesday’s “The Briefcase” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 5.21 million viewers overall).

In cable, TNT’s “The Last Ship” had a surprisingly low second-season premiere (0.69/2 in 18-49, 2.94 million viewers overall) even if this still made it among the week’s top 5 scripted originals in 18-49. During its strong rookie season, “Ship” never went below a 1 demo rating or 4 million total viewers in same-night ratings.

Faring better was “Rizzoli & Isles” (0.75/2 in 18-49, 4.39 million viewers overall), which was below where it started and ended last summer (1.0 demo rating and more than 5 million total viewers) but outperformed its batch of episodes to air this past winter. Its lead-out on Tuesday was the series premiere of “Proof,” which posted uninspired numbers (0.37 in 18-49, 2.66 million viewers overall).

USA drama “Complications” opened quietly Thursday (0.41 rating in 18-49, 1.91 million viewers overall), leaving it in the vicinity of last summer’s dramas premieres of “Rush” (0.39, 1.70 million) and “Satisfaction” (0.49, 1.71 million).

At FX, the season 2 premiere of “Tyrant” (0.30 rating in 18-49, 1.06 million viewers overall), airing opposite Game 6 of the NBA Finals, was down sharply from last season’s “live plus same-day” averages (0.54, 1.55 million) but it meaningfully trimmed those deficits in early DVR playback numbers. “Tyrant” posted FX’s largest-ever Live+3 lifts — and one of the biggest on any network to date — in both 18-49 (up 149% to 0.74) and total viewers (up 121% to 2.35 million).

HBO’s second-season premiere of “True Detective” drew a solid 3.17 million viewers on Sunday (the show’s second largest same-night audience to date), and was followed by a promising premiere for Dwayne Johnson-fronted series “Ballers” (2.16 million), which drew the most viewers for a comedy on the premium network since the finale of “Entourage” nearly four years ago.

AMC’s premiere of docudrama “The Making of the Mob: New York” (0.32 rating in 18-49, 1.18 million viewers overall), the net’s latest original program slated for Mondays, rose to 0.47 in the demo and 1.7 million total viewers in Live+3. When including two premiere-night encores, the first part of the eight-part series drew 2.9 million total viewers, including about 1.2 million adults 25-54 and 1 million adults 18-49.

In its second week, GSN’s body painting competition series “Skin Wars” saw sizable gains from its week-earlier season premiere in both adults 18-49 (0.23 rating from 0.13) and total viewers (776,000 from 540,000). These are the best scores for any original telecast on the network this calendar year.


(Week of June 15-21, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
ABC                            1.7/7
NBC                            1.2/5
Fox                             1.2/5
UNI                             0.76/3
CBS                            0.74/3
TEL                             0.50/2
CW                             0.27/1

Total Viewers (in millions)
ABC                          6.00
Fox                           4.92
CBS                          4.90
NBC                         4.51
UNI                          2.14
TEL                          1.13
CW                           0.88

(Week of June 15-21, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49
1.  NBA Finals, Game 6-Tuesday (ABC), 8.9/29
2.  NHL Stanley Cup Final, Game 6-Monday (NBC), 2.8/10
3.  Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), 2.4/10
4.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 2.3/8
5.  NBA Countdown, Game 6-Tuesday (ABC), 2.2/9
6.  Battlebots (ABC), 1.9/7
7.  FIFA Women’s World Cup-Tuesday (Fox), 1.8/7
7.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 1.8/6
9.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 1.6/7
10.  MasterChef (Fox), 1.5/6
11.  20/20 (ABC), 1.4/6
11.  Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night-Tuesday (ABC), 1.4/5
11.  Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta (VH1), 1.4/5
11.  True Detective (HBO), 1.4/5
15.  American Ninja Warrior, Wednesday-r (NBC), 1.3/5
15.  Dateline-Thursday (NBC), 1.3/4
15.  I Can Do That (NBC), 1.3/4
15.  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 1.3/4
15.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.3/4
20.  Mike & Molly, Thursday-r (CBS), 1.2/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  NBA Finals, Game 6-Tuesday (ABC), 23.25
2.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 10.18
3.  Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), 8.66
4.  NHL Stanley Cup Final, Game 6-Monday (NBC), 8.00
5.  NCIS-r (CBS), 7.45
6.  20/20 (ABC), 7.26
7.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 7.21
8.  NBA Countdown, Game 6-Tuesday (ABC), 6.57
9.  Dateline-Thursday (NBC), 6.31
10.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 6.29
11.  60 Minutes (CBS), 6.09
12.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 6.04
13.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 6.00
14.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 5.90
15.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 5.68
16.  Mike & Molly, Thursday-r (CBS), 5.52
17.  Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), 5.51
18.  Battlebots (ABC), 5.44
19.  CSI: Cyber (CBS), 5.27
20.  Mike & Molly (CBS), 5.22

1.  The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), 1.08 rating
2.  The Whispers (ABC), 0.88
3.  Mistresses (ABC), 0.86
4.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 0.75
5.  Pretty Little Liars (ABC), 0.74
6.  The Last Ship (TNT), 0.69
7.  A.D. The Bible Continues (NBC), 0.68
8.  The Game (BET), 0.63
9.  Major Crimes (TNT), 0.52
10.  Power (Starz), 0.50

Each 18-49 ratings point represents about 1.27 million viewers


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