NBA Finals Game 1 scores an easy ratings win for ABC; Bad Robot plans docuseries based on Elizabeth Taylor
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||3.9/13||0.9/4||0.9/4||0.5/2||0.2/1|
|Total Viewers (millions)||11.25||5.31||4.43||1.76||0.7|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Thursday, May 31, 2018
|8 p.m.||Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC)||2.5/11||8.61|
|The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R||1.1/5||6.67|
|America’s Got Talent (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R||1.0/4||5.06|
|Masterchef (FOX) – R||0.5/2||1.91|
|Supernatural (The CW) – R||0.2/1||0.8|
|8:30 p.m.||NBA Countdown (ABC)||3.0/11||9.19|
|Young Sheldon (CBS) – R||1.1/5||6.58|
|9 p.m.||NBA Finals Game 1 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.)||5.1/17||13.61|
|Mom (CBS) – R||0.9/4||5.37|
|Beat Shazam (FOX) – R||0.4/2||1.61|
|Black Lightning (The CW) – R||0.1/1||0.6|
|9:30 p.m.||Life in Pieces (CBS) – R||0.7/3||4.04|
|10 p.m.||World of Dance (NBC) – R||0.7/3||3.17|
|SWAT (CBS) – R||0.6/3||3.88|
- ABC cruised to an easy win on Thursday, with its 2-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The game itself scored a 5.1 among adults 18-49 and brought in 13.61 million eyeballs. In the hour preceding the game start, a special JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT grabbed a 2.5 rating and 8.61 million viewers, which only grew in the next half-hour as fans watched the NBA COUNTDOWN (3.0/9.19mm).
- Unsurprisingly, the rest of the broadcast networks took the night off against the basketball opener, with re-airings of BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON topping ratings amongst the rerun field, both scoring 1.1s with 18-49s.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, May 29, 2018
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,195||0.7|
|BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,359||0.5|
|DEADLIEST CATCH||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,839||0.5|
|CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST||USA||10:00 PM||1,455||0.5|
|LAST OG, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||1,165||0.5|
|HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||1,899||0.4|
|QUEEN SUGAR||OWN||10:00 PM||1,483||0.4|
|CHALLENGE: CHAMPS STARS||MTV||10:00 PM||627||0.4|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,124||0.4|
|LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD||TLC||9:00 PM||1,639||0.4|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,451||0.4|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,048||0.4|
|EXPEDITION UNKNOWN||DISCOVERY||10:02 PM||1,221||0.3|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,241||0.3|
|DEAD NORTH: N/A||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,356||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||767||0.3|
|GOOD BONES||HOME||9:00 PM||1,499||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||9:00 PM||1,142||0.3|
|DAILY SHOW||COMEDY||11:00 PM||812||0.3|
|MSNBC TOWN HALL||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,059||0.3|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,654||0.3|
|DEADLIEST CATCH SPC||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,156||0.3|
|HIDDEN POTENTIAL||HOME||10:00 PM||1,330||0.2|
- WWE SMACKDOWN on USA took the top spot on cable Tuesday night, scoring a 0.7 for a second week in a row. In the second position was BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN, up a tenth this week to 0.5, and DEADLIEST CATCH on Discovery followed closely behind, also scoring a 0.5.
- On the scripted side of cable, TBS’ THE LAST OG rose a tenth from a 0.4 to 0.5 this week, while the season premiere of OWN’S QUEEN SUGAR also brought in a 0.4, a noticeable three-tenths down from the premiere last year.
- Bad Robot and producer Glen Zipper have teamed up to create a docuseries based on the life and work of Elizabeth Taylor. The unnamed project aims to make the definitive look at one of Hollywood’s most iconic celebrities, focusing on her work as a trailblazer for women and how Taylor used her status as a force in her activism and charity work. With the project sanctioned and gaining support from Taylor’s estate, the team will also get access to private papers, records, and interviews with family, friends, and colleagues.
- Kelsey Grammar will replace Brian D’Arcy on the newly picked up Fox legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT. Grammar will play Gore Bellows, a hard-as-nails and tough-on-crime state’s attorney, who goes up against an underdog legal team committed to reopening investigations to exonerate the innocent who were “proven” guilty. The series is being produced by 20th Century TV and Danny Strong Productions.
- NBC may have passed on the Bad Boys spin-off starring Gabrielle Union, but the cop drama has been saved by…the Canadians. Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind LA’S FINEST, has struck a deal with Canadian broadcaster Bell Media to pick up the show for 13 episodes, which will air on one of its specialty entertainment channels. SPT is also closing in on final negotiations with Charter Communications to air the show in the US.