NBC ’s Saturday Night Live had its most-watched season finale since 2011, averaging 8.3 million viewers and a primetime-topping 2.3 rating among A18-49 in Live+SD Nielsens. Overall, season 42 was SNL’s most-watched season in 23 years, with viewership peaking on February 11 with 10.8 million viewers.
Opposite the Billboard Music Awards on ABC, the season 5 finale of CBS’s Elementary drew a season low 4.1 million viewers and matched a season low .5 among A18-49 on Sunday. The season ender of NBC’s Shades of Blue also tied series lows of 3.8 million viewers and .7 in the demo. ABC’s awards show delivered 7.7 million viewers and 2.3 among A18-49, down 21% and 28%, respectively, versus last year.
The season one finale of Univision’s El Chapo reached 3.5 million total viewers 2+. The first co-production between Story House Entertainment (Univision’s development and production arm) and Netflix, which averaged 1.5 million total viewers 2+, 732,000 A18-49 and 302,000 A18-34, will return for season 2 in September.
MSNBC topped cable news nets last week in primetime with 2.44 million total viewers and 610,000 among A25-54. Fox News was second in viewers with 2.41 million, followed by 1.65 for CNN, but CNN ranked second in the news demo in primetime, with 588,000.
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of May 15, 2017
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
Billboard Music Awards (ABC) 5346, 2466, 2880
The Voice (NBC) 1039, 162, 877
2017 NBA Draft Lottery (ESPN) 520, 301, 219
The Voice (NBC) 518, 260, 258
Empire (FOX) 491, 417, 74
WWE Backlash (PPV) 401, 216, 185
Supernatural (CW) 395, 289, 106
Scandal (ABC) 364, 242, 122
Twin Peaks: The Return (Showtime) 320, 256, 64
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 278, 198, 80
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of May 15, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 7503, 95, 79, 141130
E! News (E!) 4739, 879, 5, 29453
The Late Late Show (CBS) 2747, 159, 17, 3593
Today Show (NBC) 1851, 633, 3, 11657
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1650, 54, 31, 29282
The Tonight Show (NBC) 1496, 163, 9, 19848
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 1260, 956, 1, 13109
Good Morning America (ABC) 1245, 586, 2, 11718
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 1098, 109, 10, 9043
Saturday Night Live (NBC) 952, 101, 9, 10284
includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers
Top 12 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of May1, 2017
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
Modern Family (ABC) 1.7/3.2/1.5
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.5/4.0/1.5
Designated Survivor (ABC) .9/2.3/1.4
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/3.1/1.3
Empire (FOX) .1/93/1/1.2
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/2.4/1.1
Blacklist (NBC) .8/1.8/1.0
Law and Order: SVU (NBC) 1.0/2.01.0
Chicago PD (NBS) 1.2/2.2/1.0
Criminal Minds (CBS) 1.5/2.4/.9
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.1/2.0.9
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.2/2.1/.9
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, May 19, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
Undercover Boss 3.2/7, I Love Lucy Superstar Special 2.3/4, Blue Bloods 3.1/6
First Dates 2.1/4, Dateline 3.5/7
The Toy Box 1.6/3, 20/20 1.9/4
Maid in Manhattan 1.3/3
Rosa de Guadalupe .9/2Doble Vida e Carrillo .9/2, La Piloto .9/2
El Capo .5/1, Querida Centauro .5/1, Querida Centauro .5/1
Originals .6/1, Reign .5/1
Friday A19-49: NBC .9/4, ABC .6/3, CBS .6/3, UNI .6/3, FOX .4/2, TELE .3/1, CW .2/1
Jana Winograde has been tapped to serve as President of Business Operations at Showtime Networks. Most recently, Winograde was Executive Vice President, Head of Business Operations at ABC Entertainment.
Veteran showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly on May 22. He was 52. McCall, who got his start as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, had been co-executive producer on Fuller House and had numerous credits on comedies including Just Shoot Me, Modern Men, I’m With Her and Last Man Standing.
This Day in History: 1969 – The Who’s rock opera Tommy was released.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In what classic mystery series did Patrick McGoohan guest in the third episode in each of four seasons? Columbo. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Andrew Goldman-TVtibi/NYC, Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Dennis Maguire-Apple/Tampa, FL, Will Allmendinger-ClearChannel/Chicago, John Kukla-KDFW-KDFI/Dallas, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA
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