Wednesday, May 25, 2022

TV Ratings: NBA Playoffs Score For ESPN, TNT

Last week’s No. 1 program was the Golden State-Dallas conference finals matchup in which the Warriors extended their winning streak to three out of three. The first two games were among the top 10 programs, with playoff games overall claiming a quarter of the top 20, according to The Associated Press citing Nielsen figures released Tuesday.

Viewers fit in time for favorite series including CBS’ “FBI,” whose next-to-last episode for the season the most-watched drama. The network pulled this week’s season finale because its plot, about a cache of guns linked to a student, was deemed too close to Tuesday’s mass killings at a Texas elementary school.

CBS was the top network prime time television, averaging 4.4 million viewers. ABC had 3.74 million viewers, NBC had 2.95 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 950,000 and Telemundo had 800,000.

📺Top 20 Primetime Shows (Total Viewers)

  1. NBA Playoffs: Golden State at Dallas (Sunday), TNT, 7.42 million.
  2. “FBI,” CBS, 7.15 million.
  3. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.06 million.
  4. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 6.79 million.
  5. NBA Playoffs: Dallas at Golden State (Friday), TNT, 6.77 million.
  6. NBA Playoffs: Dallas at Golden State (Wednesday), TNT, 6.52 million.
  7. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.51 million.
  8. “American Idol,” ABC, 6.49 million.
  9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.28 million.
  10. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.24 million.
  11. NBA Playoffs: Boston at Miami (Tuesday), ESPN, 6.07 million.
  12. NBA Playoffs: Boston at Miami (Thursday), ESPN, 6.05 million.
  13. “FBI: International,” CBS, 5.82 million.
  14. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.7 million.
  15. “911,” Fox, 5.56 million.
  16. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 5.5 million.
  17. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.47 million.
  18. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 5.46 million.
  19. “Bob Hearts Abishola,” CBS, 5.33 million.
  20. “This Is Us,” NBC, 5.32 million.


ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race with an average of 7.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” averaged 6.1 million viewers and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.5 million. 

Despite a decline, for the sixth consecutive week, World News Tonight was the most-watched show (in total viewers) on U.S. TV, excluding sports and syndicated programming



On the strength of the basketball playoffs, TNT led the cable networks with a 2.78 million viewer average. ESPN had 2.27 million, Fox News Channel had 2.26 million, MSNBC had 884956,000 and HGTV had 927,000.

Graphics Courtesy of RoadMN (w/permisson)

Graphics Courtesy of RoadMN (w/permisson)

Americans flocked to Fox News last week for information and analysis during a jam-packed news cycle as the economy, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, COVID, violence across the nation and all-things politics continue to dominate headlines. 

Fox News averaged 1.5 million viewers from May 16-22, thumping all of basic cable as no other network surpassed one-million viewers. ESPN finished second with an average audience of 831,000 while TNT finished third with 788,000 average viewers. 

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., topping all basic cable competitors except for the NBA Playoffs-heavy TNT and ESPN. Fox News crushed other cable news offerings in the category, as MSNBC averaged 910,000 viewers and CNN failed to crack the top ten with a dismal average viewership of only 597,000. It was the 45th consecutive week that Fox News outdrew CNN and MSNBC combined during primetime.

Meanwhile, A little more than a month after Warner Bros. Discovery announced it was pulling the plug on CNN+, CNN began laying off affected staffers today, multiple sources told TVNewser.

It is unclear how many people are affected in total, but approximately 23 staffers in CNN’s Hudson Yards offices were told today that their positions were being eliminated, according to a source. Another source confirmed that layoffs had occurred but noted that the company is still trying to place those impacted CNN+ staffers in other positions around CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery.

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