On a night that saw the Golden State Warriors comes back in the NBA Western Conference Finals to beat the series-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 5 on TNT, and ESPN had the eminently watchable 88th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Big 4 took a breath after wrapping the 2015-2016 season and heading into the long Memorial Day weekend
With that, last night’s two-hour Red Nose Day (0.6/2) special on NBC raised more than $31.5 million for charities that help children in need. Hosted by Craig Ferguson and star-packed with cast members of The Walking Dead, Kobe Bryant, Margot Robbie, Tyler Perry, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Elton John, Julia Roberts, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Tracy Morgan, Blake Shelton, Will Ferrell and more, the second annual U.S. Red Nose Day declined 25% among adults 18-49 from its inaugural three-hour show on May 21 last year. NBC opened its Thursday with reality series Strong (0.7/3), which was up a tenth over its May 19 show.
Take a look at the TWD skit from last night’s Red Nose Day here:
It was another win for the NBA and TNT, with last night’s anticipated Game 5 getting a 7.6 household rating – a rise of 12% over Game 4 and a surge of 44% over TNT’s last comparative series Game 5 back in 2014 with the Thunder-San Antonio Spurs matchup. Overall, that’s the best result TNT has had during this NBA Playoffs so far. This year’s Western Conference Finals series is up 44% over the 2014 series with a 6.6 HH rating.
CBS and the CW were all encores last night while ABC’s only original offering was the two-hour Season 2 debut of 500 Questions (0.9/3). Back for a five-night run, the game show created by Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell saw a 25% drop from its May 20 debut of last year, a Wednesday, when it faced a Survivor finale and was the lead-in to the season ender of Modern Family. Fox’s Bones (0.8/3) and American Grit (0.5/2) were both down a tenth from the final number of their May 19 episodes.
Even with a full night of repeats, the House Of Moonves won the first night of the offseason with a 1.0/4 rating and 5.05 million viewers.