Thursday was a night of romance, fatal revelations and some intense basketball on the small screen as ESPN scored with the NBA playoffs.
Giving California a good name again, the Golden State Warriors’ 115-104 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 2 of their series snagged a 3.5 metered market rating for the Disney-owned sports giant in the second game of a doubleheader. That’s the best any playoff game this year has done for ESPN. Earlier, the Washington Wizards’ dominating 116-89 victory over the Boston Celtics snared a 3.1 MM result, an 11% increase over the comparable matchup in 2016.
Over on the Big 4, the big show of the night was again The Big Bang Theory (2.4/11), which was even with its series-low fast affiliate of last week; that April 27 demo number went up two tenths in the finals, so we may see some sort of adjustment this week. The CBS sitcom was still the night’s top-rated and most-watched (11.88 million) show, giving the House of Moonves a No. 1 finish overall in both metrics with a 1.4/6 and 7.10 million tuning in.
Overall, CBS’ night was an improvement over last week, with Mom (1.5/6), Life In Pieces (1.2/5) and The Amazing Race (0.9/4) rising two tenths, a tenth and two tenths, respectively.
With its big reveal of who killed Jason Blossom, Thursday’s Riverdale (0.4/2) also was up a tenth for the CW. The Archie Comics-based series’ lead-in, Supernatural (0.5/2), stayed the same as last week. Fox’s only original of the night was 8 PM’s MasterChef Junior (0.9/3), which cooked up a 29% key demo rise over the fast affiliates of its April 27 show – which went up a tenth in adjusted numbers.
Riverdale’s finale is next week, but NBC’s Superstore (0.8/3) closed out its second season at 8: 30 PM last night with a long-awaited kiss. Unfortunately, that was a bit anti-climatic ratingswise as the comedy was flat with last week’s season low. Even looks pretty good when you put last night’s Superstore next to the show’s Season 1 finale of February 22, 2016. Last night’s show was down a hard 43% from that Monday night’s 8 PM Season 1 ender.
The Comcast-owned net saw Chicago Med go up a tenth (1.1/4) and The Blacklist (0.8/3) flat compared with its April 27 episode.
On ABC’s TGIT lineup, Grey’s Anatomy (1.7/7), Scandal (1.3/5) and The Catch (0.6/2) were steady. The medical drama matched its April 27 fast affiliates, which rose a tenth later. The DC drama was down a tenth, and The Catch was the same as its adjusted-down final number of last week.