Two summer staples, Fox’s So You Think You Dance and ABC’s Mistresses, made a quiet return on an unusually busy Memorial Day that featured the deciding Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals on TNT, Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC, and the debut of the high-profile Roots remake across the A+E Networks.
With a 96-88 win by current champs the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma City Thunder, TNT pulled in a record-breaking 11.2 household metered market rating – easily topping all of TV last night, that’s the best any NBA game, regular season or playoffs, have ever done on cable. Overall, TNT’s Western Conference finals coverage were up 47% over the last time they had the series back in 2014. (Ratings for Roots are not available yet.)
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Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance kicked off its first Next Generation installment with 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.0 fast national rating in adults 18-49. The numbers, likely all-time premiere lows, were down from last summer’s regular SYTYCD season opener (4 million, 1.3 in 18-49) but it aired a week later, not on a holiday. SYTYCD: Next Gen was up from the most recent Season 12 finale (2.4 million, 0.8). The dance reality series was followed by Houdini & Doyle (0.5 in 18-49), which was down a tenth (-20%) from last week to season lows.
ABC’s two-hour The Bachelorette (1.6) also was down -20% (0.4) from its season opener last week but matched its demo delivery on Memorial Day last year. Season 4 of Mistresses debuted at 10 PM with a 0.7 in 18-49, down from its two-hour Season 3 premiere, which aired a few weeks later on Thursday. Mistresses was up a notch from its Season 3 finale (0.6).
In the fast nationals, ABC (1.3 in 18-49) was able to squeak past NBC, which averaged a 1.2 with Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, but that rating is not time-zone adjusted. CBS aired repeats, followed by Person of Interest (0.8), which dipped a tenth from last week.
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