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Black Cable & TV Ratings for Week of May 1 - 7
TNT remains most watched cable network, thanks to NBA Playoffs; CBS most-watched TV net title


(May 16, 2017) The NBA Playoffs moved into the second during the first week of May, and interest in the games among Black viewers boomed. TNT benefited the most with 12.4 million following the basketball games. VH1 claimed 7.6 million viewers for its most popular show, while ESPN attracted seven million to it seven NBA games. The OWN network notched 4.2 million for its Top 25 shows.

The broadcast networks found it difficult to compete for Black viewers against cable’s offering for the week. CBS had 8.4 million for its to[ shows, followed by ABC with 6.8 million and NBC with 6.1 million.

Cable's top 25 in Black homes had a total of 35.8 million viewers, and broadcast nets' most popular shows rose slightly over the previous week to 27.5 million, according to Nielsen data.


Top 25 Cable TV Shows in Black Households

Rank

Program

Network

% AA
Homes

%
AAs
P2+

AA
Viewers
(000)

1

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

9.9

15.8

1,912

2

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

9.4

15.4

1,931

3

NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS

ESPN

9.4

16.1

1,967

4

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

9.3

14.8

1,928

5

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

9.2

14.9

1,884

6

LOVE HIP HOP ATL SPECIALS

VH1

9.1

14.5

1,794

7

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

9.1

14.8

1,816

8

NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS

ESPN

8.8

15.7

1,852

9

BASKETBALL WIVES 6

VH1

8.6

13.0

1,747

10

IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG

OWN

8.6

13.6

1,667

11

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

8.4

14.3

1,807

12

NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS

ESPN

8.2

13.4

1,712

13

T.I. AND TINY 6

VH1

7.7

11.7

1,554

14

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

7.7

12.7

1,553

15

NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS

ESPN

7.4

13.6

1,491

16

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2

TNT

7.3

12.5

1,500

17

REAL HOUSEWIVES POTOMAC

BRAVO

6.3

9.7

1,203

18

GREENLEAF

OWN

6.2

9.7

1,237

19

LOVE HIP HOP ATL SPECIALS

VH1

4.9

8.0

1,002

20

BLACK INK CREW 5

VH1

4.8

7.8

886

21

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

4.4

7.0

906

22

GREENLEAF

OWN

3.5

5.5

698

23

IYANLA, FIX MY LIFE

OWN

3.5

6.1

657

24

BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES

WETV

3.4

5.3

629

25

LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL

MSNBC

3.0

4.7

530

Top 25 Broadcast TV Shows in Black Households

Rank

Program

Network

% AA
Homes

%
AAs
P2+

AA
Viewers
(000)

1

EMPIRE

FOX

19.1

9.5

3,813

2

NBA PLAYOFFS ON ABC-SA2

ABC

10.3

5.3

2,147

3

SCANDAL

ABC

9.0

4.0

1,618

4

SHOTS FIRED

FOX

8.1

3.8

1,539

5

GREY'S ANATOMY

ABC

6.1

2.8

1,107

6

DANCING WITH THE STARS

ABC

5.9

2.8

1,127

7

LITTLE BIG SHOTS

NBC

5.7

3.1

1,266

8

BLUE BLOODS

CBS

5.0

2.3

922

9

NCIS

CBS

4.9

2.3

944

10

VOICE-TUE

NBC

4.8

2.3

924

11

BULL

CBS

4.7

2.2

894

12

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

CBS

4.7

2.2

889

13

THE BIG BANG THEORY

CBS

4.6

2.1

857

14

THE CATCH

ABC

4.6

2.0

806

15

VOICE

NBC

4.5

2.2

869

16

HAWAII FIVE-0

CBS

4.5

2.2

896

17

CHICAGO JUSTICE

NBC

4.5

2.3

910

18

NBA COUNTDOWN-SA2

ABC

4.3

2.1

840

19

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

CBS

4.2

1.9

774

20

60 MINUTES

CBS

4.0

2.0

806

21

CHICAGO PD

NBC

4.0

1.8

733

22

SHADES OF BLUE

NBC

3.9

1.9

752

23

THE BIG BANG THEORY, SPC

CBS

3.8

1.8

706

24

SCORPION

CBS

3.7

1.8

730

25

CHICAGO FIRE

NBC

3.6

1.7

665





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