NBC Sports Registers 2nd-Most Watched Premier League Season Ever





NBC Sports Registers 2nd-Most Watched Premier League Season Ever, with Record 12 Matches Topping 1 Million Viewers
For the ninth consecutive year, all 10 Premier League matches on the season’s final Sunday were presented live, simultaneously (11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET) across Peacock and the networks of NBCUniversal.
[via press release from NBC Sports]
NBC SPORTS REGISTERS 2ND-MOST WATCHED PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON EVER, WITH RECORD 12 MATCHES TOPPING 1 MILLION VIEWERS

Season Concludes with Most-Watched Championship Sunday Ever with Coverage Across Peacock and Networks of NBCUniversal

Peacock’s Second Season with Extensive Premier League Content Features More Than 200 Live Matches, Studio Shows, On Demand Replays and Premier League TV Channel

USA Network Becomes U.S. Cable Home of the Premier League

NBC Sports’ Premier League Mornings Studio Show Visits Iconic Venues Throughout Season

Washington, D.C. Tops Local Market Ratings for Full Season

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 24, 2022 – NBC Sports’ 2021-22 presentation of the Premier League – culminating on “Championship Sunday” with down-to-the-wire competition for the league title, top four positioning, and relegation – registered the second-most watched season in U.S. TV history (behind only 2015-16) and set big-game viewership records.

NBC Sports averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 507,000 viewers per TV match window (includes NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBCSN) for the 2021-22 season – second-best ever and up 21% from last season (414,000) (does not include exclusive Peacock streaming or Spanish-language telecasts).

In addition, a record 12 matches this season averaged a TAD of at least 1 million viewers – 50% above the prior record (eight in 2020-21 and 2015-16).

For the ninth consecutive year, all 10 Premier League matches on the season’s final Sunday were presented live, simultaneously (11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET) across Peacock and the networks of NBCUniversal – matching 2019 as the most-watched Championship Sunday ever with a TAD of 2.2 million viewers across all platforms.

Sunday’s Manchester City-Aston Villa match on NBC and Peacock posted a TAD of 955,000 viewers – marking the most-watched Championship Sunday match on record – while Liverpool-Wolverhampton Wolves on USA Network was the most-watched Championship Sunday cable match on record (681,000).

In addition, NBC Sports presented extensive final Sunday pre-match and post-game shows on Peacock and USA Network, with extra, exclusive coverage on Peacock. The post-match shows highlighted champions Manchester City once again lifting the trophy, interviews, and final thoughts and analysis on the 2021-22 season.

NBC SPORTS’ PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE TOURS ICONIC VENUES AND EVENTS

On Championship Sunday, NBC Sports’ commentary teams were onsite at both The Etihad and at Anfield with both Manchester City and Liverpool in title contention. Sunday’s trip culminated a season of visits to iconic venues and events for NBC Sports’ Premier League Live studio show:

Date Venue Event
Oct. 23-24 Los Angeles Coliseum Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest
Feb. 8-13 SoFi Stadium Home of Super Bowl LVI
April 8 St. James’ Park Newcastle v. Wolverhampton Wanderers
April 9 Villa Park Aston Villa v. Tottenham
April 10 Etihad Stadium Manchester City v. Liverpool
May 7 Churchill Downs 148th Kentucky Derby
May 22 Anfield* Liverpool v. Wolverhampton Wanderers
*live coverage also presented from The Etihad

PREMIER LEAGUE 2021-22 VIEWERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS

· Since kicking off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, NBC Sports has presented 28 of the 30 most-watched live Premier League matches ever in the U.S. across all platforms.

· NBC Sports kicked off the season with its most-watched Opening Weekend since 2015, posting a Total Audience Delivery average of 640,000 viewers (across five Saturday-Sunday match windows).

· NBCSN’s opening Sunday Tottenham-Manchester City match posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 836,000 viewers to rank No. 2 all-time among opening weekend cable matches (behind only Christian Pulisic’s PL debut, Manchester United-Chelsea, 8/11/19, 1.01 million).

· The Liverpool-Chelsea match on NBC and Peacock on August 28 delivered a TAD of more than 1.4 million viewers to rank as the most watched live Premier League match in U.S. history.

· USA Network’s Manchester City-Liverpool game on April 10 registered a TAD of 1.1 million viewers to rank as the second most watched cable match in U.S. history.

· A record 1.3 billion minutes of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage was consumed on the NBC Sports YouTube channel.

· Video viewership across NBC Sports Soccer’s handles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram increased by 63 percent over the 2020-21 season, while overall engagement on those platforms was up 58%.

· The 2 Robbies and Premier League on NBC podcasts delivered record highs in monthly downloads in each of the final three months of the season.

· The free-to-play game Premier League Pick ‘Em continued to help grow the NBC Sports Predictor app userbase to more than 1.73 million fans, who have made nearly 45 million contest entries since the platform’s launch in December 2018.

Throughout the season, NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage featured a wide range of innovations and milestones. Among the highlights:

· PEACOCK COMPLETES SECOND FULL SEASON OF NBC SPORTS’ PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE: Peacock featured more than 200 live matches, studio shows and replays, as well as the Premier League TV channel (PLTV). Throughout the season, Peacock presented matches live in both English and Spanish, as well as Premier League Goal Rush, featuring live whip-around coverage. For the first time, Telemundo Deportes’ Andres Cantor called Premier League matches in English – exclusively on Peacock.

· USA NETWORK BECOMES U.S. CABLE HOME OF PREMIER LEAGUE: On January 1, USA Network became the cable home of the Premier League with a New Year’s Day tripleheader. As noted above, USA Network’s Manchester City-Liverpool on April 10 is the second most watched cable match in U.S. history and this past Sunday’s Liverpool-Wolverhampton Wanderers is the most-watched Championship Sunday cable game on record.

· EXTENSIVE COVERAGE ON PODCASTS & NBC SPORTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL: NBC Sports continued Premier League discussion across all platforms, with a wide range of digital programming, highlighted by The 2 Robbies and The Lowe Down podcasts, which delivered season-ending editions from on the pitch at Anfield. In March, as part of NBC Sports’ celebration of women’s history, The 2 Robbies released a series of episodes featuring interviews with Sky Sports’ Karen Carney, the Women of Watford hosted by Hornets defender, Christian Kabasele, Norwich City’s Head of Emerging Talent, Mariela Nisotaki, Premier League referee, Sian Massey-Ellis, and Tottenham performance psychologist, Helen Richardson-Walsh.

· SEASON #8 OF THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW: Hosted by popular soccer personalities Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW returned for an eighth season with big-name guests including John Oliver, Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Mark Cuban, Tottenham’s Heung-min Son, Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Brentford’s Christian Eriksen, USMNT and RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams, Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch, Chelsea Women’s Super League Club manager Emma Hayes, Joe Seaward and Dave Bayley of the Band ‘Glass Animals,’ musician Fatboy Slim, and more.

· MORE SPANISH-LANGUAGE COVERAGE THAN EVER: Miami-based Telemundo Deportes – the exclusive Spanish language home of the Premier League in the U.S. – presented more live matches than ever before across Telemundo, Universo and Peacock.

· NBC SPORTS ENHANCED CONTENT WITH POINTSBET INTEGRATION: PointsBet, the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports, was integrated into this season’s Premier League coverage in various ways, including pre- and post-match odds features and ticker rotations with main betting markets throughout studio show programming.

· NBC SPORTS SUPPORTS ZERO CARBON INITIATIVE OF SKY SPORTS AND TOTTENHAM: NBC Sports’ on-site production of the Sept. 19 Tottenham-Chelsea match supported the zero carbon (#GameZero) initiative by Sky Sports and Tottenham, streamlining production personnel at the grounds, and utilizing electrical and bicycle transport to the match for on-air and production staff.

Local TV Ratings

Following are the U.S. TV markets with the highest average season-long ratings on Premier League telecasts on NBC/USA Network/NBCSN:

Top 15 Local Market Ratings, NBC/USA/NBCSN
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Norfolk
3. Cincinnati
T4. Philadelphia
T4. Raleigh
T6. New York
T6. Richmond
8. Buffalo
9. Ft. Myers
T10. Hartford
T10. Miami
T10. San Francisco
T10. Baltimore
14. Sacramento
15. Providence

The 2022-23 Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of August 6-7.

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NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018
The ABC broadcast averaged 6,805,000 viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3, and up 71 percent from 2020, according to Nielsen.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Since 2018

· Saturday’s Miami Heat Victory Over the Boston Celtics Averaged 6,805,000 Viewers, Peaking with 8,773,000 Viewers

· Up 19 Percent From 2021; Up 71 Percent From 2020

· Most-Watched Program Across all of Television for May 21

ABC’s coverage of NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 on May 21, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics, was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 since 2018. The ABC broadcast averaged 6,805,000 viewers, up 19 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 3, and up 71 percent from 2020, according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked with 8,773,000 viewers at 11 p.m. ET.

Game 3 was the most-watched program across all of television for May 21 and the most-watched program across all key demos, including P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34; M18-49 and M25-54.

In the Miami market, Game 3 averaged an 8.9 rating, making it the highest-rated Heat game of the 2022 NBA Playoffs thus far. In the Boston market, Game 3 averaged a 12.1 rating.

The NBA Countdown pregame show for Game 3 averaged 2,414,000 viewers, making it the second-most watched episode of the show during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals continues with Game 5 on Wednesday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. NBA Countdown precedes the game at 8 p.m.

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More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage





More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage
The second round telecast, which aired from 2- 8 p.m. ET, averaged 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 2.6 million at 7:15 p.m.
[via press release from ESPN]
More than 2 Million Watch ESPN’s PGA Championship Second Round Coverage

Second Round Earns Largest Audience Since 2009

First Hour of Joe Buck/Michael Collins Alternate Telecast Attracts 691,000 Viewers, Up from Debut

With Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and eventual tournament runner-up Will Zalatoris among the golf stars in action on the course, more than two million viewers watched ESPN’s live coverage of the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, May 20, from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

The second round telecast, which aired from 2- 8 p.m. ET, averaged 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 2.6 million at 7:15 p.m. The average viewership was up 47 percent from the second round of last year’s tournament from Kiawah Island, S.C., which averaged 1.4 million viewers. It marked the largest second-round audience for the PGA Championship since 2.4 million watched on TNT in 2009.

The audience increased from the first round on Thursday, May 19, which averaged 1.5 million viewers, the largest first-round viewership for the tournament in 20 years.

Viewership increased for the second day of the new alternate telecast hosted by Joe Buck and Michael Collins as it averaged 691,000 viewers for the 1-2 p.m. hour on ESPN, up from the 684,000 average for its debut during the first round on Thursday, May 19. The alternate telecast averaged 105,000 viewers between 2-5 p.m. on ESPN2, up from the average of 96,000 on Thursday.

Since ESPN’s return to live coverage of the PGA Championship in 2020 after a 30-year absence, ESPN and ESPN+ have offered full day, first tee to last putt coverage of the first two rounds along with weekend morning viewing and more live play and viewing options for the historic tournament than it had ever had.

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ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years





ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years
The telecast, which aired from 2-8 p.m. ET, peaked at 1.7 million viewers at 4:45 p.m.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN’s PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years

Average Audience of 1.5 Million is Largest Since 2002 – Peaks at 1.7 Million

Alternate Telecast with Joe Buck, Michael Collins and Guests averages 684,000 Viewers in First Hour

ESPN’s live telecast of the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, May 19, from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., averaged 1.5 million viewers, the largest first-round viewership for the tournament in 20 years.

The telecast, which aired from 2-8 p.m. ET, peaked at 1.7 million viewers at 4:45 p.m. The average viewership was up 23 percent from the first round of last year’s tournament from Kiawah Island, S.C., which averaged 1.2 million viewers. The audience was the largest since TNT’s first round telecast in 2002 averaged 1.8 million viewers

The debut of the new alternate telecast hosted by Joe Buck and Michael Collins averaged 684,000 viewers in its first hour on ESPN (1-2 p.m. ET), which was an 80 percent increase in viewership for the one-hour timeslot prior to PGA Championship coverage last year. The alternate telecast averaged 96,000 viewers between 2-5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Top reported local markets for the Thursday’s full telecast with metered market rating:
Las Vegas 1.4
Atlanta 1.3
Phoenix 1.3
Jacksonville 1.2
Boston 1.2
Orlando 1.1
Washington, DC 1.1
Pittsburgh 1.0
Charlotte 1.0
Greensboro 1.0

Streaming coverage of Featured Holes and Featured Groups (highlighted by the Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth group) during the first round on ESPN+ led to the most-viewed day of PGA Championship play ever on the industry-leading sports streaming service.

ESPN’s PGA Championship coverage continues Saturday and Sunday with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on ESPN+ (8 a.m.) and ESPN (10 a.m.). ESPN+ also will have Featured Groups and Featured Holes streams all day.

The alternate telecast with Buck, Collins and guests will air both Saturday and Sunday from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN and ESPN+ and from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN+.

In addition, SportsCenter and ESPN.com will report from the PGA Championship throughout the weekend.

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NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018
The ESPN telecast averaged 6,049,000 viewers, peaking with 6,878,000 viewers at 9:30 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018

Boston Celtics Convincing Win Over Miami Heat Averages 6,049,000 Viewers, Up 59 Percent From Last Year

ESPN Wins the Night Across All of Television; Most-Watched NBA Countdown Show in Four Years

Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Boston Celtics convincingly defeated the Miami Heat 127-102 was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 since 2018, according to Nielsen. The ESPN telecast averaged 6,049,000 viewers, peaking with 6,878,000 viewers at 9:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 was up 59 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. The game propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television and in all key demos: P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34; M18-49; M25-54.

Game 2 generated a 12.6 rating in the Boston market and a 7.5 rating in the Miami market.

In addition, Thursday’s edition of the NBA Countdown pregame show was the most-watched in four years on ESPN. The show generated an average audience of 1,873,000 viewers, the most since the pregame show for the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The series continues with Game 3 on Saturday, May 21, at 8:30 p.m. as the Boston Celtics host the Miami Heat at TD Garden. The series is tied 1-1.

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NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018





NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018
The ESPN telecast averaged 6,070,000 viewers, peaking with 6,914,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Since 2018

Miami Heat Victory Over Boston Celtics Averages 6,070,000 Viewers, Up 13 Percent From 2021

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 118-107, was the most-watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 since 2018, according to Nielsen. The ESPN telecast averaged 6,070,000 viewers, peaking with 6,914,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 was up 13 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. In Boston, Game 1 generated a 14.0 rating, making it the highest-rated Conference Finals game in the market since Game 7 in 2018. In Miami, Game 1 delivered an 8.2 rating.

The series continues with Game 2 on Thursday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics.

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ABC Is No. 1 Entertainment Network for 3rd Straight Week With Adults 18-49





ABC Is No. 1 Entertainment Network for 3rd Straight Week With Adults 18-49
Network Grows to 4-Week Highs

ABC Claims 7 of Week’s Top 15 Entertainment Series

‘The Conners’ Ties as Week’s No. 1 Comedy

During the week of May 2, 2022, ABC stood as the No. 1 entertainment network outright among Adults 18-49 (0.7/6), leading Fox by 17% (0.6/5), NBC by 40% (0.5/5) and CBS by 40% (0.5/4). ABC ranked or tied as the No. 1 entertainment network for the 3rd consecutive week and for the 4th time in 5 weeks with Adults 18-49.

ABC built for the 2nd straight week in Total Viewers (+14% – 4.8 million vs. 4.2 million) and grew week to week by 17% among Adults 18-49 (0.7/6 vs. 0.6/5) to deliver 4-week highs in both Nielsen measures – since the week of 4/4/22.

ABC claimed 7 of the week’s Top 15 highest-rated entertainment series among Adults 18-49, marking the most for any network (CBS – 4, NBC – 3, Fox – 3): “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.1/10), “American Idol-Sunday” (0.9/8), “Station 19” (0.8/8), “American Idol-Monday” (0.8/7), “The Good Doctor” (0.8/7), “The Rookie” (0.8/7) and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.8/7).

ABC’s “The Conners” was the week’s No. 1 comedy with Adults 18-49 (0.7/5), tying CBS’ “The Neighborhood” (0.7/6).

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Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC Is Most-Watched





Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC Is Most-Watched Eastern Conference Semifinals Game in 10 Years: Average Audience of 7,481,000 Viewers
The broadcast averaged 7,481,000 viewers, peaking with 9,559,000 viewers at 6 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
Boston Celtics Game 7 Victory Over Milwaukee Bucks on ABC is Most-Watched Eastern Conference Semifinals Game in 10 Years: Average Audience of 7,481,000 Viewers

· Broadcast Peaked with 9,559,000 Viewers

· NBA Playoffs Across ESPN and ABC Up 25 Percent from Last Year

The Boston Celtics victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 on ABC this past Sunday is the most-watched NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals game in 10 years, dating back to 2012, according to Nielsen. The broadcast averaged 7,481,000 viewers, peaking with 9,559,000 viewers at 6 p.m. ET.

Game 7 generated the largest television audience of the day for May 15 and the most-watched program among key demos, including P18-49, P25-54 and M25-54. Sunday’s edition of the NBA Countdown pregame show averaged 1,625,000 viewers, making it the most-watched afternoon edition of the show during this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Through the first two rounds, the NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC are averaging 4,573,000 viewers (25 games), up 25 percent from 2021.

ESPN’s coverage of the 2022 NBA Playoffs continues tonight, May 17, with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery will precede the telecast at 8 p.m.

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CBS NEWS RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 9





CBS NEWS RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 9

60 MINUTES

Was the #1 primetime broadcast for the week, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, May 15.

Was #1 in viewers (7.44m) and adults 18+ (7.37m) and delivered 925,000 adults 25-54.

Has been television’s #1 primetime broadcast in viewers seven times this season.

This is the 18th time this season the show has made the top five in viewers and the 26th time it has made the top 10 program out of 27 airings.

CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Marked its 614th consecutive week as America’s #1 Sunday morning news program, on Sunday, May 15 (regular titles only).

The broadcast delivered 4.8 million viewers, with 718,000 of them in the adults 25-54 demographic.

Holds 50% of the three-network morning audience, season-to-date.

FACE THE NATION with MARGARET BRENNAN

Was the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show on Sunday, May 15 and was #1 with women 25-54.
Has ranked #1 in 32 of 34 weeks this season and for the last 11 consecutive weeks.

Delivered 2.7 million viewers with 460,000 in adults 25-54, and was #1 in viewers and #2 in adults 25-54.

Is the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show season-to-date in viewers for the second consecutive year (leading NBC by +379,000 viewers) and is leading NBC for the first time in seven years in the women 25-54 demographic.

CBS MORNINGS

Had its best adults 25-54 number in six weeks, growing +1% from the prior week and driven by its best number among men in six weeks

Delivered 2.4 million viewers, with 553,000 of them in the adults 25-54 demo and 341,000 among women 25-54, for the week ending Friday, May 13.

Has cut into NBC and ABC’s leads in the adults 25-54 demo by 14% and 8%, respectively, for the season, vs. last year.

Is delivering the tightest gaps in adults and women 25-54 for a season ever (since at least 1991) vs. NBC and ABC.

CBS EVENING NEWS with NORAH O’DONNELL

Delivered 4.5 million viewers, with 727,000 adults 25-54, for the week ending Friday, May 13.

Is delivering the tightest adults 25-54 demo gap with NBC this season in 27 years (since 1994-1995) and with ABC since 2018-2019.

Is closing the adults 25-54 demo gap with NBC by 13% and ABC by 12%, compared to last year.

Has closed the gap in viewers with ABC by 7%.

CBS SATURDAY MORNING

Delivered 1.6 million total viewers, with 319,000 of them in the adults 25-54 demo, on Saturday, May 14.

Has closed the viewer gap this season with ABC by 11% and with NBC by 13%.

Has closed the gap in the adults 25-54 demo with ABC by 11% and with NBC by 15%.

Is delivering the tightest gaps in the demo this season with NBC and ABC ever, dating to the “Early Show” days in 1997-1998.

Is delivering its tightest gap among total viewers with NBC ever (since 1997-1998) and with ABC since 2006-2007.

(All data Nielsen live plus same day ratings for 5/9-5/15)