Raptors-Cavaliers, Draft Lottery, SportsCenter lead cable sports TV ratings for Tuesday May 17, 2016

 

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was down 21% versus the equivalent game last year and the Draft Lottery numbers were down 23% versus 2015.

Cable Sports TV Ratings for Tuesday May 17, 2016:

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ProgramNetEpisodeStartEndTotal Viewers (000)Viewers Age 18-49 (000)
NBA PLAYOFFSESPNTORONTO/CLEVELAND8:29 PM11:12 PM5,4052,911
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY       LESPN7:59 PM8:29 PM2,7481,518
SPORTSCENTER LATE       LESPN11:12 PM12:00 AM2,5271,429
SPORTSCENTER 12AM  LESPN12:00 AM1:00 AM1,429782
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS LNBCSNSAN JOSE/ST. LOUIS8:07 PM10:48 PM1,113529
NBA PREESPNNBA COUNTDOWN7:00 PM7:59 PM1,010619
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONESPN5:30 PM6:00 PM967501
SPORTSCENTER 1AM        LESPN1:00 AM2:00 AM938537
SPORTSCENTER MORNING    LESPN2:00 AM3:00 AM665369
AROUND THE HORNESPN5:00 PM5:30 PM645350
SPORTSCENTER EARLY      LESPN6:00 PM7:00 PM628368
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESPN4:30 PM5:00 PM507278
SPORTSNATIONESPN4:00 PM4:30 PM473286
FIRST TAKE   LESPN210:00 AM12:00 PM429260
NBA: THE JUMP  LESPN3:30 PM4:00 PM374232
NFL LIVE                LESPN2:28 PM3:30 PM363207
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN8:00 AM9:00 AM343203
PARDON THE INTERRUPTIONESPN26:30 PM7:00 PM334203
NFL INSIDERS  LESPN2:00 PM2:28 PM327186
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN12:00 PM1:30 PM327189
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN11:00 AM12:00 PM308192
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN10:00 AM11:00 AM306188
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN9:00 AM10:00 AM303186
HIS & HERS  LESPN212:00 PM1:00 PM299188
SPORTSCENTER AM      LESPN7:02 AM8:00 AM290178
NFL LIVEESPN27:00 PM8:00 PM270163
SPORTSCENTER MORNINGESPN6:00 AM7:00 AM262145
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPN230 FOR 30: SMALL POTATOES: WHO KILLED US8:00 PM9:00 PM262151
OTLESPN1:30 PM2:00 PM259165
FIRST TAKEESPN21:00 PM3:00 PM258158
COPA LIB QUARTERFINALSFOXDINDEP DE VALLE VS PUMAS8:32 PM11:00 PM250154
AROUND THE HORNESPN26:00 PM6:30 PM246142
NHL LIVE PRE CONF FINALSNBCSNSAN JOSE/ST. LOUIS7:02 PM8:07 PM237112
PRIME BASEBALL GAMEMLBNWAS AT NYM/TB AT TOR7:00 PM9:43 PM23564
NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALSNBCSNSAN JOSE/ST. LOUIS10:48 PM12:00 AM229132
FIRST TAKE REESPN24:30 PM5:00 PM207112
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPN230 FOR 30: THE GOSPEL9:00 PM11:00 PM202109
HIS & HERSESPN23:00 PM4:00 PM191115
MLB TONIGHT PRIMEMLBNMLB TONIGHT9:43 PM1:05 AM18485
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPN230 FOR 30: BELIEVELAND11:00 PM12:30 AM183113
NBA: THE JUMPESPN24:00 PM4:30 PM180105
SPORTSNATIONESPN25:00 PM5:30 PM16682
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLEESPN25:30 PM6:00 PM16490
PREMIER LEAGUE LNBCSNBOURNEMOUTH/MANCHESTER UNITED2:54 PM5:00 PM15667
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPN230 FOR 30: THE DEAL12:30 AM1:00 AM15088
NASCAR RACE HUB LFS15035:00 PM6:00 PM14536
PREMIER BOXING CHAMPION LFS1MURAT GASSIEV/JORDAN SHIMMELL9:00 PM11:03 PM14036
TOUR OF CALIFORNIANBCSN5:00 PM7:02 PM13340
MLB TONIGHT BPMLBNMLBT BP6:00 PM7:00 PM12445
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS7:00 PM8:00 PM11850
MLB NOWMLBNMLB NOW4:00 PM5:00 PM10947
NBA TONIGHT     LESPN21:00 AM1:30 AM10767
NBA GAMETIME CF RECAP LNBATNBA GAMETIME ECF  RECAP GM111:09 PM12:32 AM9951
INTENTIONAL TALKMLBNINTENTIONAL TALK  5P5:00 PM6:00 PM9641
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 1A1:05 AM2:05 AM9543
TOP 10NFLNFASTEST PLAYERS12:00 AM1:00 AM9357
RUNDOWNMLBNTHE RUNDOWN2:00 PM4:00 PM9127
SWIMMINGNBCSNUSA ARENA PRO – CHARLOTTE12:00 AM1:30 AM8947
GOLF CHANNEL CINEMAGOLFLEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE3:30 PM6:00 PM8327
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/17/162:30 AM3:00 AM8338
TOP 10NFLNSHORTEST PLAYERS10:00 PM11:00 PM7945
TOP 10NFLNPLAYERS WHO WORE NUMBER 124:00 PM5:00 PM7839
TOP 10NFLNAGELESS WONDERS6:00 PM7:00 PM7646
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/17/162:11 AM2:30 AM7529
MLB WHIPAROUND LFS12657:00 PM8:00 PM7350
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMYGOLFPADRAIG HARRINGTON-FULL SWING7:00 PM7:30 PM7215
JALEN & JACOBYESPN21:30 AM2:00 AM7149
DUNK KING, THENBATQUALIFYING ROUND PART 14:30 PM6:00 PM7142
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS11:00 PM12:00 AM7133
TOP 10NFLNBIG MEN9:00 PM10:00 PM7143
NBA GAMETIME CF RECAP RNBATNBA GAMETIME ECF RECAP GM112:32 AM2:11 AM7025
TOP 10NFLNFASTEST PLAYERS8:00 PM9:00 PM7042
MONSTER  JAMFS176:INSIDE MONSTER JAM6:00 PM7:00 PM6935
COPA LIB PREVIAFOXDQTRFINALS8:02 PM8:32 PM6850
INSIDE THE PGA TOURGOLF6:30 PM7:00 PM6822
TOP 10NFLNFOOTBALL STEVES5:00 PM6:00 PM6842
NFL LIVEESPN22:00 AM3:00 AM6746
PRESS CONFERENCENBATMIAMI HEAT PRESS CONFERENCE1:04 PM1:22 PM6748
TOP 10NFLNBIG MEN1:00 AM2:00 AM6745
FSL WITH JAY AND DAN PFS15611:03 PM11:32 PM6425
NBA GAMETIME CF PREVIEW LNBATNBA GAMETIME ECF PREVIEW GM16:30 PM7:30 PM6333
GOLF CENTRALGOLF6:00 PM6:30 PM6218
NFL HQNFLNNFL HQ10:00 AM12:00 PM6230
UNIVISON DEPORTES FCUDN7:00 PM8:00 PM6240
CHAMPIONS TOUR LRNG CTRGOLF7:30 PM8:00 PM6113
HIGH HEATMLBNHIGH HEAT1:00 PM2:00 PM6124
NFL HQNFLNNFL HQ12:00 PM2:00 PM6139
STARTERS R, THENBATSTARTERS 5/17/16 R7:30 PM8:00 PM5722
TOP 10NFLNFOOTBALL DIVAS3:00 PM4:00 PM5624
NCWTS  RACINGFS1DOVER7:30 AM9:30 AM5531
2016 PLAYOFF PLBK CFNBATOKC/GSW GM1-CF2:30 PM4:30 PM5528
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS2:00 AM3:00 AM5538
HERD LFS119012:00 PM3:00 PM5415
MLBS BESTFS1588:00 PM8:30 PM548
ENCOREGOLFWOMENS MATCH PLAY FNLS 20158:00 PM11:00 PM5314
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 9A9:00 AM10:00 AM538
WORLD POKER TOURFS1ALPHA8 LAS VEGAS PT44:00 PM5:00 PM5211
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACINFS1DOVER6:00 AM7:00 AM5138
TOP 10NFLNCHARACTERS2:00 PM3:00 PM5125
FOX DEPORTES EN VIVOFOXD7:00 PM8:02 PM4834
MLB CENTRALMLBNMLB CENTRAL10:00 AM1:00 PM486
LA ULTIMA PALABRA ENC2FOXD11:00 AM12:00 PM4629
INSIDE THE PGA TOURGOLF11:30 PM12:00 AM469
NASCAR XFINITY SERIESFS1DOVER9:30 AM11:30 AM4524
STARTERS P, THENBATSTARTERS 5/17/16 L6:00 PM6:30 PM4525
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS7:00 AM8:00 AM4514
EXPEDIENTES UDNUDN8:00 PM9:00 PM4532
NHRA PRO MOD SERIESFS1GAINESVILLE7:00 AM7:30 AM4428
DAN PATRICK SHOWNBCSN9:00 AM12:00 PM4422
TOUR OF CALIFORNIANBCSN1:30 AM2:30 AM4426
SCOTT MARTIN CHALLENGENBCSN2:00 PM2:30 PM4310
BOXEO DE CAMPEONESFOXDM GASSIEV VS J SHIMMELL11:00 PM1:00 AM4221
NBA SPECIALNBATGOLDEN SEASON: 2015-16 WARRIORS, A11:00 PM11:09 PM4220
NFL HQNFLNNFL HQ8:00 AM10:00 AM4226
INSIDE THE NBANBATINSIDE THE NBA 5/16/169:37 AM9:51 AM4115
PREMIER LG LIVE STUDIONBCSN2:30 PM2:54 PM4114
UFC FS1 FIGHT NIGHTFS2EDGAR/FABER6:00 AM9:00 AM404
GOLF CENTRALGOLF11:00 PM11:30 PM4011
TOUR REPLAYGOLF16 MT LET BUICK CHP FNL11:00 AM1:00 PM403
INSIDE THE NBANBATINSIDE THE NBA 5/16/166:37 AM6:51 AM4017
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDN12:00 AM1:00 AM4029
MORNING DRIVEGOLF8:00 AM9:00 AM398
ENCOREGOLFWOMENS MATCH PLAY FNLS 201512:00 AM3:00 AM3813
GOLF FIXGOLF1:00 PM2:00 PM383
INSIDE THE NBANBATINSIDE THE NBA 5/16/166:00 AM6:37 AM3819
UFC ULTIMATE INSIDERFS1AMIRKHANI/CRUZ/FABER/WEIDMAN8:30 PM9:00 PM3717
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 6A6:00 AM7:00 AM3710
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 8A8:00 AM9:00 AM3710
NEXT BITENBCSN1:00 PM1:30 PM379
PREESPNUNBA DRAFT COMBINE1:00 PM4:00 PM3522
MORNING DRIVEGOLF9:00 AM10:00 AM353
LINEA DE CUATRO LUDN11:00 PM12:00 AM3513
LOCURA DEPORTIVAUDN6:00 PM7:00 PM3522
DAN LE BATARD SHOW LESPNU10:00 AM1:00 PM3426
TMZ SPORTSFS113712:01 AM12:30 AM348
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSNESPNUOKLAHOMA/LSU4:00 PM6:00 PM3319
NFL TOTAL ACCESSNFLNNFL TOTAL ACCESS6:00 AM7:00 AM324
CENTRAL FOX MEX PRIMEFOXD6:00 PM7:00 PM3111
CENTRAL FOX US ENC1FOXD10:00 AM11:00 AM3117
EURO TOUR H/LGOLFPERTH INTL2:00 PM3:00 PM311
MORNING DRIVEGOLF10:00 AM11:00 AM313
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMYGOLFLAURA DAVIES-SHORT GAME & PUTT3:00 PM3:30 PM303
MORNING DRIVEGOLF7:00 AM8:00 AM298
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/167:30 AM8:00 AM2915
FANATICOS DEL FRIOUDN9:00 PM10:00 PM2815
CENTRAL FOXFOXD12:00 PM1:00 PM2715
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/1610:00 AM10:30 AM2715
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/166:51 AM7:00 AM2610
NHL PLAYOFF ENCORENBCSNTAMPA BAY/PITTSBURGH7:37 AM9:00 AM268
TEXAS TEAM TRAILNBCSN1:30 PM2:00 PM269
FSL WITH JAY AND DANFS15611:32 PM12:01 AM256
WORLD POKER TOURFS1ALPHA8 LAS VEGAS PT33:00 PM4:00 PM256
EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOURNBAT2016 EUROLEAGUE FINAL8:00 PM11:00 PM2516
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/1611:00 AM11:30 AM2516
2016 PLAYOFF PLBK CFNBATMIA/TOR GM7-R21:37 PM2:30 PM2417
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/168:00 AM8:30 AM245
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/169:51 AM10:00 AM2412
NHL TOP 10NBCSNDEFENSEMEN2:30 AM3:00 AM249
SALTWATER EXPERIENCENBCSN12:30 PM1:00 PM2411
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/167:00 AM7:30 AM2313
INTO THE BLUENBCSN12:00 PM12:30 PM2310
BEST THING I HERDFS110612:30 AM1:00 AM222
TMZ SPORTSFS113611:30 AM12:00 PM226
QUICK PITCHMLBNQP 7A7:00 AM8:00 AM224
INSIDE THE NBANBATINSIDE THE NBA 5/16/169:00 AM9:37 AM229
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/1610:30 AM11:00 AM2214
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEIEEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-L10:00 PM11:00 PM2116
GIRO D ITALIA HIGHLIGHTSBEIESTAGE 10 HIGHLIGHTS11:00 PM11:30 PM2113
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2UFC FLYWEIGHTS7:00 PM8:00 PM217
UFC  UNLEASHEDFS2UFC STRAWWEIGHTS1:00 AM2:00 AM2113
SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIPBEIEPLAYOFF-SF-HULL CITY VS. DERBY COUNTY8:00 PM10:00 PM199
SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIPBEINHULL CITY VS. DERBY COUNTY2:40 PM4:45 PM198
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSNESPNUKENTUCKY/LSU6:00 PM8:00 PM1912
PASIONUDN4:00 PM6:00 PM1913
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCRFS2LAS VEGAS8:00 PM11:00 PM189
COPA AMERICA 2015 EN 60UDN10:00 PM11:00 PM186
GOLF CENTRALGOLF6:00 AM7:00 AM172
NBA GAMETIMENBATGAMETIME 5/16/168:30 AM9:00 AM177
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDN3:00 PM4:00 PM1711
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPNBCSNUSA/SLOVAKIA6:00 AM7:37 AM167
CENTRAL FOX EARLYFOXD8:00 AM9:00 AM1514
CENTRAL FOX USFOXD1:00 AM2:00 AM159
COPA LIB RD OF 16FOXDPUMAS VS DEP TACHIRA4:00 PM6:00 PM1513
SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIPBEIEHULL CITY VS. DERBY COUNTY2:40 PM4:45 PM148
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSNESPNUVIRGINIA/DUKE10:00 PM12:00 AM143
LA ULTIMA PALABRA ENC3FOXD2:00 PM3:00 PM144
PREESPNUNBA DRAFT COMBINE12:00 AM3:00 AM136
FSL WITH JAY AND DANFS1561:00 AM1:30 AM132
UFC PPV PRELIMSFS2198:WERDUM/MIOCIC9:00 AM11:00 AM138
CYCLINGBEINGIRO DITALIA ST 10 CAMPI BISENZI SESTOLA8:30 AM11:30 AM120
MONSTER JAMFS276:INSIDE MONSTER JAM11:00 PM12:00 AM127
UFC PPV PRELIMSFS2198:WERDUM/MIOCIC5:00 PM7:00 PM121
LINEA DE CUATROUDN9:00 AM10:00 AM1211
SUPER ESTADIOUDN11:00 AM2:00 PM127
LA LIGA WORLDBEIELIGAWORLD5:00 PM5:30 PM118
AMERICA REDONDAUDN2:00 PM3:00 PM113
TMZ SPORTSFS11371:30 AM2:00 AM102
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEIEEXPRESS WRAP-UP4:45 PM5:00 PM97
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEINEXPRESS PREVIEW2:30 PM2:40 PM92
GYMNASTICSBEINFIG WORLD CHALLENGE CUP – VARNA DAY 15:00 PM8:00 PM94
LA ULTIMA PALABRA ENC1FOXD9:00 AM10:00 AM98
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACINFS2DOVER2:00 PM5:00 PM91
E:60ESPNULONG ROAD HOME7:30 AM8:00 AM83
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARYESPNUESPN FILMS: ROLL TIDE/WAR EAGLE6:00 AM7:00 AM84
CENTRAL FOX EARLYFOXD7:00 AM8:00 AM88
MONSTER SUP CHASING DREAMFS2BATTLEGROUND12:00 AM1:00 AM83
ULTIMATE FIGHTERFS2604:WAKE UP GUYS!2:00 AM3:00 AM82
CYCLINGBEIEGIRO D ITALIA ST10-CAMPI BISENZIO-SESTOL8:30 AM11:30 AM72
REAL MADRID TVBEIERMTV-6:00 PM7:00 PM75
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSNESPNUWISCONSIN/MICHIAN ST8:00 PM10:00 PM73
E:60ESPNU20 YEARS AND 11 SECONDS7:02 AM7:30 AM75
CENTRAL FOXFOXD3:00 PM4:00 PM75
CENTRAL FOX MEXFOXD1:00 PM2:00 PM72
FSL WITH JAY AND DANFS1562:00 AM2:30 AM71
ZONA NBA RUDN10:00 AM11:00 AM76
90 IN 30BEIEPARIS SAINT GERMAIN VS. NANTES7:00 PM7:30 PM65
UFC  ULTIMATE INSIDERFS2AMIRKHANI/CRUZ/FABER/WEIDMAN11:00 AM11:30 AM61
LINEA DE CUATROUDN1:00 AM2:00 AM63
FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHPSBEIEBELGIUM- RND 311:30 AM12:30 PM53
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEINEXPRESS WRAP-UP4:45 PM5:00 PM50
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDN6:00 AM7:00 AM54
FUTBOL EN SERIO PUNTOUDN7:00 AM8:00 AM55
90 IN 30BEIEGRANADA VS. BARCELONA11:30 PM12:00 AM43
LA LIGA BBVABEIEATLETICO MADRID VS. CELTA12:30 PM2:30 PM42
LIGUE 1 HIGHLIGHT SHOWBEIELIGUE 1 HIGHLIGHT SHOW5:30 PM6:00 PM42
90 IN 30BEINAC MILAN VS. AS ROMA11:00 PM11:30 PM40
LONGINES GLOBAL CHMP TOURFS2111:30 AM12:30 PM41
CYCLINGBEINGIRO DITALIA – STAGE 10 HIGHLIGHTS10:30 PM11:00 PM32
MOTO AMERICABEINVIRGINIA INTL RACEWAY  SUPERBIKE R212:30 AM1:30 AM32
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSNESPNUKENTUCKY/LSU8:00 AM10:00 AM33
FSL WITH JAY AND DANFS1562:30 AM3:00 AM31
CONTACTO DEPORTIVOUDN8:00 AM9:00 AM33
SKYBET CHAMPIONSHIPBEIEPLAYOFF-SF-BRIGHTON VS. SHEFFIELD12:00 AM2:00 AM20
SERIE ABEINAC MILAN VS. AS ROMA12:30 PM2:30 PM22
LONGINES GLOBAL CHMP TOURFS2212:30 PM2:00 PM20
90 IN 30BEIEAC MILAN VS. AS ROMA7:30 PM8:00 PM11
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEIEEXPRESS PREVIEW2:30 PM2:40 PM11
ATHLETICSBEINDIAMOND LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS CHINA8:00 PM9:00 PM11
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEINEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-L10:00 PM10:30 PM10
FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHBEINBELGIUM9:00 PM10:00 PM10
MOTO AMERICABEINVIRGINIA INTL RACEWAY  SUPERBIKE R111:30 PM12:30 AM11
90 IN 30BEIEJUVENTUS VS. SAMPDORIA8:00 AM8:30 AM00
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEIEEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-R7:00 AM8:00 AM00
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEIEEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-R2:00 AM3:00 AM00
LOCKER ROOMBEIELOCKER ROOM – R6:00 AM7:00 AM00
90 IN 30BEINGRANADA VS. BARCELONA6:00 AM6:30 AM00
90 IN 30BEINDEPORTIVO VS. REAL MADRID2:00 AM2:30 AM00
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEINEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-R6:30 AM7:00 AM00
EXPRESS WEEKDAYBEINEXPRESS XTRA WEEKDAY-R1:30 AM2:00 AM00
GILLETTE WORLD SPORTSBEINGILLETTE WORLD SPORTS11:30 AM12:00 PM00
LOCKER ROOMBEIN7:00 AM7:00 AM8:00 AM00
SERIE A SHOWBEINSERIE A SHOW –12:00 PM12:30 PM00
SERIE A SHOWBEINSERIE A SHOW –2:30 AM3:00 AM00
WORLD OF GYMNASTICSBEINWORLD OF GYMNASTICS8:00 AM8:30 AM00
PAID PROGRAMMINGFOXD6:00 AM7:00 AM00
COPA AMERICA 2015 EN 60UDN2:00 AM3:00 AM00

Note: viewership of around 100,000 or lower is technically what Nielsen refers to as a “scratch” i.e., not enough Nielsen panelists watched for Nielsen to validate it. There are around 40,000 homes in the Nielsen panel and a bit over 100,000 panelists, where 1 Nielsen panelist watching a whole telecast represents around 3,000 people. So something averaging a million viewers averaged around 370 people out of the ~100K panel — small, but still statistically significant. But when there’s a show with 30,000 viewers, that’s only around 10 Nielsen panelists…

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