The Media Chart for May 6: 'Big Bang Theory' Outsmarts the Competition

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'The Big Bang Theory'
'The Big Bang Theory' Credit: Michael Ansell/CBS

The Media Chart is a weekly look at what's topping the rankings and the ratings.

CBS mainstay "The Big Bang Theory" outsmarted the competition last week by claiming the title of broadcast TV's most-watched show, earning a 8.7 rating.

The comedy, in its ninth season, beat out ABC family favorite "Dancing With the Stars (No. 2)" and "60 Minutes (No. 3)."

CBS boasts six of the top 10 shows on the list, including "NCIS" (No. 4) and "Blue Bloods" (No. 5).

TV RATINGSWeek Ending Sunday, May 1
BROADCAST
Rank Program Network Rating
1 The Big Bang Theory (Thur., 8 p.m.) CBS 8.7
2 Dancing With the Stars ABC 7.6
3 60 Minutes CBS 6.6
4 NCIS CBS 6.6
5 Blue Bloods CBS 6.4
6 Madam Secretary CBS 6.2
7 The Voice (Tuesday) NBC 6.2
8 Empire FOX 6.2
9 The Good Wife CBS 6.0
10 Little Big Shots (Sun., 8 p.m.) NBC 5.9
The Voice (Monday) NBC 5.9
CABLE
Rank Program Network Rating
1 Game of Thrones HBO 4.1
2 NFL Draft ESPN 3.9
3 Fear the Walking Dead AMC 2.7
4 NBA: Houston vs. Golden State, Game 5 TNT 2.4
5 NBA: Indiana vs. Toronto, Game 7 TNT 2.3
6 NBA: Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio, Game 1 TNT 2.2
7 America's Election HQ (Tues., 8 p.m.) FOXNC 2.1
8 Hannity (Tuesday) FOXNC 2.1
9 NBA: Charlotte vs. Miami, Game 5 TNT 2.1
10 America's Election HQ (Tues., 9 p.m.) FOXNC 2.1
The O'Reilly Factor (Wednesday) FOXNC 2.1
Source: The Nielsen Company. Television rating is based on 116.4 million households for live and same-day viewing of programs of at least 30 minutes duration.
DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE 2016Year-to-Date Through Sunday, May 1
Rank Film Studio Gross (Millions)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens* Buena Vista $936.1
2 Deadpool* Fox 361.8
3 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice* Warner Bros. 325.2
4 Zootopia* Buena Vista 323.5
5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Lionsgate 281.7
6 The Jungle Book* Buena Vista 252.1
7 The Martian Fox 228.4
8 Spectre Sony 200.1
9 The Revenant* Fox 183.5
10 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony 169.7
Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com. Box office gross for films in theaters since Jan. 1; films marked with an asterisk are still in theaters.
DVD RENTALSWeek Ending Sunday, May 1
Rank Film Days in Release Studio
1 Point Break (2015) 33 Warner
2 Sisters 47 Universal
3 Daddy's Home 40 Paramount
4 Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens 26 Disney/Lucasfilm
5 Norm of the North 12 Lionsgate
6 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 47 Fox
7 Jane Got a Gun 5 Anchor Bay
8 Creed 61 Warner/MGM
9 In the Heart of the Sea 54 Warner
10 The Hateful Eight 33 Anchor Bay
Source: Home Media Magazine.
MAGAZINE AUDIENCEMarch 2016
Enthusiast/Cars
Rank Property Audience (Millions) Change
1 Car and Driver 21.0 21.4%
2 Motor Trend 11.3 3.6
3 Road & Track 6.5 4.6
4 Hot Rod 6.3 16.2
5 Automobile 4.4 2.2
Enthusiast/General
Rank Property Audience (Millions) Change
1 Popular Mechanics 16.9 39.9%
2 Guns & Ammo 10.1 -8.2
3 Field & Stream 8.9 -2.4
4 Game & Fish 6.2 2.8
5 Outdoor Life 5.9 5.2
Source: MPA - The Magazine Association. Total print and digital audience. Change is over March 2015.
DIGITAL SONGSWeek Ending Thursday, April 28
Rank Title Artist Label
1 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution Warner/Rhino
2 When Doves Cry Prince Warner/Rhino
3 Formation Beyoncé Columbia
4 Little Red Corvette Prince Warner
5 Let's Go Crazy Prince and The Revolution Warner/Rhino
6 1999 Prince Warner
7 Kiss Prince and The Revolution Paisley Park/Warner
8 Raspberry Beret Prince and The Revolution Warner/Rhino
9 Hold Up Beyoncé Columbia
10 One Dance Drake Republic
Source: Billboard.
MOST POPULAR SHOPPING WEBSITESMay
Rank Property Overall Rank in U.S. Estimated Daily Time per Visitor
1 Amazon 4 11:39
2 eBay 7 11:52
3 Netflix 10 4:26
4 Walmart 34 5:34
5 Etsy 44 9:45
6 Ikea 185 8:12
7 Steam 235 3:33
8 Home Depot 43 5:53
9 Target 45 5:24
10 Best Buy 60 4:47
Source: Alexa. Popularity is based on a combination of average daily visitors and page views over the previous three-month period; overall rank in U.S. is based on previous 30 days (accessed on Wednesday, May 4). The URL for Steam is store.steampowered.com; excludes Amazon.co.uk, which was ranked No. 4.
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