Ratings: Roots Opens Strong, Thunder/ Warriors NBA Game Sets TNT Record

The Memorial Day premiere of History’s Roots miniseries drew 5.3 million total viewers, representing the No. 1 scripted mini premiere on cable since 2013 (A+E Networks’ Bonnie & Clyde). The four-part, eight-hour event continues tonight at 9/8c, following an encore of Part 1.

Because someone will ask, though apples and oranges: ABC’s original, eight-night Roots miniseries debuted to 28.8 million viewers back in January 1977.

In other Monday cable ratings, TNT’s broadcast of the NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 match-up between the Oklahoma City Warriors Thunder and the Golden State Warriors averaged 15.9 million total viewers, setting a cable-TV record for an NBA game and marking the most watched telecast in TNT’s 28-year history.