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The Nielson Ratings Top 25 television programs on broadcast TV (viewers 18-49) for the week ending May 17.

1    BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS  ABC   
2    MODERN FAMILY        ABC  
3    VOICE      NBC  
4    SURVIVOR        CBS   
5    SCANDAL        ABC   
6    DANCING WITH THE STARS        ABC   
7    GREY'S ANATOMY        ABC  
8    VOICE        NBC  
9    NCIS        CBS   
10    BIG BANG THEORY    CBS  
11    GOLDBERGS        ABC 
12    BLACK-ISH       ABC  
13    BIG BANG THEORY    CBS   
14    ODD COUPLE        CBS 
15    BIG BANG THEORY     CBS 
16    MIDDLE        ABC  
17    NCIS: NEW ORLEANS   CBS 
18    AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY        FOX   
19    MIKE & MOLLY        CBS 
20    BLACKLIST        NBC 
21    2 BROKE GIRLS        CBS 
22    CHICAGO PD        NBC  
23    LAW AND ORDER:SVU        NBC 
24    DWS:THE RESULTS SHOW   ABC 
25    SHARK TANK        ABC

Source: Nielson Ratings Company

The top 10 pop songs for the week of May 14. 

1    1    See You Again  -  Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
2    3    Shut Up & Dance -   WALK THE MOON
3    2    Want To Want Me  -  Jason Derulo
4    4    Uptown Funk! -   Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
5    6    Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)   - OMI
6    5    Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)  -  The Weeknd
7    10    Hey Mama -   David Guetta Featuring Nicki Minaj & Afrojack
8    --    Lean On   - Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MO
9    9    Thinking Out Loud   - Ed Sheeran
10    7    Love Me Like You Do-    Ellie Goulding

Source: Top 10 Songs.com
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