Tuesday night was a win-win for ABC as the network claimed another ratings victory with its coverage of the NBA Finals and the Miami Heat came back to beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, ensuring that ABC would get a seventh and deciding game.
Citing Nielsen overnight figures for the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports that game six of the championship series scored a 6.5 average rating. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” averaged a 2.6 while “NBA Countdown” drew a 3.8. The report notes that the figures are subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the nature of live programming.
The only other broadcast network to put up much of a fight was NBC, which came in a solid second on the strength of its talent competitions. “America’s Got Talent” slipped just one-tenth of a point from last week in viewers 18-49, delivering a 2.9 average, while the two-hour results finale of “The Voice” slipped one-tenth from the finale last spring to a 4.3.
CBS aired an all-repeat lineup of “NCIS” (1.1 average in 18-49), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.8) and “Person of Interest” (0.9), while Fox saw a fresh two-hour installment of “So You Think You Can Dance” lose ground, dipping three-tenths from a week ago to a 1.4.
ABC led the way for prime time overall in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 5.4 rating to NBC’s 3.8, Univision’s 1.5, Fox’s 1.4 and CBS’s 0.9. NBC came out on top in total viewers, averaging 14.0 million to 13.7 million for ABC, 6.4 million for CBS, 3.9 million for Fox and 3.7 million for Univision.