ABC scored a big win in the ratings Thursday night with Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.
The preliminary numbers are not considered reliable because of the nature of live programming, but the clear trend shows ABC getting a big win for the night. In fast affiliate ratings, the NBA Finals scored a 5.5 rating in adults 18-49 for the prime-time portion, up 10% from the equivalent broadcast a year ago.
Among the competition, Fox had a 2.1 average rating for the night in 18-49, ahead of CBS (1.8 average), Univision (1.4) and NBC (1.0).
At 8 p.m. Fox’s "So You Think You Can Dance" averaged 2.85 in the 18-49 demographic. Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-game show on ABC paired with the "NBA Countdown" for a 1.9 and a 2.6, respectively, in the same demo.
At 9 p.m. the basketball game tipped off with a 5.15 mean score in the 18-49 demographic. All the other major networks carried repeat programming.
In the 10 p.m. hour ABC’s NBA broadcast rose to a 5.85 in the same demo. A fresh episode of NBC’s “Love Bites” settled for a 1.0.