NBA Finals Propel ABC to Prime-Time Win

Jun 6, 2014  •  Post A Comment

ABC had a dominant night in Thursday prime time, riding Game 1 of the NBA Championship Series to a huge ratings win over its broadcast competition, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC's Game 1, in which the San Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the Miami Heat 110-95, delivered a 5.1 average rating in viewers 18-49, up from a preliminary 4.9 average for last year's Game 1. The game was preceded on ABC by "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night," which pulled a 2.1, and "NBA Countdown," which came through with a 2.8.

NBC, Fox and CBS all finished the night with 1.2 average ratings for prime time in adults 18-49, with CBS getting by with an all-repeat lineup. Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" was even with last week with a 1.6, while "Gang Related" fell two-tenths to a 0.8.

NBC's best number in the 18-49 demo was a 1.4 average for "Last Comic Standing," off two-tenths from a week earlier. "Hollywood Game Night" had a 1.1, down one-tenth, and back-to-back episodes of "Undateable" both came in with 1.0 averages, dipping from last week's 1.3.

For prime time overall, ABC's 4.2 average was by far the best number in viewers 18-49, followed by CBS, NBC and Fox (all with 1.2 averages) and Univision (1.0). ABC also won total viewers, averaging 10.7 million to top CBS (5.7 million), NBC (3.79 million), Fox (3.78 million) and Univision (2.7 million).

The report notes that numbers may be subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the live NBA coverage.

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