NBA Finals Takes WABC to Weekly Prime Time Ratings Glory

NBA-Finals-Feature-300x150By JERRY BARMASH

The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tangling in the NBA Finals on ABC. The Thursday opener won the week in the New York Nielsen ratings. Game 1 had an estimated 1.3 million Channel 7 viewers with a 6.8 rating.

Excitement under the backboard edged excitement from Broadway. The annual Tony Awards, broadcast by CBS was second best for the week. The Sunday night special tallied 1.1 million viewers and a 5.3 rating.

But it’s back to basketball in the Top 5.

Game 2 of the Finals scored at number four with 938,000 viewers and a 4.8 rating. TNT notched huge numbers for Game 7 of the Eastern Finals. The matchup ranked third for the week with 976,000 fans and a 5.0 rating.

After the sports and specials, 60 Minutes took the fifth spot (755,000/3.9).

NBC’s The Voice grabbed a pair of positions in the Top 10—sixth (658,000/3.4) and a tie for seventh (648,000/3.3).

Also getting high marks in the ratings report card, The Big Bang Theory, which tied for seventh place (656,000/3.3).

HBO’s mega hit Game of Thrones had 582,000 viewers and a 3.0 rating. It was joined at number 10 by Two and a Half Men (588,000/3.0).

A special prime time edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live before Game 1 of the NBA Finals tied for 19 (457,000/2.3).

WNYW made its first appearance in the Top 30 at number 26 with So You Think You Can Dance? (393,000/2.0).

The Fox 5 News at 10 continues notching one broadcast in the weekly survey. This time, the Steve Lacy/Dari Alexander newscast tied for 30 (366,000/1.9).


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