By 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).
By JERRY BARMASH
The prime time ratings for New York show a good week for cable networks. Specifically, Time Warner’s TNT and HBO, which tied for first place, according to Nielsen.
HBO had its Sunday night must see viewing Game of Thrones with an estimated 786,000 viewers and a 4.0 rating. Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals had 778,000 fans with a 4.0. Marv Albert and company also scored with Tuesday’s Game 4 in a third-place tie (751,000/3.8) and Game 6 on Sunday in a tie for seventh (593,000/3.0).
60 Minutes squeezed into a number three tie (754,000/3.8).
NBC’s The Voice brought up the middle with a fifth and sixth-place showings. The episodes combined for 657,000 WNBC viewers and a 3.3 rating.
CBS’s Big Bang Theory tied for seventh (586,000/3.0).
More from the Top 10 after the jump.
By JERRY BARMASH (@jerrybarmash)
Dancing With The Stars won the weekly battle with American Idol. But the original “reality TV,” 60 Minutes, won the week. The Nielsen ratings for the week ending May 5 show the CBS news magazine garnered an estimated 1.1 million ratings and a 5.6.
Dancing took second best with 1 million WABC viewers and a 5.5 rating. The results show landed in a tie for number six (891,000/4.5) with NBC’s The Voice (880,000/4.5). The Voice ranked tenth (804,000/4.1).
The struggles of Idol are highlighted again with eighth- and ninth-place results. The Fox singing showcase averaged 850,000 WNYW viewers and a 4.3 rating.
CBS’ drama NCIS was third for the week with 974,000 viewers and a 5.0.
The Big Bang Theory was fourth (951,000/4.8), while Modern Family notched 900,000 WABC viewers in fifth place.
More from the ratings after the jump