NBA Fi­nals put ABC on the board

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - City News Ser­vice

The un­prece­dented pair of over­time games helped the open­ing two games of the NBA Fi­nals on ABC av­er­age its largest au­di­ence since the 2001 Fi­nals that aired on NBC.

The Cleve­land Cava­liers’ 95-93 victory over the Golden State War­riors in Game 2 on Sun­day was the most­watched prime-time pro­gram from June 1 through Sun­day, av­er­ag­ing 19.17 mil­lion view­ers, ac­cord­ing to live-plus-same-day fig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen. The au­di­ence was the largest for a fi­nals Game 2 since 1998, when Michael Jor­dan and the Chicago Bulls faced the Utah Jazz in a se­ries tele­vised by NBC.

Golden State’s 108-100 victory in Game 1 Thurs­day was sec­ond for the week, av­er­ag­ing 17.77 mil­lion view­ers.

NBC’s “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” was the week’s only other pro­gram to av­er­age more than 9 mil­lion view­ers, av­er­ag­ing 10.84 mil­lion.

The NBA Fi­nals led ABC to be the most-watched net­work for the first time since the week of Feb. 16-22, when it aired the Os­cars.

CBS was sec­ond, av­er­ag­ing 5.87 mil­lion view­ers, fol­lowed by NBC, which av­er­aged 5.34 mil­lion, and Fox, which av­er­aged 3.03 mil­lion.

CBS’ cov­er­age of the Tony Awards was 13th for the week, av­er­ag­ing 6.46 mil­lion view­ers, its small­est au­di­ence since 2012. Here are the com­bined rank­ings for na­tional prime-time net­work and ca­ble tele­vi­sion last week (June 1-7) as com­piled by Nielsen. They are based on the av­er­age num­ber of peo­ple who watched a pro­gram from start to fin­ish dur­ing its sched­uled tele­cast or on a play­back de­vice the same day. Nielsen es­ti­mates there are 289 mil­lion po­ten­tial view­ers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. View­er­ship is listed in mil­lions.

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