It’s a slam dunk for ABC

NBA bas­ket­ball fi­nals were the three most-watched prime-time pro­grams.

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - City News Ser­vice cal­en­dar@latimes.com

Sport­ing events ac­counted for the most­watched pro­grams on four nights last week, while the sea­son fi­nale of the HBO fan­tasy drama “Game of Thrones” notched an all­time se­ries high.

ABC’s cov­er­age of Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA Fi­nals were the three most­watched prime-time tele­vi­sion pro­grams be­tween June 8 and Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to live-plus-same-day fig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen.

The Golden State War­riors’ 104-91 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers in Game 5 on Sun­day was the week’s most-watched pro­gram, av­er­ag­ing 20.86 mil­lion view­ers. Game 4 on Thurs­day was sec­ond for the week, av­er­ag­ing 19.84 mil­lion view­ers, and Game 3 on Tues­day was third, av­er­ag­ing 18.77 mil­lion view­ers.

Through five games, the fi­nals are av­er­ag­ing 19.6 mil­lion view­ers, the most since 1998, which aired on NBC and was Michael Jor­dan’s last fi­nals ap­pear­ance.

The lone Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal game on broad­cast tele­vi­sion last week was Game 5 on Satur­day, and it av­er­aged 5.26 mil­lion view­ers. That was only 22nd for the week, but it was the night’s most- watched pro­gram.

Fox’s cov­er­age of Fri­day’s 0-0 tie be­tween the U.S. and Swe­den av­er­aged 4.49 mil­lion view­ers, the most for a Women’s World Cup group play game on U.S. tele­vi­sion. The game was 40th among the week’s prime-time broad­cast and ca­ble pro­grams and gave Fox a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Fri­day 8-10 p.m. time slot be­hind the ABC duo of “Shark Tank” and “What Would You Do?” The pre­vi­ous record for a Women’s World Cup group play game was 3.31 mil­lion for the U.S.-Aus­tralia game four days ear­lier on ca­ble’s Fox Sports 1.

NBC’s “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” was the week’s only pro­gram out­side the NBA Fi­nals to av­er­age more than 9 mil­lion view­ers, av­er­ag­ing 10.44 mil­lion to fin­ish fourth.

The NBA Fi­nals en­abled ABC to be the most­watched net­work for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week, av­er­ag­ing 9.02 mil­lion. CBS was sec­ond, av­er­ag­ing 5.02 mil­lion, fol­lowed by NBC, which av­er­aged 4.93 mil­lion and Fox, which av­er­aged 3.36 mil­lion.

ABC’s most-watched non-bas­ket­ball pro­gram was “The Bach­e­lorette,” 12th for the week av­er­ag­ing 6.37 mil­lion view­ers.

The week’s most­watched scripted pro­gram was the sea­son fi­nale of “Game of Thrones,” which av­er­aged 8.11 mil­lion view­ers to fin­ish fifth for the week over­all and first among ca­ble pro­grams.

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