NBA leads ABC to a win

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - City News Ser­vice

The most- watched NBA Fi­nals Game 6 since 2011, as well as time- slot vic­to­ries by the pre­mieres of the new­est ver­sions of “Celebrity Fam­ily Feud” and “Bat­tleBots,” helped give ABC its third con­sec­u­tive f irst- place f in­ish in the weekly prime- time rat­ings race.

The Golden State War­riors’ ti­tle- clinch­ing 105- 97 vic­tory over the Cleve­land Cava­liers on June 16 av­er­aged 23.25 mil­lion view­ers, the most for any prime- time pro­gram since April 6, when the NCAA Di­vi­sion I men’s bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship game av­er­aged 28.26 mil­lion on CBS, ac­cord­ing to live­plus-same- day f ig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen.

The se­ries av­er­aged 19.9 mil­lion, the most since the 1998 Fi­nals, which aired on NBC and proved to be the last time Michael Jor­dan played in the Fi­nals.

Sun­day’s pre­miere of “Celebrity Fam­ily Feud” fin­ished third among prime­time broad­cast and ca­ble pro­grams air­ing from June 15 through Sun­day, av­er­ag­ing 8.66 mil­lion view­ers, third for the week be­hind Game 6 of the NBA Fi­nals and NBC’s “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” which was sec­ond, av­er­ag­ing 10.18 mil­lion view­ers.

The au­di­ence was the largest for a pre­miere of a sum­mer al­ter­na­tive pro­gram since CBS’ “The Great­est Amer­i­can Dog” on July 10, 2008.

“Celebrity Fam­ily Feud” was also third for the week among view­ers ages 18 to 49, be­hind the sixth games of the NBA Fi­nals and Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal, the lat­ter of which aired on NBC. ABC, Fox and NBC tar­get view­ers 18- 49, who are cov­eted by ad­ver­tis­ers be­cause they watch less tele­vi­sion and are harder to reach.

The pre­miere of “Bat­tleBots,” which fol­lowed “Celebrity Fam­ily Feud” on ABC, av­er­aged 5.44 mil­lion view­ers, f inishing f irst in its Sun­day 9- 10 p. m. time slot and 19th for the week.

Un­like most pre­mieres, “Celebrity Fam­ily Feud” and “Bat­tleBots” were based on pre­vi­ous se­ries. “Fam­ily Feud” has been on tele­vi­sion on and off since 1976, in­clud­ing a prime- time celebrity ver­sion that ran on NBC in 2008. “Bat­tleBots” ini­tially ran on ca­ble’s Com­edy Cen­tral from 2000 to 2002.

ABC’s other pre­miere of the week, the hour­long “The As­tro­naut Wives Club,” av­er­aged 5.51 mil­lion view­ers, f inishing sec­ond in its Thurs­day 8- 9 p. m. time slot, be­hind re­runs of the halfhour sit­coms “The Big Bang The­ory” and “The Odd Cou­ple,” and 16th for the week. Here are the com­bined rank­ings for na­tional prime- time net­work and ca­ble tele­vi­sion last week ( June 15- 21) 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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