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Ratings Rat Race: Justin Bieber And ‘Saving Hope’ Down, ‘Take Me Out’ Up, Lebron Tops

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 9:35am PDT

The 2012 NBA Finals ended last night with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. Lebron James finally kept his promise to bring a championship to Miami but in fast nationals, last night’s NBA Finals Game 5 (6.4/9) was flat with last year’s Game 5 (6.3/17) between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. The Game was still the winner of the night, bringing in 15.521 million overall viewers. The 2011 Game 5 was not the series-decider as last night’s, that came in Game 6 between Miami and Dallas, which drew 8.6/22.  As the opening act for Game 5 last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night got (2.4/9) and the 8:30 PM NBA Countdown got (3.5/12)

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ABC won the night among Adults 18-49 and in overall audience with 12.914 million viewers.

Over on NBC, it was a case of second verse kind of same as the first. The second night of  the Justin Bieber: All Around The World (0.8/3) was down a tenth from Wednesday’s 0.9/3. The singer’s special drew a total viewership of 3.1 million, down from Wednesday night’s 3.3. million. Bieber was followed by new episode of Saving Hope (0.5/2) which dropped 29% form last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.8/2) was flat with last week.

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Game 5 of NBA Finals On Par With Last Year, Finals Highest Rated in 8 Years

By | Friday June 22, 2012 @ 8:41am PDT

The Miami Heat weren’t the only winners last night when LeBron James and team defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder to win their second NBA championship. ABC scored too.  The 2012 NBA Finals averaged an 11.8 overnight rating for the network. That’s up 5% from last year’s five game Finals overnight ratings average between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. This year is the highest five-game average since 2004 and the second-highest ever for ABC. Thursday’s NBA Finals Game 5 scored  a 12.5 overnight rating, matching last year’s battle between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.

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