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UPDATE: David Letterman Exchanges Retirement Thoughts With NBA Champ Tim Duncan (Video)

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 4:43pm PDT

UPDATE: David Letterman Exchanges Retirement Thoughts With NBA Champ Tim Duncan (Video)UPDATE, 4:50 PM: Sports media beat David Letterman to the news that NBA champ Tim Duncan had decided to return for another season with the San Antonio Spurs. Even so, Dave welcomed Duncan to his show, and asked him if he had thought about retiring, adding, “You and I are about the same age.”

“I did — thought about calling it a year, calling it a career,” Duncan responded, “But I felt I could at least do one more year. I felt I was still effective — could still play and help the team.” Watch below:

PREVIOUS: THURSDAY, PM:  Late Show With David Letterman tweeted today that it has booked Tim Duncan as Dave’s Tuesday guest. The veteran San Antonio Spurs center just won his fifth NBA championship, and insiders say Tuesday’s also the day Duncan will announce whether he is retiring. There is talk that he might, but conventional wisdom is that the 38-year-old will come back for at least one more season.

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NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Beats ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ On NBA Finals Nights For First Time Since 2011

NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Beats ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ On NBA Finals Nights For First Time Since 2011After ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got some ink last week for winning an NBA-boosted night two weeks back, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon won both NBA Finals nights last week –  for The Tonight Shows first adults 18-49 wins on NBA nights since 2011 (Jimmy Kimmel Live had been beating Tonight Show on every NBA night in the demo, going back that far). Fallon delivered a decisive win in late-night ratings for the week of June 9-13, beating the combined rating of JKL and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman in the demo (Fallon: 1.24/6; Kimmel: 0.79/4; Letterman: 0.43/2). NBC’s Friday results were excluded due to a lengthy NHL overrun; Kimmel was in rebroadcast two days last week; Letterman ran an encore Friday). Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Subjects NBA Stars To Mean Tweet Treatment: Video

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 12:33pm PDT

After ABC broadcast the San Antonio Spurs 104-87 crushing of the Miami Heat in last night’s NBA Finals Game 5, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel had some NBA stars read some crushingly mean tweets.  Watch here:

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Ratings Rat Race: NBA Finals Dominate The Night

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: NBA Finals Dominate The NightYou know how the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat in last night’s NBA Finals? That’s pretty much how the blowout Game 5 dominated the night, ratings-wise. ABC’s 8-10:52 PM ET broadcast of the game, in which the Spurs won their fifth NBA Championship by extinguishing the Heat 104-87,  is the biggest game of this year’s series,  and was Sunday’s dominant No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers (17.9 million) and across each of the key adult demographics: A18-34 (6.6 rating), A18-49 (6.8 rating) and A25-54 (7.2 rating), according to fast nationals.  Game 5 was up year to year in total viewers (vs. 16.3 million) and 8% in the demo (vs. 6.3 rating). On average, the 2014 NBA Finals grew over the first 5 games of last year’s Spurs-Heat series by 3% in Total Viewers (15.5 million vs. 15.1 million).

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For the night, ABC more than tripled runner-up CBS in total viewers (212% – 13.4 million vs. 4.3 million) and outscored the other broadcast networks combined in the demo by 143% (5.1/17 vs. 2.1/8 – CBS, NBC and Fox combined). Sunday marked ABC’s most watched non-Oscar Sunday in 3 years. The broadcast marked the 42nd consecutive time the NBA Finals game has won its night across the entire television landscape, more than doubling its broadcast competition. Not surprisingly, the top-rated local market was San Antonio (42.6), followed closely by Miami (27.6) — followed by Austin (22.0) Oklahoma (17.7) and West Palm Beach (17.1).  ABC noted the 2014 NBA Finals was the most-social TV program of the night, with 6,399,537 tweets, while amassing 16,609,206 tweets over the entire 5-game series. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 4 Down From Last Year, Still Dominates

By | Friday June 13, 2014 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

game4The NBA Finals series between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat finally took a different turn after mirroring the pattern of last year’s face-off for the first three games, with the Spurs taking the opening matchup, Miami evening things out and the Spurs pulling ahead in Game 3. Instead of the Heat tying the series at two games apiece as they did last year, the San Antonio team widened its lead to 3-1 last night with a decisive 107-86 victory. The game pulled in a 10.6 overnight rating for ABC, down 12% from last year’s 12 rating for Game 4. It was up slightly from the third game this year, which drew a 10.3 on Tuesday. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night and NBA Countdown matched their Tuesday preliminary numbers. ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers by a wide margin.

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NBA Finals-Fueled Jimmy Kimmel Beats Original ‘Tonight Show’ For First Time Ever, But ‘Tonight’ Takes The Week

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live beat an original episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the demo for the first time ever on Kimmel’s NBA Finals-fueled Thursday night last week. With its NBA Finals lead-in, Thursday’s Kimmel-cast clocked 1.482 million demo viewers to Fallon’s 1.226 million. But, despite Kimmel’s NBA lead-in on Thursday night, Fallon beat Kimmel, and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, in every key ratings measure for the week, including more overall viewers every night.

Last year, Kimmel’s week included repeats on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This year he repeated on Wednesday and Friday, and was up 15%. Tonight, however, scored the bigger year-to-year gains — 27%. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Jennifer Lopez’s World Cup Redirect, NBA Finals TV Ratings, Amazon And Warner Bros Clash (Video)

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 12:12pm PDT
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Morning Report, June 11 2014

Jennifer Lopez switches fields, will sing at World Cup opening ceremony; NBA Finals Game 3 ratings on par with 2013; Amazon scraps with Warner Bros over bigger piece of sales pie.

World Cup Preview: Studios & Networks Play Games Too
RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Inches Up
Is Amazon Messing With Warner Bros Home Video Preorders?

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Inches Up, ‘Talent’ Slips, ‘Night Shift’ Steady

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 8:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

nbagame32014The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat continue to follow the script of their NBA Finals showdown last year, with the Spurs winning Game 3 last night to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The game on ABC drew a 10.3 overnight rating in the metered market households, up a tenth from Game 2 and up 3% from last year’s Game 3 as last night’s score, 111-92, was slightly more competitive than Spurs’ 113-77 drubbing of the Heat in 2013. ABC is projected to easily win the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tony Awards, NBA Finals Game 2 On Par With Last Year

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 8:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBA Finals Game 2 RatingsThis year’s NBA Finals are starting to feel like a rerun. The same two teams are following the same win pattern last year — the San Antonio Spurs took Game 1, followed by a Miami Heat victory in Game 2 — to the same ratings results. Last night’s second game drew a 10.2 overnight rating in the metered markets households from 8-11 PM, matching last year’s Game 2 overnight rating. Like last year, Game 2 faced the Tony Awards on CBS.

The 68th Annual Tony AwardsThere was a also an element of deja vu at the Tonys, with last year’s host Neil Patrick Harris returning as a performer and a Tony winner for Hedwig And The Angry Inch. With fellow frequent Tony host Hugh Jackman succeeding Harris as emcee, the Tonys posted a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.0 million total viewers from 8-11 PM in the fast nationals. That was even with last year’s 18-49 result and down a fraction from 2o13′s viewership (7.24 million in the fast nationals, 7.3 million in the finals).

NBC’s Miss USA telecast (1.4, 5.5 million ), also from 8-11 PM, was up a tenth from last year in 18-49 and 21% in total viewers. On Fox, a burn-off original of cancelled comedy Enlisted (0.4) at 7 PM was even with last week. At 9 PM, Cosmos (1.1) was down … Read More »

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UPDATE: ABC’s NBA Finals Game 1 Up From 2013; ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Logs First Demo Win Against Jimmy Fallon

2014 NBA Finals - Game OneUPDATE, 2:29 PM:  Viewership for Game 1 of the Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals rematch is up on ABC, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s game averaged 14,846,000 viewers –  up 4% compared to last year’s 14,241,000 viewers. It also averaged a 9.0 U.S. household rating, up 2% from an 8.8 for last year’s Game 1. The 9.0 rating matches the second-highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 since 2004. ABC reported the game also is up “in every key demo”: men 18-34 (8.0 vs. 7.5), men 18-49 (7.9 vs. 7.4), men 25-54 (7.8 vs.7.6), adults 18-34 (6.0 vs. 5.8), adults 18-49 (6.0 vs. 5.7) and adults 25-54 (6.1 vs. 5.9). Female demos were not included; draw your own conclusion.  The NBA Finals on Twitter was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year with more than 3.2 million tweets and up 18% when compared to Game 1 last season.  Additionally, the game was the most-talked about television program of the day, accounting for 76% of all television conversation on Twitter, according to Nielsen Social.

jimmy-fallon-vs-jimmy-kimmel-650PREVIOUS, 8:20 AM: Thursdays Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC ranked as the night’s No. 1 talk show in late-night, in households (3.1/9) and adults 18-49 (1.5/8), according to early stats, beating an original telecast of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the first time ever in both Nielsen measures (2.6/7 and 1.0/5). It’s also the first time Kimmel’s show has enjoyed an NBA Finals lead-in since Fallon took over Tonight Show. Game 1 of the NBA Finals on ABC delivered a 10.4 overnight rating, peaking with a 12.7 in the final quarter. The game, in which the San Antonia Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 110-95, won the night for the 38th consecutive time, nearly doubling the broadcast competition in overnight ratings. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Box Office Kickoff, NBA Finals TV Ratings, Jane Fonda At AFI (Video)

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 11:56am PDT
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Morning Report, Friday June 6

'The Fault In Our Stars' opens with $8.2 million in late-night screenings, dwarfing 'Edge Of Tomorrow'; Game 1 of NBA Finals dominates TV ratings, Jane Fonda feted with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Matinees Exceptional After $8.2M Late Nights
ABC’s NBA Finals Ratings Thump Competition
Jane Fonda Gets AFI Life Achievement Award

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Game 7 Of NBA Finals Delivers Big Ratings, ‘Hannibal’ Ends Flat

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LeBron James is no Kobe Bryant when it comes to audience drawing power, but he’s getting close. Last night’s very competitive Game 7 of the NBA Finals, in which James led the Miami Heat to a second straight title, delivered a big 17.7 overnight rating. That is the second-highest-rated NBA game in ABC history only behind the last time the finals stretched to seven games — the 2010 face-off between the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics. That closing game, in which the Bryant-led Lakers clinched another championship, posted an 18.2. Overall, the 2013 NBA Finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up 5% from the 11.8 for the 2012 NBA Finals, which were wrapped in five games. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 5 Dips From 2012, ‘Miss USA’ Down

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBA Finals Ratings Game 5After Game 5 of the NBA Finals last year, the Miami Heat were celebrating a championship. At the same mark this year, LeBron James & Co. are in a very different position, trailing the San Antonio Spurs 3-2. Ratings for this year’s NBA Finals too have been trailing last year’s, with last night’s Game 5 posting a 11.4 overnight rating, down 3% from last June’s decider. Things are looking up for ABC, which is getting at least one more game in this year’s finals and is projected to win Sunday night.

Miss USA continues to fade. Last night, NBC’s telecast of the 2013 pageant drew a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49, down a steep 28% from last year after a 18% drop from 2011 to 2012. And that was with a solid lead-in from the conclusion of the U.S. Open golf tournament on the East Coast. (2.1 18-49 in the fast nationals.) Also hitting a low (season low) was CBS’ 60 Minutes (0.9/3, down 25% from last week.)

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 4 Dips From 2012, ‘Kimmel’ Up

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:54 PM: The final score is in and last night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals proved a close loss for ABC compared to last year. With a 6.7/12 rating and 16.2 million total viewers the battle between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs dipped 7% in viewers and 9% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s Game 4. The Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder game on June 19, 2012 pulled in 17.4 million viewers and a 7.4 in the demo. Still last night’s game garnered the best numbers in viewership and key demos for the network for the 2013 series to date. It also saw ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night special up over last year’s comparable night with a 13% rise in viewers and 10% among Adults 18-49 to 3.5 million watching and a 1.1/4 rating.  In final numbers, the NBA Countdown pre-game show drew 5.7 million total viewers and a 2.0/7 rating. That’s up 2% in viewers and a slip of 9% among Adults 18-49 from the June 19, 2012 broadcast.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Down, ‘The Voice’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady

Between basketball and the reality shows there was a lot of competition on TV on Tuesday — literally and figuratively. With 11.95 million watching, the San Antonio Spurs thrashed the Miami Heat 113-77 last night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals with the third-largest margin of victory in Finals history. But ABC still took a tumble: Tuesday’s 9-11:45 PM ET game posted a 10.0 overnight rating, down from the 10.4 result of last year’s Game 3, when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 17. Meanwhile, the live one-hour semifinal results show of NBC’s The Voice (2.7/9) also wobbled last night, falling 13% from its June 4 episode to hit an all-time low for the show excluding recaps.

Last night’s Heat-Spurs game hit a 37.5 local market rating in San Antonio, marking the best local rating of the 2013 NBA Finals so far; the game drew a 28.4 in the Miami market. The series is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating so far, down from the 11.3 last year’s series had at this point. In primetime fast nationals, the NBA Finals Game 3 (4.9/14) was down 14% from last year’s Game 3 between the Heat and Thunder. Typical of live events, expect adjustments in the final numbers later today. The Spurs lead the series 2-1, with the next game Thursday.

Before the game, ABC aired Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night (2.4/8) and NBA Countdown (2.3/7). In fast nationals, the former was up 26% against the comparable night last year while the latter was down 12%. In overnight ratings, though, Countdown was up 46% from the comparable night during last year’s Finals with a 3.8 vs. 2012’s 2.6. ABC won the night in adults 18-49, with NBC tops in viewers.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tony Awards Up From Last Year, NBA Game 2 Down

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 8:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Popular Broadway shows and movie stars in the running and another standout host performance by Neil Patrick Harris resulted in double-digit ratings gains for the Tony Awards vs. last year’s all time lows. Last night’s telecast on CBS drew 7.24 million viewers, up 20% from 2012 and the largest audience since 2009. In adults 18-49, the show logged a 1.2 rating, also up 20%.

ABC dominated the night with Game 2 of the NBA Finals but posted a year-to-year drop. The game, in which Miami Heat defeated the Spurs to even the series at 1-1, drew a 10.2 overnight rating. That was down 14% from last year’s Game 2 between Heat and Oklahoma City, which also saw Heat pull even. Fox and NBC aired all repeats.

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 1 Down Double Digits From 2012

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:31 PM: The final numbers are in for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and it remains a loss for ABC. Running from 9 PM – 11:39 PM ET, the match-up between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat received a 5.7/18 with 14.2 million viewers watching. That’s down 17% among Adults 18-49 from the first game of last year’s NBA Final on June 12, 2012. The game was also down 12% in terms of viewers from last year. Having said that, Thursday’s game was the best ever start for a finals that ABC has had when the Spurs are playing. The Heat and the Spurs meet up for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday evening at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET on ABC.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:09 AM: With a last minute basket from Tony Parker to seal the deal, the San Antonio Spurs beat reigning champions the Miami Heat 92-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night but ABC took a loss. Thursday’s Game 1 posted a 10.6 overnight rating. That’s down from the 11.8 last year’s Game 1 match-up between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored on June 12, 2012, which was the best result in 8 years. Last night’s result peaked at a 13.1 rating Read More »

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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Up, ‘Love In The Wild’ Slides To Season Low

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT

NBA Finals RatingsThe Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the NBA Finals scored pretty nicely as well. Game 4 (6.0/17) was up 9% from last year’s Game 4 battle between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. In fast nationals, Tuesday’s game drew 13.97 million viewers and garnered an overnight rating of 12.4, the highest-rated Game 4 since the 14.5 of 2004′s LA Lakers-Detroit Pistons court battle. The series so far is averaging an 11.6 overnight rating, ABC’s highest since 2004 and the second highest since the network began broadcasting the NBA Finals.

The news was not so upbeat at NBC: After double America’s Got Talent repeats at 8 PM (1.5/5) and 9 PM (1.8/5), Tuesday’s new episode of Love In The Wild (1.3/4) was down 13%. That marks the lowest rating for the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show since the 1.6/4 of its season premiere June 5. Last night’s episode drew 4.1 million viewers. Read More »

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