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.
The 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.
The Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and scored an overnight rating of 10.4. The game, which peaked to a 14.7 from 7:30-7:45 PM PT in overnight ratings for ABC, was the night’s highest-rated telecast (5.6/16) and drew 13.376 million total viewers. Based on fast nationals, however, that is actually down from last year’s Game 3 overnight (11.1) when Miami played the Dallas Mavericks. Overall, this year’s NBA Finals are averaging an 11.3 overnight rating compared with 2011’s 10.8. It is proving to be the highest-rated NBA championship series since 2004’s Detroit Pistons-LA Lakers matchup, and the second highest-rated series ever on ABC behind the all-time record holder, 2010′s Boston Celtics-LA Lakers showdown. The kickoff to ABC’s night of basketball was 8 PM’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.9/8) and the 8:30 PM NBA Countdown (2.6/9). ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and and total viewers (11.49 million).
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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but ABC scored. Last night’s game posted an 11.8 national overnight rating, the highest ever for a Finals Game 1, surpassing a 2004 matchup between the Detroit Pistons and LA Lakers. Leading in the night for ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.2/7) at 8 PM on ABC was flat with its performance last year as was the 8:30 PM live NBA Countdown (2.8/8). The NBA Finals Game 1 (5.6/15) was up 2% from last year’s fast national of 5.5. The game drew 13.19 million total viewers based on preliminary figures that will likely change later today. ABC won the night in viewers and adults 18-49.
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After trailing last year’s LA Lakers-Boston Celtics matchup for the first five games, this year’s NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat came out on top for the deciding Game 6, in which Dallas defeated Miami 105-95 to win the franchise’s first NBA championship. Last night’s game generated a 15.0 overnight household rating to become the highest-rated Game 6 ever on ABC and the highest overall in 11 years. (ABC has been carrying the NBA Finals since 2003). Versus last year’s Game 6 between the Lakers and Celtics, last night’s closer was up 22%, though the Lakers-Celtics series went to a seventh game, which posted a monster 18.2 overnight rating. Compared to Game 6 of the 2006 Finals between the Mavericks and Heat, last night’s game was up 35%. The NBA Finals secured a dominating Sunday victory for ABC in total viewers and adults 18-49. In the not-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals, the network’s averages were a 7.3/20 in 18-49 and 18 million viewers, with the numbers expected to climb when true fast nationals/finals are announced.
Airing against the deciding game of the NBA Finals, the 65th Annual Tony Awards (1.2/3, 7 million viewers) was up 9% in 18-49 from last year. The ceremony, which drew praise for host Neil Patrick Harris, was dominated by Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s breakout hit The Book of Mormon, which won nine awards, including best musical.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals on ABC was once again the top program last night. The game, in which Dallas held off Miami’s fourth-quarter rally to win 112-103, delivered a 12.6 overnight household rating. And again, that was slightly …
Another down-to-the-wire game between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat dominated broadcast primetime last night against virtually no original competition. Game 3 of the NBA Finals, won by Miami 88-86 after a controversial call in Miami’s favor early on, drew …
The Dallas Mavericks-Miami Heat thriller scored a 10.5 overnight rating and is poised to easily win the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Game 2 of the NBA Finals, which the Mavericks rallied to win by two points, was down 4% from last year’s second game between the L.A. Lakers …
LeBron is edging out Kobe in the NBC Finals popularity contest so far. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks last night drew a 10.7 overnight household rating on ABC. That was up 3% from the Lakers-Celtics Game 1 last year. It was also up 15% vs. Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals, which also featured the Heat (sans LeBron James) and the Mavericks. ABC is expected to win the night in adults 18-49, though time-adjusted ratings for the game and Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-game special won’t be available until later today.
NBC looks on track to top the night in total viewers (14.8 million) and finish a strong second in 18-49 (4.4/12) with the season premiere of America’s Got Talent, paired with hot newcomer The Voice. The sixth season debut of America’s Got Talent (4.2/12 in 18-49, 15 million viewers) was up 17% from last season’s premiere in 18-49 and 21% in total viewers. (Last year, the Talent opener faced the season premieres of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and ABC’s Wipeout.) It was the show’s most-watched premiere ever and the highest-rated in the demo since 2007. At 10 PM, The Voice (4.9/13, 14.4 million) took full advantage of its strong lead-in, jumping 29% from last week in 18-49 and 69% in total viewers for its most-watched telecast to date.
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