TV Ratings: ABC and the Lakers rule on Sunday
ABC's going to miss the NBA Finals, but the Lakers will just be happy to bring the title back to Los Angeles after a decisive Game Five win on Sunday night.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 3.8 rating, equalling the combined totals for FOX (1.5 rating), CBS (1.0 rating), NBC (0.9 rating) and The CW (0.4 rating) in the key demographic.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 9.6 million viewers to go with a 5.6 rating/10 share. CBS was second with a 4.4/8. NBC was well back in third with a 2.8/5, followed by the 2.0/4 for FOX and The CW's oddly robust 1.1/2.
CBS began the night in first with a 4.9/10 for "60 Minutes." ABC's NBA Finals pregame was a close second, beating the 3.3/7 for "Dateline NBC." FOX's "American Dad" and "The Simpsons" had a 1.4/3 for fourth, topping the 0.4/1 for "Jericho" on The CW.
ABC moved into first at 8 p.m. with a 5.5/10 for the start of Game Five between Orlando and Los Angeles. CBS was second with a 4.4/8 for "Million Dollar Password." NBC's reairing of the telefilm "10.5: Apocalypse" had a 2.6/5 for the hour, edging the 2.3/4 for FOX's "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill." The CW got a far-better-than-average movie showing from the original "Taking of Pelham 123."
The NBA Finals game was up to a 6.3/11 in the 9 p.m. hour for ABC. CBS stayed second with a repeat of "Cold Case." NBC's telefilm was third, nipping the 2.4/4 for FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad." The CW movie did a 1.6/3 in its second hour.
In the 10 p.m. hour, Kobe Bryant's coronation earned a 6.5/11, beating the 4.3/7 for CBS' "Without a Trace." NBC's "10.5: Apocalypse" was third for the hour.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
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