Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers
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The latest NBA Finals
resumption of tensions between the Los Angles Lakers and Boston Celtics controlled the ratings race for ABC on Thursday night, holding off a strong third night for "So You Think You Can Dance
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 3.9 rating, beating the 3.2 rating for FOX in the coveted demographic. CBS was a distant third with a 1.5 rating, followed by the 1.2 rating for NBC. The CW's 0.5 rating trailed.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 10.19 million viewers to go with a 6.3 rating/11 share. FOX was second with a 5.2/9, followed closely by the 4.7/8 for CBS. NBC's 1.8/3 was a distant fourth with The CW's 0.9/2 in fifth.
ABC swept the primetime hours starting at 8 p.m. with a 5.0/9 for Jimmy Kimmel pre-game and "NBA Countdown." FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was a close second with a 4.9/9, tying with ABC for first in the key demo with a 2.8 rating. CBS' repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement" were third. NBC's "Community" repeat and a new "100 Questions
" averaged a 1.8/3, with "100 Questions" falling to under 2.23 million viewers in its second airing. The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" repeat had a 0.8/2 for fifth.
The start of the Lakers-Celtics game had a 6.9/12 and a 4.3 demo rating in the 9 p.m. hour for ABC. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" improved to a 5.5/9 and a 3.6 demo rating to finish second. CBS was third with a 5.1/8 for a repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." NBC's "The Office" and "30 Rock" repeats were a distant fourth. On The CW, an encore of the premiere of "Moonlight
," paired with "TVD" for most of the summer, did a 0.9/2, averaging under 1.42 million viewers, but improving on its lead-in.
The Game One win for the Lakers kept ABC in first at 10 p.m. with a 7.1/12 and a 4.6 demo rating. CBS' "The Mentalist" repeat was second with a 6.1/11. That left NBC's repeats of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" in a distant third.
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.