ABC dominated Thursday night with the second game of the NBA Finals
between the Heat and Thunder.
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 4.7 rating for the night, easily topping the key demographic. CBS' 1.5 rating, FOX's 1.3 rating and the 1.0 rating for NBC all followed far back. The CW averaged a 0.2 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 11.33 million viewers to go with a 7.1 rating/12 share for Thursday primetime. CBS was a distant second with nearly 7 million viewers and a 4.6/8. NBC's 3.0/5 and 4.62 million viewers and the 2.0/3 and 3.115 million viewers for FOX followed. The CW averaged a 0.5/1 and 670,000 viewers for the night.
[Univision averaged 3.16 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 for Thursday night.]
8 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 7.03 million viewers for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" and "2 Broke Girls," coming in second with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's NBA Finals pre-game was second overall with 6.91 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.6 key demo rating. NBC's encore of "America's Got Talent" averaged 5.91 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating, beating the 2.62 million viewers and 1.1 key demo rating for FOX's "Take Me Out." The CW's "Breaking Pointe" averaged 873,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - The start of the basketball game took over first for the 9 p.m. hour giving ABC 12.39 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' repeat of "Person of Interest" was second overall with 6.69 million viewers and third with a 1.3 key demo rating. Helped in no small part by its boosted lead-in, NBC's "Saving Hope" rose to 3.96 million viewers, though its key demo rating stayed steady with a low 0.7 rating. FOX's "The Choice" dropped to 3.61 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating in its second week. The CW's "Vampire Diaries" repeat averaged 467,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - The Heat victory over the Thunder was up to 14.71 million viewers and a 6.4 rating among adults 18-49 for the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' "The Mentalist" repeat was second with 7.07 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. NBC's "Rock Center" had a relatively big audience with 4 million viewers and averaged a 0.8 key demo rating.
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.