NBA Finals Top 2 Sports Shows For Week
The NBA Finals games 2 and 1 claimed the top 2 sports shows for the week of June 2-8, 2008 with viewership of 13.5 and 13.4 million respectively. The Belmont Stakes at #3 significantly exceeded its recent ABC average to draw 13.1 million as viewers saw Big Brown come up short in his bid for the Triple Crown.
Games 5 and 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals drew far more than they had in recent years to finish at #4 and 5 for the week at 6.8 and 6.2 million viewers respectively.
Top Sports Shows for the Week of June 2-8, 2008:
|RANK||PROGRAMS||Network||Persons Live+SD (000)||HH Rating Live+SD|
|1||NBA FINALS LAKERS/CELTICS-GM 2 6/08||ABC||13,499||8.5|
|2||NBA FINALSLAKERS/CELTICS GM 1 6/05||ABC||13,384||8.7|
|3||BELMONT STAKES 6/07||ABC||13,096||8.2|
|4||NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL DETROIT/PITTSBURGH #6 6/04||NBC||6,779||4.0|
|5||NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL PITTSBURGH/DETROIT #5 6/02||NBC||6,247||3.8|
|6||SPRINT CUP RACING/POCONO||TNT||6,098||3.9|
|7||GMC NBA COUNTDOWN-GM 1 6/05||ABC||5,706||4.0|
|8||BELMONT STAKES PRE-RACE 6/07||ABC||5,638||3.8|
|9||GMC NBA COUNTDOWN-GM 2 6/08||ABC||4,963||3.4|
|12||FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN||CW||4,084||2.4|
|13||STANFORD ST JUDE CHAMP-SU 6/08||CBS||2,614||1.9|
|14||FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL - VARIOUS||FOX||2,606||2.0|
|15||US GYMNASTICS 6/7||NBC||2,303||1.6|
|16||RUMBO AL MUNDIAL 6/4 MEXICO/ARGENTINA||TEL||2,259||1.2|
|17||PREFONTAINE CLASSIC 6/8||NBC||2,085||1.5|
|18||FRENCH OPEN TENNIS SAT 6/07||NBC||2,043||1.6|
|19||FRENCH OPEN TENNIS SUN 6/08||NBC||2,021||1.5|
|20||US GYMNASTICS 6/8||NBC||1,830||1.2|
Close behind with its weekly race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the Poconos placed at #6 with 6.1 million viewers and was the only cable sports show to make our list (but note our caveat below about cable shows).
As usual, WWE Raw put 2 episodes in the top 20, this week at #9 and 10 with 4.7 and 4.5 million viewers. Their broadcast relative, Friday Night Smackdown came in at #12 with 4.1 million viewers.
Major League Baseball put one game in the top 20 at #14 with 2.6 million viewers.
Note: Our Sports Ratings combine the top Broadcast sports shows and any cable sports shows that appeared in the top 40 cable programs. It is possible that a cable sports show that had enough viewers to make this list is left off because it didn’t have enough viewers to make the list of the top 40 cable programs for the week (which is all we have access to).
Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2008 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.