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Please note, these numbers are preliminary and that due to the nature of how live events are measured, the numbers for last night’s Lakers/Magic game are even more subject to change than normal. Also note that these numbers measure the prime-time portion of the game only and on the east coast the game ran past 11pm and even the preliminary numbers have not been time-zone adjusted for the game.
Update: in the final numbers, the game averaged 16 million viewers and a 6.4 adults 18-49 rating between 9:02p-12:23a
ABC easily won the night with game four of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic, where Dwight Howard couldn’t sink even one out of two critical free throws and the Lakers ultimately won in overtime.
Fox came in second on the strength of the So You Think You Can Dance results show.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Share||18-34 Rating/Share||Viewers (Millons)|
|8:00||ABC||Jimmy Kimmel Live||3.2/11||3.1/2||8.66|
|NBC||I’m a Celebrity…||1.6/6||1.3/5||4.91|
|CBS||The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)||1.2/4||0.8/3||4.73|
|NBC||I’m a Celebrity…||1.9/6||1.5/5||5.25|
|CBS||The New Adventures of Old Christine (R)||1.3/4||0.9/3||4.93|
|9:00||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4: Lakers vs. Magic||5.3/15||5.3/17||13.66|
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance||3.2/9||3.2/10||8.53|
|NBC||The Office (R)||1.6/4||1.5/5||3.47|
|9:30||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4: Lakers vs. Magic||4.4/12||4.5/14||11.31|
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance||3.3/9||3.3/10||8.84|
|NBC||30 Rock (R)||1.2/3||1.1/4||3.12|
|10:00||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4: Lakers vs. Magic||4.8/14||5.1/16||12.001|
|CBS||The Mentalist (R)||1.7/5||1.0/3||8.80|
|10:30||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4: Lakers vs. Magic||4.8/14||5.0/16||11.87|
|CBS||The Mentalist (R)||1.8/5||1.0/3||9.13|
Shows are sorted from highest 18-49 rating to lowest in each time slot.
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