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TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals On Top; So You Think You Can Dance Rises

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June 4th, 2010


Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Scoreboard ABC FOX CBS Uni NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 3.9/12 3.2/10 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.5/2
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 4.0/14 3.1/11 0.9/3 1.8/6 1.1/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.188 8.503 7.064 3.485 2.733 1.350


As expected, Game 1 of the Lakers / Celtics NBA Finals flew high above everything else on television Thursday. Against the roundball competition, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance was up 7% in the adults 18-49 ratings vs. last week.

With the caveat that all of ABC's numbers are subject to significant revision in the final numbers, the Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night special drew a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, and the NBA Countdown pregame show drew a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. The primetime portion of Game 1 of the Lakers / Celtics NBA Finals drew a 4.5 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11pm. That's up a tenth of a ratings point vs. last year’s Game 1 (Orlando Magic vs. LA Lakers), which posted a 4.4/12 from 9-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 5.4/16 from 9-11:43p in the Finals.

I'd expect us to see updated and more complete ratings information on the game later today.

Fox's So You Think You Can Dance weathered the night far better than the Celtics did. It was up 7% vs. last week's premiere to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's 100 Questions was also up, 12.5% or a tenth of a ratings point, to a still tiny 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

The return of Moonlight repeats to broadcast primetime drew a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, identical to the Vampire Diaries repeats preceding it.

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast. ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were delayed by basketball.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore telecast; and "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore telecast. ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were delayed by basketball.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore telecast) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore telecast and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)
8:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.5 9 7.636
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.5 9 7.040
CBS How I Met Your Mother (repeat) 1.1 4 4.092
NBC Community (repeat) 1.0 4 3.059
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.5 2 1.308
8:30 FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.2 11 8.541
ABC NBA Countdown 3.2 11 8.815
CBS Rules of Engagement (repeat) 1.3 4 4.617
NBC 100 Questions 0.9 3 2.229
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.5 2 1.261
9:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 1 Boston v. LA 4.1 13 10.603
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.5 11 9.271
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.4 4 7.083
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.2 4 2.781
CW Moonlight (repeat) 0.5 2 1.433
9:30 ABC NBA Finals Game 1 Boston v. LA 4.4 13 11.412
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 3.6 10 9.160
CBS CSI (repeat) 1.6 5 7.987
NBC 30 Rock (repeat) 1.2 4 2.839
CW Moonlight (repeat) 0.5 1 1.397
10:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 1 Boston v. LA 4.7 14 11.466
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.9 5 9.240
NBC The Office (repeat) 1.4 4 2.945
10:30 ABC NBA Finals Game 1 Boston v. LA 4.6 14 11.193
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 1.8 5 9.366
NBC Parks and Recreation (repeat) 1.2 4 2.546

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