TV Ratings Thursday: NBA Finals Game 5 Prelim. Up vs. Last Year, 'So You Think You Can Dance' Tumbles, 'Love Bites' Even Lower Ratings

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June 10th, 2011

Scoreboard ABC FOX Uni CBS NBC CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 TBD 2.4/7 1.7/5 1.4/2 0.8/2 0.3/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 TBD 2.3/8 1.9/6 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) TBD 6.942 3.683 7.237 2.166 0.973

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.

In the Thursday preliminary (and certain to be adjusted up) fast affiliate ratings the primetime portion of the Heat/Mavericks NBA Finals Game 5 from 9-11pm scored a 6.3 adults 18-49 rating, that was up 17% vs. the fast affiliate 5.4 adults 18-49 rating for the 8-11pm primetime portion of last year’s game 2 on a Sunday (which increased to a 7.2 rating in the finals) of the Lakers/Celtics series. Expect those preliminary ratings to be adjusted upwards in the final ratings available later today.

Update: Here are the final ratings for the NBA Finals Game 5

No matter if its Dirk, LeBron or D-Wade, NBA Finals TV ratings are breaking ABC's way.

While ABC will certainly top the night’s adults 18-49 ratings, we’ll have to wait for the final ratings to see by exactly how much.

Perhaps pummeled by the NBA Finals on ABC, Fox's two hour So You Think You Can Dance drew a 2.4 adults 18-49  rating, down 17% from last Thursday's one hour episode.

Airing with the unmistakeable scent of summer burn off, NBC's 2010-11 season reject Love Bites managed just a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% vs. last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 9, 2011: (ignore ABC half hours for comparison purposes).

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE:  GAME 2.4 8 7.059
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.2 8 6.422
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.8 6 7.313
NBC COMMUNITY - R 0.6 2 2.082
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.4 1 1.053
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.6 8 7.222
CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.6 5 6.006
NBC 30 ROCK - R 0.6 2 2.015
CW THE Vampire Diaries - R 0.3 1 0.957
9:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 5.0 14 12.719
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.6 8 7.348
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE - R 1.2 4 6.911
NBC The Office - R 0.9 3 2.303
CW Nikita - R 0.3 1 0.976
9:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 6.3 17 15.669
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE - R 1.4 4 7.859
CW Nikita - R 0.3 1 0.907
10:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 6.7 18 16.425
CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.3 4 7.689
NBC LOVE BITES 1.0 3 2.302
10:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 7.1 20 16.922
CBS THE Mentalist - R 1.3 3 7.646
NBC LOVE BITES 0.9 2 2.322

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," 2.7/6; and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6. ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were delayed by an NBA overrun.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; and "Late Show," 0.7/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) 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 and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day DVR viewing" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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