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TV Ratings Sunday: NBA Finals Game 6 Prelim. Up Sharply vs. Last Year; 'Tony Awards' Rises

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June 13th, 2011


Scoreboard ABC FOX Uni CBS NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share TBD 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share TBD 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.8/2 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) TBD 3.049 2.692 7.491 4.134

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals, pregame) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

The primetime portion (8-11p) of the NBA Finals Game 6 on ABC between the Heat & Mavericks scored a preliminary 8.6 adults 18-49 rating for the primetime portion from 8-11pm, that was up 59% from the two hour (9-11p) primetime portion of Game 6 last year (5.4 preliminary rating, adjusted up to a 7.1 rating in the finals) between the Lakers & Celtics.

Even with the caveats about live event fast affiliate ratings, ABC's NBA Finals Game 6 slam dunked the mostly repeat Sunday broadcast TV competition. While the game easily topped the night's ratings, its fast affiliate ratings are likely to be adjusted upwards in the final ratings due Tuesday, so these preliminary ratings are useless for same night comparison purposes, you can ignore the ABC half hour ratings below.

As the only broadcast networks with originals against the NBA, CBS's 60 Minutes drew a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, and the 65th Annual Tony Awards had a 1.2 rating up a tenth (9%) vs. last year's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Its average viewership of 6.921 million was anticipated nicely by our polled readers.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 12, 2011:

7:00 ABC JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE:  GAME 2.8 10 7.635
CBS 60 Minutes 1.0 3 8.822
FOX American Dad - R 1.0 4 2.265
NBC Dateline:  NBC 0.7 3 3.829
7:30 ABC BUICK REGAL NBA COUNTDOWN 3.8 12 9.711
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2 4 9.576
FOX BOB'S Burgers - R 1.0 3 2.092
NBC Dateline:  NBC 0.8 3 3.812
8:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 6.0 18 15.424
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.4 4 8.393
FOX THE Simpsons - R 1.4 4 3.082
NBC Minute To Win It - R 0.8 2 2.923
8:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 7.7 21 19.301
FOX The Cleveland Show - R 1.4 4 3.036
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.2 3 7.186
NBC Minute To Win It - R 0.8 2 3.456
9:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 8.1 21 20.513
FOX Family Guy - R 2.0 5 4.111
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.3 3 7.244
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.0 3 4.018
9:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 8.9 22 21.761
FOX American Dad - R 1.7 4 3.709
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.3 3 4.763
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.1 3 6.778
10:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 10.2 25 24.305
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.5 4 5.163
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.0 3 6.224
10:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 10.7 27 25.121
NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 - R 1.5 4 5.105
CBS THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 1.0 2 5.701

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Definitions:

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.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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