TV Ratings Sunday: NBA Finals Game 3 Leads ABC to Easy Win, US Open a Distant Second

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June 18th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.8/14 2.1/6 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.0/17 1.4/5 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million)  11.491 8.777 2.687 2.658 5.394


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

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 and in in total viewers.

On ABC, Game 3 of the NBA Finals earned a 5.5  adults 18-49 rating and dominated everything else on TV.

On NBC, The US Open earned 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and was followed by a repeat of Betty White's Off Their Rockers.

FOX and CBS were all repeats for the evening

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM NBC 2012 US Open Golf Championship 7-10:30p
2.3 7 9.453
ABC Jimmy Kimmel NBA Special 1.9 8  5.226
CBS 60 Minutes 1.0 4  7.345
FOX American Dad -R 0.8 3  1.686
7:30 PM ABC KIA Pre-Game Show 2.6 9  6.448
FOX Cleveland Show -R 1.0 4  2.804
8:00 PM ABC 2012 NBA Finals OKC vs. Miami 8-11p
5.5 15 13.376
 FOX  The Simpsons -R 1.2 4 2.823
CBS Blue Bloods 0.7 2 5.037
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.2 4 2.628
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.6 5 3.644
CBS The Good Wife  -R 0.5 1 4.224
9:30 PM FOX American Dad -R 1.4 4 3.258
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.8 2 4.972
10:30 PM NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 1.1 3 4.046

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • One

    People actually watched the US Open even after Tiger screwed it all up?

  • John A

    LMAO at the good wife. Just awful ratings.

  • Zach

    If Tiger was still in the running the last day I think golf would of beat the NBA in total viewers. Not the demo for sure but total viewers.

  • Sean

    I was looking forward to Tiger being in contention just to see who would’ve come out on top in the ratings. NBA definitely would’ve won the demo but was curious if Tiger could win the total viewers battle, since I doubt NBC & its golf advertisers are too concerned with the demo. The demo for golf is “golfers and old guys who can’t get erections”

  • TVWatcher

    No 7pm ratings?

  • David

    I wonder if there was any overlapping for golf and basketball. If there was I would expect it be a small one.

  • jj

    The NBA should be over 15 mil

  • jj

    Have to wait till the final ratings to get the real NBA numbers

  • MikeS

    Look at that pathetic demo for golf 9.5 million and only a 2.3. Golf and baseball, sports for old people. It’s all about football and basketball

  • Dennis

    How many viewers had Falling Skies???

  • Casey Abell

    >>The demo for golf is “golfers and old guys who can’t get erections.”<<

    Actually, the demo for golf is upscale folks. Check the ads if you don't believe me. Luxury cars, investment companies, etc. There are a bunch of advertisers who want that demo. Which is why a lot of golf gets on the air. TV by the Numbers is always hung up on 18-49, of course, but that age group is not the be-all and end-all for every advertiser. Golf draws a much richer audience than basketball.

  • Dean_W

    The Mentalist repeated very low. I’m scared about the future of the Show on Sunday night at 10 (Fortunately the Show was Renewed for 2 more Seasons !).

  • disney rocks

    The Mentalist is likely to be canned after 7 seasons ala Cold Case and Without a trace

  • DW

    a 0.5 for the good wife repeat is good. its free money.

  • Joseph

    @Casey Abell
    Exactly ,, NBA 18-49 demo , buys Sneakers & Sugar Filled Energy Drinks ,
    US Open viewers will buy a Rolex, Lexus, or invest $100’s with a seasoned investment firm.
    Its a prime example of when the 18-49 is nice but its even nicer to have decision maker with money watching your program.

  • coolioni

    curous how true blood did competing with Falling skies.
    I think episode 5×02 was a bit boring .
    I guess they are running out of new ideas and are bringing older characters back this season.
    I do like finally seeing the Vampire Authority plus seeing Pam and Eric’s past.

  • wn

    Considering that its leadin was The Goodwife, and that this was the first time that The Mentalist was in this timeslot this summer, I think the ratings are decent. I would be satisfied with 7 seasons of this show. Simon Baker is too good an actor to want to stay on longer anyways, I think.

  • DW

    ty kc and joseph. i’ve been saying this for a while now.

  • Casey Abell

    Yeah, golf skews old, which should be the kiss of death according to TVBTN gospel. But just one thing. Golf also skews rich. As Willie Sutton might say, golf’s where the money is. And that’s why the game gets on the broadcast networks throughout the year.

  • cc

    Well said, @CaseyAbell. 9

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