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.


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.

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  • Nick

    Wait, did golf get 2.3 or 2.7? The text and chart are different.

  • jesse

    Sunday cable ratings please?

  • jp

    The NBA Finals went through a small bump with the U.S Open Golf last night. The tournament was close so people tuned to see that. So with all that said and done i think the golf will outnumber the Finals just by a point. The NBA and ABC-ESPN shouldnt be disappointed. The Finals have been a huge hit so far.

  • Joseph

    either way its a win for ESPN , since people were going to their website to check out both sporting events :)

  • JohnnyRico

    Upscale viewers not syndication reasons(It’s not a procedural) are why TGW was a certain renewal the last 2 years with CBS even when this site had it in toss up at certain points based on 18-49 numbers.

  • K


    I meant higher, and thanks. Too bad, though, because Kimmel is just not that funny.

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  • G

    I think the numbers for the NBA are totally wrong. It’s much higher. We need a correction.

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