Thursday Final Ratings: NBA Game 5 & Pre-Game Final Ratings

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June 22nd, 2012


The only adjustments today are for NBA-related programming.Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night was adjusted down 1.4 ratings points, and the NBA Countdown was adjusted down an even ratings point. The game itself was adjusted up 1.2 18-49 ratings points vs. the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, June 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night 1.0 4 3.200
CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.2 8 8.380
FOX Take Me Out 1.2 4 3.220
NBC Justin Bieber: All Around the World 0.8 3 3.100
CW Breaking Pointe 0.3 1 0.840
8:30PM ABC NBA Countdown 2.5 9 6.410
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 2.1 7 7.140
9:00PM ABC 2012 NBA Finals (9PM-11:53PM) 7.6 23 18.460
FOX The Choice 1.5 5 4.150
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.4 4 7.040
NBC Saving Hope 0.5 2 2.690
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.640
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist -R 1.1 3 6.220
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.700

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


    Wow, TBBT beat NCIS’ total viewers this week. I know they are repeats, but, still…

  • Phil

    I rofl-ed because JB’s special did horrible in the ratings! Congrats to Miami on the championship!!

  • jesse

    The big bang theory is awful to be honest. It’s dry humor. All the characters are annoying as well. Makes you want to punch em in the face lol

  • rob60990

    Not much of a bump for Game 5. I think it was pretty much a given Miami would win. Games 6 and 7 would have been huge.

  • Mary

    Delete Saving Hope was super BAD!!!!!

  • Mr Mikey

    Good rating for a blowout although people tuned in to see Lebron’s reaction to getting his first ring.

  • greenf

    It’s incredible to me how sports (except the Super Bowl) are not really popular in the United States. Just compare it to the ratings in Europe.

    NBA Finals watched by 18 million people out of 313 million inhabitants (That’s only 5,7% of the population).

    A simple 1st round of Euro 2012 football game watched by 12 million people out of 62 million inhabitants (That’s 19,3% of the population). The final of the Champion’s League did about the same.

    The final of the Rugby Union World Cup watched by 15 million people out of 65 million inhabitants (That’s 23% of the French population).

    If we go with those 5% of the population, that means the NBA Finals are about as popular in America than a simple Formula 1 race in Europe.

    And don’t try to explain this difference by bringing up DVR, people watching together in bars,…because we have all that in Europe.

  • Illhaveanother

    @green Americans aren’t as passionate about their sport as other countries simple as that. Only football. Basketball and Baseball are liked but not loved at least not by the majority. Hockey is nonexistent. Americas’s sport is football. But the NFL has a lot of problems on their hands with all these lawsuits and bounty gates and head injuries.

  • Illhaveanother

    The NBA though is the most popular American sport for the rest of the world. Especially China they love basketball and Kobe in particular

  • Jensen


    And what is you’re point exactly?

    Americans in large, don’t care for European sports or weather or not, you guys watch them more… Believe Me American’s don’t care about viewing figure’s in Europe, and it’s rather telling you came to a US Based Website with such views.

    Me thinks, you’re a soccer troll, taking aim at US SPORTS… I live in Europe, and I prefer American Sports, stop acting like the whole world has to like “FOOTBALL”. I hate “FOOTBALL” with a passion, sadly, neither the NFL OR NBA is big over here, so yeah, I make do…

  • Ultima

    The big bang theory is awful to be honest

    “[T]o be honest” is such an elegant way of telling the internet you’re an idiot; it’s so much easier on the eyes than the dreaded caps lock.

    Thank you.

  • diet_sunkist


    Rugby World Cup and Euro 2012 are only held every 4 years, so of course it’s going to be a bigger deal than a once a year event. And the Champions League finals only gets a 10M+ in the UK if a Premier League club is in it, when there’s a national pride angle.

  • diet_sunkist

    @green, again

    Also, I get the impression that less people in the UK have cable/satellite than in the US, and therefore less options.

    So the highest rated TV shows in the UK get about 12-13 million viewers, stuff like X-Factor and dancing shows and the like….or about 20% of the population.

    The highest rated shows in the US get about 18-21 million, stuff like American Idol and dancing shows and other crap….or about 6% of the population.

    See a pattern?

  • Ji (g)

    that’s funny, Justin Beiber Special a “Big Fail”. I’d like to say people are wising up, but tweens can’t wise-up, yet.

  • jRobnyc

    Ouch for Jimmy Kimmel Horrible numbers for that spot.

  • Gleebo

    Ill be just fine if baseball never has a star that draws the bandwagon audience that Tim Tebow and LeBron James do for the NFL and NBA.

    The real fans are going to find a way to watch their teams play via all the options that the MLB streaming video service provides them. Baseball will never draw the audience in the regular season or the playoffs that those sports do but the sport is doing very well financially and has been the most stable in terms of labor negotiations. The strike in 94 really hurt the popularity of the sport but its gone the longest of the 4 major USA sports without a lockout.

    There are some exciting young rising stars like Bryce Harper, Steven Strasburg, Mike Trout, and Brett Lawrie but none of them are going to boost the presence of the game in the mainstream eyes.

    The only thing that will boost MLB in the public spotlight is if the Cubs and Yankees(or Red Sox) end up in a 7 game World Series. It will never happen(the Cubs are going to be terrible until at least 2014) but it would do wonders for the sport in future interest and ratings.

  • Norman Charles

    NBC could show old “Seinfeld” reruns at 10 PM and get a better rating than “Rock Center”. NBC needs to cut this turkey loose once and for all. Good article in today’s Times about the decline and fall of NBC News: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/business/media/nbc-news-faces-shift-in-television-dominance.html

  • Fake Me Out

    @Jensen “And what is you’re point exactly?

    Since you didn’t get his point and had to ask, wouldn’t it seem to be a good idea to wait until he explains his (rather obvious) point to you before you shoot your mouth off like a jerk after completely missing his point? Your blatant anger management issues seem to indicate you’re not ‘making do’ as well as you think … perhaps it’s time to go home.


  • Boss

    Greenf’s argument is based on faulty thinking. He’s comparing countries going against each other to domestic competition. An accurate comparison would be a Man U. vs Man. City game. What did that get this season a peak audience of 4.4 million.

    People in LA don’t want to watch a team that beat them out. There’s less interest when your city is not involved unlike when a country plays and everyone is involved.

    That’s why soccer which has little interest in the US can pull 18m viewers when the United States plays in the World Cup.

    Or is soccer now as popular as basketball in the States.

  • Greenf is Biased

    Greenf doesn’t understand also that these ratings aren’t 100% accurate their estimates and their only the average numbers for the program.

    There were easily around 30-50 million people watching at least 6 minutes of this game last night.

    Sports in America are really popular and its proven through football and the Olympics but people do have other options to not just watch sports all the time. Sports is the only genre in this country that gets these massive totals.

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