TV Ratings Sunday: 'NBA Finals' Game 2 Down Versus Last Year, 'Tony Awards' Rise

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June 10th, 2013

NBA Finals Game 2

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.9/12 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.9/14 0.8/3 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.962 7.717 2.290 3.412 2.009

 Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals) and CBS (The Tony Awards) 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 was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.                                                                                   

On ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 10 percent from a 2.1 fast national for last year’s Game 2 on Thursday, June 14, 2012. NBA Countdown garnered a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 39 percent from a 3.1 fast national for last year’s Game 2. Game 2 of the NBA Finals scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating down 21 percent  from a 5.8 fast national for last year’s game 2. Because the game ended around 10:30 and these ratings include post-game analysis , these numbers are likely to change significantly when the final ratings are released.

On CBS, 60 Minutes tied its season low with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8 percent from a 1.3 for its last original on May 19. The Tony Awards earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up 20 percent from a 1.0 for last year’s telecast on June 10, 2012. The telecast ran about 7 minutes over, and may be adjusted in the final ratings.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 9, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live - Game Night 1.9/7 5.35
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2/4 9.15
FOX The Cleveland Show - R 0.7/2 1.61
NBC The Voice - R (7-9PM) 0.6/2 2.41
7:30 ABC NBA Countdown - Live 1.9/7 4.97
FOX American Dad - R 0.8/3 1.91
8:00 ABC  NBA Finals Game 2 - Live (8-11PM)  4.6/13 11.56
CBS  The Tony Awards - Live (8-11PM)  1.2/4 7.24
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.0/3 2.41
8:30 FOX  Bob's Burgers - R 0.9/3 2.12
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R (9-11PM) 1.3/4 4.41
FOX Family Guy - R 1.3/4 2.91
9:30 FOX Family Guy - R 1.2/3 2.78

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 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.

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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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  • rob60990

    The game did not run until 11 so why is the final half hour included when the game was over?

  • DenverDean

    @Rob60990 – Read note in Red: Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals) and CBS (The Tony Awards) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    @rob60990 The initial ratings are for the literal scheduled tie period for a program (in this case 8-11.) The final numbers will accurately reflect the length of the game.

  • Edward

    Are we going to get final ratings for the Saturday night’s NHL game? or were those official?



  • CBSviewer

    Fox animation are pretty solid.

  • DanaK

    As the ratings for the Tony Awards continues to show, the viewing public doesn’t particularly care for live theater. But apparently the show gets a lot of upscale viewers, which advertisers covet, which is the same kind of viewer Smash attracted.


    That’s solid for the tony awards. Can I say Neil Patrick Harris rocks the house?

  • TV Viewer

    Those are decent ratings for an awards show that airs in June, opposite the NBA Finals, and for Broadway plays that most of the USA has not seen. There weren’t any big mistakes in last night’s show. It went off without a single error in the live broadcast. Neil Patrick Harris did an excellent job hosting the show, and he has proven he is one of the best MC’s ever, along with Billy Crystal, Bob Hope, Steve Martin, and Johnny Carson.

  • K

    Jimmy Kimmel is not funny, so not surprised his show got the ratings it did.

  • Gary A


    I think the fact that the Tony Awards scored over 7 million viewers is proof that the viewing public does have some interest in live theater particularly Broadway. If what you meant was that the ( supposedly )all important 18 – 49 demo doesn’t, you may have a more valid point. In the Tonys defense tho, nothing on network television except for the NBA game, did significantly better. I still suggest that if 2 shows are pulling the same demo give or take 1/10 of a point but one has 3 times the viewers, that advertisers get more bang for their buck with more people seeing the commercials. And the Tony Awards, liek some other CBS Sunday series, attracts a more affluent upscale viewer who might not watch tv on a regula basis.

    Two other things to consider: Last night there were a lot of choices to attract viewers not on network tv. Game of Thrones season fianle – Falling Skies season premire and more. And it was announced on the Tonys that over 11 million people went to see a Broadway show last season. So I think some people are interested.


  • DanaK

    Gary, I did mean more of the 18-49 group. Marc Berman indicated the 18-54 prelim ratings were 1.6, so obviously the awards show appeals to an older crowd, and definitely a more upscale one based on reports. But the show actually did better than last year (were the NBC finals on last year?), though a 1.2 is still not so hot. But apparently the ratings and prestige are good enough for CBS to keep showing the show, so it’s something.

  • Ultima

    which is the same kind of viewer Smash attracted

    Smash attracted viewers? ;)

  • FLOP Detector

    Jimmy Flop Live.

    And NBC wanted Leno on primetime years ago.

    Late shows = trash.

  • MichaelChickless

    I napped all the way through Primetime last night; looks like I didn’t miss much.

  • HalCapone

    The Tonys are as much a ratings gargantuan as Smash.

  • Joseph

    The Tony Awards should be pushed back to the final Sunday night in June, after the NBA Finals end.

    I think the Tony’s would actually get more viewers were it held after the NBA Finals and not have to go head-to-head against them.

  • Mark

    Imagine what the ratings would be like if it was the Pacers instead of the Heat. For some reason, people don’t like watching the Spurs play.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Gary A

    “If what you meant was that the ( supposedly )all important 18 – 49 demo”

    NOT “supposedly”, don’t be a tool.

  • E.S.

    This goes to show that live theater/musicals are an acquired taste and that the Tony Awards should be shown on a niche cable network like Bravo.

  • rob60990

    “I think the Tony’s would actually get more viewers were it held after the NBA Finals and not have to go head-to-head against them.”

    It didn’t have to go against them last year and it still rose from last year.

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