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.



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  • DZ

    Have the Tony Awards always been after the TV season ends?

  • Melanie P.

    @DZ, yes the Tonys are always broadcast in June. I didn’t watch them, but I always have so much respect for performers who do live theater. Anyways, enjoyed the NBA game. Go HEAT!!

  • a p garcia

    Some gal on the Tony’s wore an ensemble that would look better if Star Trek’s Kahn wore it.

  • Ultima

    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.


    That’s because you’re clueless. You can’t be bothered to actually inform yourself on a topic before offering an inane opinion on it.

  • Ultima

    Have the Tony Awards always been after the TV season ends?

    They moved to early June in 1977; prior to that they would usually air during the spring.

  • Carl

    Considering that this was not a buzzed about Broadway season, and NPH isn’t the big draw that Hugh Jackman is (although I thought NPH did a wonderful job, especially since he’s hosted several times before and that can get stale), I think 1.2 is more than decent, although I don’t know if that will hold in the finals.

    I liked a few of the changes they made with the presenters this year and I hope that they try it again sometime.

  • Sam

    The Spurs are too boring to attract casual fans.

  • jp

    The game was over by the middles of the 3rd quarter so that explains the final numbers. I know ESPN/ABC and the NBA are happy Miami didn’t go down 0-2 or else this series would’ve been a ratings disaster the rest of the way. Now they have a series. I expect game 3 to do very well Tuesday.

  • josh2770

    the only thing that has attracted to tens of millions of people for the past few days is E3!

  • Andrew

    America’s Got Talent repeats a lot better than the Voice. AGT and Family Guy repeats both beat The Tony Awards at 9PM.

  • sitcomlover

    I find the Tony awards to much more fun than the Oscars. Perhaps it’s the theater aspect, maybe being a New Yorker, but the hype leading up to the Oscars makes me sick. The actual telecast is okay though. The Tony’s are as respected in the industry. It’s a shame more people don’t watch them, because the broadcasts are usually well produced and entertaining. NPH was outstanding.

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