TV Ratings Sunday: NBA Finals Dominate, Miss USA Up, Tony Awards Steady, 'Cosmos' Finale Down

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June 9th, 2014

Cosmos Finale

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/14 1.2/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.1/15 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.962 5.434 7.388 2.171 1.136

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for 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 was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers. 

On ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night scored a preliminary 2.2, up 5 percent from a preliminary 2.1 adults 18-49 rating on Thursday. NBA Countdown garnered a preliminary 2.3, down 18 percent from a preliminary 2.8 adults 18-49 rating on Thursday.  Game two of the NBA Finals earned a 5.0 preliminary adults 18-49 rating, down 2 percent from a preliminary 5.1 for game 1 but up 9 percent from a preliminary 4.6 for last year’s game 2.

On NBC, Dateline notched a 0.9, up 13 percent from a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating for the most recent Sunday episode. Miss USA earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 8 percent  from a 1.3 for last year’s edition of the annual pageant.

On CBS, The Tony Awards matched last year’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. The telecast ran until 11:09PM, so the number may be adjusted in the finals.

On FOX, Enlisted matched last week's 0.4 adults 18-49. The finale of Cosmos scored a 1.1, down 15 percent from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 8, 2014 (all Live+Same Day ratings):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Game Night - Live 2.2/9 6.17
CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/4 8.48
NBC Dateline 0.9/4 5.09
FOX Enlisted 0.4/2 1.01
7:30 ABC NBA Countdown - Live 2.3/9 6.46
FOX American Dad - R 0.6/2 1.28
8:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 2 - Live (8-11PM) 5.0/15 12.55
NBC Miss USA (8-11PM) 1.4/4 5.55
CBS The Tony Awards - Live  8-11PM)  1.2/3 7.02
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.0/4 2.27
8:30 FOX Family Guy - R 1.2/4 2.41
9:00 FOX Cosmos - Series Finale 1.1/3 3.04


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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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