TV Ratings Sunday: NBA Finals Game 7 delivers huge numbers for ABC

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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, June 19, 2016

Note: ABC’s live coverage of the NBA Finals will result in greater adjustments than usual in the final ratings. 

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) 4.0/18 11.86
U.S. Open Golf Championship (FOX) (7-8:30 p.m.) 1.7/7 7.29
Movie: Despicable Me 2 (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 2.53
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.6/3 6.41
7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown (ABC) 4.6/19 12.67
8 p.m. NBA Finals Game 7 (ABC) (8-11 p.m.) 9.2/30 25.06
BrainDead (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.55
8:30 p.m. U.S. Open/The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.7/3 2.40
9 p.m. American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.7/2 2.42
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.31
Madam Secretary (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.91
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.08
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) – R 0.4/1 2.62

 

ABC reaped huge ratings from the deciding game of the NBA Finals Sunday. The telecast drew the highest metered-market rating ever for an NBA game on the network (18.9), topping the previous high of 18.2 for Game 7 of the 2010 Finals.

Pending updates, the game drew a 9.2 rating in adults 18-49, the highest of the seven games by a wide margin, and just over 25 million viewers.

The only other original programming on the night was FOX’s coverage of the U.S. Open final round. The primetime portion averaged 1.7, pending updates.

Network averages:

ABC FOX NBC CBS
Adults 18-49 rating/share 8.0/28 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (millions) 21.86 4.44 2.48 3.87

 

Definitions:
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.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. 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. 
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. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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