Because of the live NBA Finals telecast all ABC fast affiliate overnight results are approximate and subject to more than typical revisions. See below for more information.

ABC and the NBA Finals Game 2 had a much easier time on Sunday night than did Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, crushing the combination of the Tony Awards and reruns.

The prime-time (8-11pm) portion of the NBA Finals Game 2 averaged a 4.7 rating for adults 18-49, up from Thursday’s 4.4, and likely will be much higher rated overall once the final numbers are in. Unlike Thursday, where the game was a blowout after 11pm Eastern, last nights game went into overtime and we’re told the portion of Thursday’s game from 9-11:43pm Eastern averaged a 5.4 rating in the 18-49 demoUpdate: game 2 averaged 14.0 million and a 5.8 adults 18-49 rating in time-zone adjusted fast national data between 8p-11:12p.

Nearly unwatched in the 18-49 demo, the Tony Awards 63rd Annual Gala at a 1.3 demo rating was still up from last year’s 1.1. Update: It was the most watched Tony Awards in 3 years.

You can see TV ratings from past Sunday overnight reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (000)
7:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.6 10 2.2 9 6.982
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2 4 0.8 3 8.677
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9 3 0.7 3 4.361
FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 0.8 3 0.8 3 1.766
CW Jericho (repeat) 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.557
7:30 ABC NBA Countdown 3.2 11 2.8 11 7.990
FOX American Dad (repeat) 1.1 4 1.1 5 2.337
8:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 2 4.3 13 4.2 14 10.029
FOX Simpsons (repeat) 1.9 6 2.2 8 4.090
NBC Dateline NBC 1.4 4 0.8 3 6.537
CBS Tony Awards 1.3 4 0.8 3 7.820
CW Kiss The Bride (movie) 0.3 1 0.2 1 0.909
8:30 FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 1.8 5 2.1 7 3.751
9:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 2 4.5 12 4.6 14 10.745
FOX Family Guy (repeat) 2.4 7 2.9 9 4.965
CBS Tony Awards 1.4 4 0.9 3 7.660
NBC The Last Templar (2 of 2, repeat) 0.9 2 0.5 1 4.351
CW Kiss The Bride (movie) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.183
9:30 FOX American Dad (repeat) 2.0 5 2.3 7 4.270
10:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 2 5.4 15 5.6 17 12.784
CBS Tony Awards 1.3 3 0.8 2 6.880
NBC The Last Templar (2 of 2, repeat) 0.9 2 0.5 2 3.981

Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/MediaWeek


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 football 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.

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.

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 which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. 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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