Note, these numbers are preliminary and that due to the nature of how live events are measured, the numbers for last night’s NBA Finals game are even more subject to change than normal.  Also note that these numbers measure the prime-time portion of the game only and do not include viewership past 11pm and even the preliminary numbers have not been time-zone adjusted for the game.

ABC and the Los Angeles Lakers were winners Sunday night as the deciding Game 5 of the NBA Finals put both on top. ABC with an average 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, the Lakers with their 15th NBA championship.

We won’t know the average viewership for last night’s game until we see the final numbers, but it’s pretty much certain that the average for the entire series will not beat last year’s 14.9 million (but that was for a six game series). The first four games this year averaged a bit over 14 million viewers.

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

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.9 11 2.8 12 7.983
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9 3 0.5 2 4.765
FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 0.8 3 0.8 3 2.055
CBS 60 Minutes 0.8 3 0.5 2 7.187
CW Jericho (repeat) 0.2 1 0.1 1 0.591
7:30 ABC NBA Countdown 3.2 11 3.1 12 8.275
FOX American Dad (repeat) 1.1 4 1.3 5 2.479
8:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 5 3.8 12 3.8 13 9.413
FOX Simpsons (repeat) 1.8 6 2.0 8 3.987
CBS Million Dollar Password 1.0 3 0.6 2 6.692
NBC 10.5: Apocalypse (movie) 0.8 2 0.4 1 3.693
CW Taking of Pelham One Two Three (movie) 0.4 1 0.2 1 1.899
8:30 FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 1.8 6 1.9 7 3.768
9:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 5 4.2 12 4.2 13 10.442
FOX Family Guy (repeat) 2.1 6 2.4 8 4.370
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 6.513
NBC 10.5: Apocalypse (movie) 0.9 2 0.5 1 4.013
CW Taking of Pelham One Two Three (movie) 0.5 2 0.3 1 2.396
9:30 FOX American Dad (repeat) 1.6 4 1.8 6 3.492
10:00 ABC NBA Finals Game 5 4.5 12 4.7 14 10.508
CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.2 3 0.6 2 6.400
NBC 10.5: Apocalypse (movie) 0.9 3 0.6 2 4.063

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

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 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 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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