Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
The NBA Finals Game 4 went the Celtics way and, of course, the Thursday ratings went ABC’s way, but the game’s primetime adults 18-49 ratings were down slightly from Game 4 last season.
Repeating the caveat that these fast affiliate ratings are subject to substantial revision in the final numbers for live events like sports and that these ratings include only the primetime portion of the NBA game.
The primetime portion (9-11p) of Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics scored a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 2% vs. last year’s Game 4 (LA Lakers vs. Orlando Magic), which posted a 4.8 rating from 9-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 6.4/20 from 9:02p-12:23a in the Finals.
Update: The final ratings for the game are in, and it was adjusted upwards to a 6.6 adults 18-49 rating for the entire period of the game, which is 8% above the final ratings for the comparable game last season.
Earlier in the evening, Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating was up 7% from Tuesday’s show, but the NBA Countdown pre game show’s 3.0 adults 18-49 rating was down 14% from Tuesday.
Fox’s “Meet the Top 11” non-competition episode of So You Think You Can Dance tallied a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 22% from last week’s regular competition episode.
NBC’s 100 Questions continued to inhabit the lower reaches of the TV ratings world. It’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating was down 11% from last week.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (Millions)|
|8:00||ABC||Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night||3.1||11||8.895|
|CW||The Vampire Diaries (repeat)||0.5||2||1.494|
|CW||The Vampire Diaries (repeat)||0.5||2||1.338|
|9:00||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4 Boston v. LA||3.9||12||9.997|
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance||2.5||8||6.648|
|NBC||The Office (repeat)||1.3||4||2.798|
|9:30||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4 Boston v. LA||4.7||14||11.859|
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance||2.5||7||6.621|
|NBC||30 Rock (repeat)||1.2||4||2.752|
|10:00||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4 Boston v. LA||4.6||14||11.500|
|CBS||The Mentalist (repeat)||1.7||5||8.970|
|NBC||The Office (repeat)||1.3||4||2.706|
|10:30||ABC||NBA Finals Game 4 Boston v. LA||5.7||17||13.485|
|CBS||The Mentalist (repeat)||1.6||5||8.874|
|NBC||Parks and Recreation (repeat)||1.0||3||2.267|
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