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Because of the live NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup telecasts all ABC and NBC fast affiliate overnight results are approximate and  extremely subject to revision. See below for more information.*


ABC continued its winning ways boosted by Game 3 of the NBA Finals, averaging a 3.9 18-49 demo rating for the night. NBC’s telecast of the Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 lifted it into second place with a 2.2 18-49 demo rating.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals delivered a 4.2 demo rating from 9-11p, down from Sunday’s Game 2 which delivered a 4.7 demo rating from 8-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 5.8 rating from 8:00-11:12p in the final ratings.

The Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 posted a 2.3 demo rating from 830-11p, up from Saturday’s Game 5 which delivered a 1.6 demo rating from 8-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 1.8 demo rating from 8:21-10:45p in the final ratings.

Against two live sporting events, CW’s Hitched or Ditched was down 0.2 ratings points in the adults 18-34 demo from last Tuesday’s ratings. Likewise, Fox’s Mental was down 0.2 rating points in the adults 18-49 demo from last Tuesday.

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

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.9 10 2.7 10 7.832
NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 6 1.9 6 1.7 6 4.697
CBS NCIS (repeat) 1.8 6 1.0 4 10.949
FOX House (repeat) 1.4 4 1.2 4 4.011
CW 90210 (repeat) 0.5 1 0.5 2 1.189
8:30 ABC NBA Countdown 3.7 11 3.7 12 9.452
9:00 ABC NBA Finals: Game 3 4.0 11 4.5 14 9.493
NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 6 2.3 6 1.9 6 5.511
CBS The Mentalist (repeat) 2.1 6 1.1 3 11.555
FOX Mental 1.4 4 1.1 3 4.828
CW Hitched or Ditched 1.1 2 0.6 2 1.514
10:00 ABC NBA Finals: Game 3 4.5 12 4.9 16 10.647
NBC NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 6 2.5 7 2.1 6 6.145
CBS 48 Hours Mystery (repeat) 1.9 5 1.2 4 8.850

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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