Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for ABC (NBA Finals, Pregame, Kimmel) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

In Tuesday’s preliminary (and likely to be adjusted up) fast affiliate ratings the primetime portion of the Heat/Mavericks NBA Finals Game 1 from 9-11pm scored a 5.5 adults 18-49 rating, that was up 22% vs. the fast affiliate 4.5 adults 18-49 rating for primetime portion of last year’s game 1 of the Lakers/Celtics series. Expect those preliminary ratings to be adjusted upwards in the final ratings available later today.

While ABC will certainly top the night’s adults 18-49 ratings, we’ll have to wait for the final ratings to see by exactly how much.

Unlike the Mavericks, NBC had an up night vs. LeBron & Co, as America’s Got Talent was up 17% vs. last season’s premiere notching a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. That was the show’s best adults 18-49 rating since the season 2 finale on 8/21/2007. With that strong lead in, The Voice rebounded from last week, rising 29% to a 4.9 rating.

The only other new show on broadcast last night, the continuing burn off of Fox’s cancelled Traffic Light drew just a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Down 38% from its last new episode on 5/10/11.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 31, 2011: (ignore the half hour ABC ratings for comparison purposes)

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 NBC AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 6 3.2 11 12.062
CBS NCIS – R 1.7 6 10.567
FOX GLEE  – R 1.0 3 2.727
CW ONE TREE HILL – R 0.4 1 1.006
8:30 NBC AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 6 4.1 12 14.631
CBS NCIS – R 1.9 6 11.663
FOX GLEE  – R 1.1 3 2.897
CW ONE TREE HILL – R 0.3 1 0.821
9:00 NBC AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 6 4.7 13 16.463
ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 4.5 12 10.976
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES – R 1.6 4 10.015
FOX RAISING HOPE – R 1.0 3 2.574
CW HELLCATS – R 0.3 1 0.737
9:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 5.5 14 13.086
NBC AMERICA’S GOT TALENT 6 4.8 12 16.718
CBS NCIS:  LOS ANGELES – R 1.5 4 9.703
CW HELLCATS – R 0.3 1 0.878
10:00 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 5.7 14 13.398
NBC THE VOICE 4.9 12 14.676
CBS THE GOOD WIFE – R 0.9 2 6.382
10:30 ABC 2011 NBA FINALS 6.1 16 13.902
NBC THE VOICE 4.9 13 14.073
CBS THE GOOD WIFE – R 0.8 2 5.935

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.2/8 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.2/5 with an encore. ABC’s “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” were delayed by an NBA overrun.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/5 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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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. 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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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