Lakers-Celtics continue to dominate ratings

Game 6 of the NBA Finals secures victory for ABC

On a night when the NBA Finals put up more impressive ratings on ABC and President Obama’s address to the nation interrupted viewing patterns, original programming on other nets took a hit.

Accurate preliminary ratings weren’t available for Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ romp over the Boston Celtics averaged a 5.5 rating.15 share in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall on ABC’s stations from 9 to 11 p.m. — with nationals due out this afternoon expected to rise sharply since the early numbers don’t include viewing in the West. Tuesday’s game, which evened the best-of-seven series at three games apiece, could challenge or top ratings for Sunday’s Game 5 (7.2/20 in 18-49, 18.65 million viewers overall), which would be impressive since Game 6 was so lopsided.

ABC can expect to generate huge ratings for Thursday’s deciding Game 7, likely the best for any NBA Final since Michael Jordan’s last championship run with the Chicago Bulls, when they faced the Utah Jazz in 1998. That series, in which every game averaged at least 25 million viewers, drew a monster 35.9 million viewers for its sixth and final game.

Both Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) were below average, likely due to a combination of the NBA Finals and President Obama’s address.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.8/14; Fox, 2.7/8; NBC, 2.0/6; CBS, 1.5/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.6 million; CBS, 8.5 million; NBC, 6.7 million; Fox, 5.8 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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