UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen released Wednesday afternoon, Game 3 of the NBA Finals averaged a 5.9 rating/19 share in adults 18-49 and 14.78 million viewers overall — just a smidge behind the first two games of the series despite a blowout result. Through three games, this year’s Finals is averaging 14.92 million viewers, up 5% from last year (14.28 million) when the same teams met.
There were no changes in the demo averages for other original broadcast programming on Tuesday. NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” ended up averaging 11.54 million total viewers, and lead-out drama “The Night Shift” drew 6.70 million.
NBC rookie drama “The Night Shift” is looking like the real deal after a third straight good performance, on Tuesday holding at last week’s level even though lead-in “America’s Got Talent” fell off. ABC won the night with Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which held up pretty well considering how lopsided the contest became in the early going.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the San Antonio Spurs’ victory over the Miami Heat averaged a 4.9 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers overall on ABC’s stations from 9 to 11 p.m., with these numbers subject to revision in the nationals due to time-zone differences and the game’s ending well past 11 p.m. ET. Last Thursday’s Game 1, which also started around 9 p.m. ET, averaged a 5.1 demo rating and 12.6 million viewers in the prelims.
In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the basketball game earned a 10.3 household rating to win the night for ABC for the 40th straight night of an NBA Finals telecast. The game did a 40.5 in San Antonio and a 30.9 in Miami.
The Spurs jumped out to a massive lead early and ended up winning by 19 points. Game 4 is set for Thursday night.
Elsewhere, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) was down about 10% from last week’s demo score but remained the night’s top entertainment series in both categories; it looks to be up slightly from last week in total viewers. At 10 p.m., “The Night Shift” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago demo score, which had been just a tenth below the show’s May 27 premiere; this week’s retention of “Talent” was a best-yet 58% in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 2.6).
CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall).
Fox’s “Riot” (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “I Wanna Marry Harry” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) held at their tiny levels of the previous week. And CW’s “Famous in 12″ (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) was up a smidge from its week-earlier premiere.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.0/13; NBC, 2.2/7; CBS, 0.8/2; Fox, 0.4/1; CW, 0.3/1.
In total viewers: ABC, 10.1 million; NBC, 9.9 million; CBS, 6.5 million; Fox, 1.1 million; CW, 0.7 million.