TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 2 Scores for ABC

NBA Finals Ratings
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ABC’s coverage of the 2016 NBA Finals is scoring big numbers for the network, with this year’s showdown already standing as the second-highest rated ever after two games, according to overnights from Nielsen. The rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers dipped a little from Thursday’s record opener, averaging a 12.4 metered market rating, with an 11.8 overnight rating, tying it for the third-highest rated NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC.

In Game 2 of the finals, the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers by the largest margin of victory ever (33 points) for the second game of a finals series, winning 110-77. The telecast is expected to win the night across all of television for the 50th consecutive time.

Airing before the game on ABC, special “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” drew a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was the night’s top network, averaging a 4.5 rating and 15 share.

On Fox, the Miss USA pageant drew a 1.1 rating — down 21% from NBC’s telecast two years ago, the last time the pageant was carried on broadcast TV. Miss USA drew 4 million total viewers, down 27% from 2014.

“Dateline” led off the night for NBC with a 0.5, followed by a rerun of “American Ninja Warrior.” “Game of Silence” drew a 0.6, up one tenth of a point from its last original episode on Thursday, its regular night. NBC finished third with a 0.6 / 2.

News magazine “60 Minutes” drew a 0.8 rating at 8 p.m. for CBS, followed by reruns. The network finished fourth with a 0.5 / 2.

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