TV Ratings: NBA Finals Game 5 Dominates Monday; ‘BrainDead’ Gets Soft Start on CBS

NBA finals Game 5 Ratings
John G. Mabanglo, European Pressphoto Agency via AP, Pool

Game 5 of the NBA Finals scored another win for ABC on Monday night, with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors netting a 7.6 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 20.5 million viewers, handily beating its primetime competition and standing as the biggest game yet for the 2016 NBA Finals.

Despite basketball competition, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” notched a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers, helping launch the premiere of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” to a solid 1.5 rating, with 4.9 million tuning in for the new competition show. The night’s other big premiere, CBS’ “BrainDead,” didn’t make as much of a splash. The political horror-comedy from the creators of “The Good Wife” drew a 0.7 rating in the demo and 4.5 million viewers following a night of repeats.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” shimmied its way to a 0.9 rating and 3.5 million viewers against “Ninja Warrior,” off slightly from last week, while its lead-out “Houdini and Doyle” dipped to a 0.4 and 1.8 million watchers. The CW’s “Reign” dipped to a 0.2 rating, commanding around 0.8 million viewers.

The NBA coverage gave ABC an average 6.0 adults 18-49 rating for the night and 16.5 million viewers overall. NBC followed with a 1.8 demo rating and 6.2 million viewers, outpacing CBS’ 0.7 score and 4.4 million viewers, Fox’s 0.6 rating and 2.6 million viewers, and The CW’s 0.3 and 0.9 million.

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  1. Warriors Back Peddling Uphill says:

    Sensational game yields 21 million viewers and a 7.6 rating. Expect 25 million viewers to tune in to witness another phenomenal performance from THE KING & KY. When Lebron and Irving elevate their games to the next level and provide the spark and the leadership for the rest of their teammates, they are unstoppable. And it looks like this freight train will be running all the way up to a game 7 before stopping. Unfortunately for the Warriors their championship hopes just received another serious blow with the leg injury to their all -world center. That’s going to leave a gaping hole for The King and his teammates to dominate and drive to.the basket all night. Could see the CAVALIERS put up 120 points at home and massive ratings across the country Thursday night.

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