TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly’ Opens Decently, NBA Finals Game 2 Ticks Up

UPDATED at 11:57 a.m. PT: In the final numbers for Sunday night, Game 2 posted a 7.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 19.7 million viewers, making it the most-most watched Game 2 since ABC began broadcasting the NBA Finals in 2003. The game was also up 13% in total viewers and by 9% in adults 18-49 compared to last year’s Game 2

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“Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” enjoyed a modest debut in the overnight ratings, pulling a better number than “60 Minutes” in adults 18-49.

According to Nielsen data, Kelly’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew a 0.8 rating in the demo and 6.1 million viewers at 7 p.m. on NBC. By comparison, an encore of “60 Minutes” on CBS earned a 0.6, but 6.6 million viewers. Kelly also managed to pull in a 1.2 in the key news demographic, adults 25-54.

ABC easily topped the night, thanks to coverage of the NBA Finals. “Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night” (2.5, 8.2 million) and the “NBA Finals Countdown” (2.9, 8.2 million) aired at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. Game 2 of the finals, which began at 8 p.m., is currently averaging a 5.7 and 15.5 million viewers, up from last year’s Game 2, which initially reeled in a 5.5 and 14.3 million viewers. However, due to the nature of live sports, those numbers will most likely adjust up later today.

CBS and Fox only aired repeats.

Following Kelly’s debut, NBC aired a new episode of “American Ninja Warrior” (1.1, 4.2 million).

ABC finished the night with a 4.9 rating and 13.6 million viewers in the early numbers. NBC was second in the demo with a 1.0, but third in total viewers with 4.7 million. Fox came in third in the demo with a 0.5, but fourth in viewers with 1.2 million. CBS ended in fourth in the demo with 0.4, but second in viewers with 4.8 million.

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