Celtics-Lakers tops Thursday ratings

Game 4 is most-watched Finals match of the series

Interest is rising in the NBA Championship Series, with ABC’s broadcast of Game 4 on Thursday, which saw the Boston Celtics even their showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers at two games apiece, delivering the series’ highest ratings yet.

According to Nielsen fast nationals (which will be updated this afternoon with out-of-primetime viewing late on the East Coast and early on the West Coast), the game drew a 4.7 rating and 14 share among viewers 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers overall. The overall rating of 11.6 was the highest for a Game 4 since 2004. Game 5 of the series is Sunday. The afternoon updates have boosted the basketball ratings noticeably in each of the first three games.

Among regular series, tops in the demo was Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.5/7, 6.6 million), a get-to-know-the-contestants episode that typically delivers lower-than-normal numbers for the nonscripted program. At 8 p.m., Fox aired a rerun of “Glee” (1.6/4, 4.4 million).

CBS ran back-to-back episodes of “CSI” and then “The Mentalist,” all of which drew a 5 share in 18-49 and between 7 million and 9 million viewers overall.

NBC aired six sitcoms, topped by a 9 p.m. rerun of “The Office” (1.3/4, 2.8 million). The night’s only firstrun scripted offering was the Peacock’s “100 Questions” (0.8/3, 2.3 million) at 8:30 p.m.

The CW had reruns of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.5/2, 1.4 million) and “Moonlight” (0.4/1, 1.2 million) Preliminary 18-49 averages: ABC 4.2/13, Fox 2.1/7, CBS 1.6/5, Univision 1.3/4, NBC 1.1/3, CW 0.5/1.

In total viewers: ABC 10.6 million, CBS 8.7 million, Fox 5.5 million, Univision 3.3 million, NBC 2.6 million, CW 1.3 million.

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