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ABC dominates Thursday with NBA Finals game

Fox's 'Take Me Out,' 'Choice' see drop-off in week two

With a close Game 2 win for the Miami Heat over the Oklahoma City Thunder drawing viewers, ABC crushed the competition Thursday night. In the 18-49 demo, the Alphabet was better than the four other broadcast networks combined.

Though the game was on in many different timeslots around the country, ABC drew a 5.8 rating/17 share in the demo from 9-11 p.m., with 13.5 million viewers according to early estimates from Nielsen. A more accurate account of how many people watched the game will be available Friday afternoon.

In the overnight rating, the game drew an 11.8, the best for a Game 2 since 2004 and up 12% from last year.

ABC also had the second- and third-best showings. Immediately prior to tip-off at 8:30, the “NBA Countdown” special earned a 3.1/10, with 7.7 million viewers, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (2.1/8, 6.1m) opened the night.

Thursday marked the second week of Fox’s new reality series “Take Me Out” and “The Choice.” Both fell from their debuts, likely losing viewers to the NBA game.

George Lopez-hosted dating series “Take Me Out” dropped to a 1.1/4, 2.6m from last week’s 1.3/5, 3.2m. “The Choice,” a dating series where celebrities swivel in “The Voice”-like chairs to see who they might be going out with, fell to a 1.5/5, 3.6m from its premiere of 1.8/5, 4.3m. “Rock Center With Brian Williams” earned a 0.8/2, 4m.

Another recent debut, NBC’s “Saving Hope,” remained low-rated but steady from its week one numbers. Hospital drama earned a 0.7/2, 3.9m, but actually saw a nice uptick in total viewers 3.9 million. However, that represented a viewer erosion of 2 million from lead-in “America’s Got Talent” (1.5/5, 5.9m).

Over at CBS, the Eye offered a night full of repeats. Best was “The Big Bang Theory” (2.1/8, 7.8m), followed by “2 Broke Girls” (1.8/6, 6.2m), “Person of Interest” (1.3/4, 6.8m) and “The Mentalist” (1.4/4, 7m).

The CW aired a new episode of “Breaking Pointe” (0.3/1, 873,000), a behind the curtain look at a ballet company, and a rerun of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.2/1, 467,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.7/15; CBS, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.3 million; CBS, 6.9 million; NBC, 4.6 million; Univision, 3.1 million; Fox, 3.1 million; CW, 670,000.

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