You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

NBA Finals on ABC Hits 2014 High, Tops Other Nets Combined

Another surprising blowout victory by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 has produced the top preliminary ratings result for the 2014 NBA Finals, with ABC beating its rivals combined on Thursday. NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” remained the top original entertainment series on the night, but fell off opposite the big game, while the net’s comedy “Undateable” held up a bit better.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s stations averaged a 5.2 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by more than 10% when the game’s full duration and West Coast viewing are included. In the 9-11 p.m. window, ABC beat its combined CBS-NBC-Fox competition in 18-49 (5.2 to 3.9) and total viewers (12.8 million vs. 11.4 million).

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the NBA Finals on Thursday averaged a 10.6 household rating — ahead of Games 1 (10.4), 2 (10.2) and 3 (10.3). The broadcast peaked with a 12.0 rating between 11 and 11:15 p.m. ET.

The Spurs’ 107-86 victory, which gave them a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven championship series, did a 47.4 rating in the San Antonio market, up from a 43.7 for Game 4 of last year when the same teams met in the Finals. The game did a 28.8 in Miami.

Game 5 in the series is Sunday night on ABC.

Among entertainment series on Thursday, CBS’ repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” ranked best (2.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). The net fell off the rest of the way with encores of “Mom” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), “Two and a Half Men” (1.2/4 in 18-49,  5.5 million viewers overall), “The Millers” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “Elementary” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

Fox edged out CBS, NBC and Univision as the top non-sports broadcaster with its combo of “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and “Gang Related” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), with the former down a tick and the latter holding steady week-to-week. “Kitchen” was the top non-sports Big Four series in its hour in all 18-34 demos.

At NBC, “Hollywood Game Night” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) was down a tick in the demo and up a little in total viewers. It was followed by back-to-back episodes of firstrun comedy “Undateable” at 9 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and 9:30 p.m. (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall); the first episode matched last week’s 18-49 score, and the latter was down a tick (though it could match last week’s 9:30 average in the nationals), with both episodes up in total viewers.

All six episodes of “Undateable” to date have out-rated every episode of all three of last summer’s original comedies on the Big Four (NBC’s “Save Me” and Fox’s “Anger Management” and “The Goodwin Games”) in adults 18-49.

Closing the night for NBC was “Last Comic Standing” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), which was down two tenths from last week for its lowest score of the summer.

CW aired repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) and its spinoff “The Originals” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 4.2/14; Fox, 1.2/4; CBS, NBC and Univision, 1.1/4; Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 10.6 million; CBS, 5.4 million; NBC, 3.8 million; Fox, 3.7 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 0.6 million.

More Data

  • Arturo Guillén

    Arturo Guillen: An International Vision for a Global Business

    MADRID  — In 1996, when still at high school, Spain’s Arturo Guillen, having flunked some exams, took a summer job at Entertainment Data Inc.(EDI), which had just set up in Spain, intent on delivering computer-collected box office results to distributors. Cinema theaters would start relaying results from 10 pm, Guillén recalls. Sometimes the computer froze, [...]

  • India, South Korea Lead Surge in

    India, South Korea Lead Surge in Asian Production, Rights Spending

    Spending on film, TV and online video content in Asia grew by 12% in 2018, a significant leap from 8% the previous year. The strongest growth came from India and South Korea, with Indonesia and Vietnam following. Data from the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by research and consultancy firm Media Partners [...]

  • Pride Parade and Festival in Salt

    New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

    A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, marking the second consecutive [...]

  • Majelan

    French Podcast App Majelan Launches With 13 Million Audio Episodes Across 50 Countries

    While the podcast space is heating up with a variety of players including Apple, Audible, Spotify and Luminary, a smaller-yet-promising French app called Majelan is rolling out across 50 countries with an international library of 280 000 audio series, or 13 millions episodes, in 15 languages. Majelan is also kicking off with 20 original or [...]

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • FICCI-Frames: Digital Growing, But TV Still

    FICCI-Frames: TV Dominates India's Entertainment Sector (Study)

    India’s creative industries sector, comprising television, film, OTT and related industries had an overall market size of $23.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow 12% to reach $33.6 billion by 2021. That is according to the annual EY report released during the Frames conference in Mumbai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    European Cinema Admissions Down 3.3% in 2018, but Hit 1.25 Billion for Fourth Year in a Row

    European cinema admissions hit 1.25 billion for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, despite dropping 3.3% from the record level set in 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas, or UNIC. Total box office revenue across Europe hit at least €8 billion ($9.1 billion), also for the fourth year running. The figures [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content