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

NBA finals Game 5 Ratings
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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.