CBS Blocks ABC's Shot Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 8, 2006

Despite the presence of two big-market teams and a handful of stars, the NBA Finals didn't generate very big ratings for ABC Thursday, allowing CBS to take the night.

CBS averaged a 6.9 rating/12 share in primetime, beating out ABC's 5.9/10 (with the Finals airing live, those numbers may change some in the final ratings). FOX took third with a 5.2/9. NBC, 4.7/8, came in fourth, while both The WB, 1.5/3, and UPN, 1.1/2, were well back.

ABC did score a win among adults 18-49, drawing a 3.5 rating. FOX was a close second in the demographic with a 3.3. NBC, 2.8, edged CBS, 2.7, for third. The WB averaged 0.8 and UPN 0.7.

The pregame show "NBA Nation" scored a 4.7/9 for ABC at 8 p.m., narrowly winning the hour over CBS' "Gameshow Marathon," 4.6/8 (CBS had a small lead in total viewers). An hour of "My Name Is Earl" was third for NBC at 4.3/8. FOX was fourth with a repeat of "So You Think You Can Dance." The WB's "Smallville" rerun, 1.6/3, topped UPN's "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Love, Inc."

CBS took over the lead at 9 p.m. with a "CSI" rerun, 8.3/14. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat posted a 6.3/10, edging a new "So You Think You Can Dance," 6.2/10, on FOX. Two more episodes of "Earl" averaged 4.1/7 for NBC. "Supernatural" kept The WB in fifth, ahead of "Eve" and "Cuts" on UPN.

"Without a Trace" finished CBS' night with a 7.8/13 at 10 p.m. ABC's NBA coverage improved to 6.9/12. The premiere of "Windfall" on NBC delivered a 5.8/10.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.
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