NBA Lifts ABC to Sunday Win

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 11, 2006

Game 2 of the NBA Finals wasn't close, but it did lift ABC to a ratings win Sunday night.

ABC averaged a 5.7 rating/10 share for the evening (with those numbers subject to change due to the live broadcast). That narrowly beat CBS, which posted a 5.6/10. NBC came in third with a 4.6/8. FOX, 2.9/5, came in fourth, and The WB trailed with a 1.3/2.

ABC had a larger margin of victory among adults 18-49, where it earned a 3.5 rating. FOX took second in the demographic with a 2.2, followed by NBC at 2.0. CBS averaged 1.5 and The WB 0.7.

CBS started the night on top with "60 Minutes" drawing a 6.6/13 at 7 p.m. "Dateline" grabbed a 3.6/7 for NBC, edging a rerun of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 3.5/7, on ABC (ABC had a slight edge in viewers). Reruns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and "King of the Hill" were fourth for FOX, beating an hour of "Reba" on The WB.

The opening of the 60th annual Tony Awards, 5.5/9, kept CBS in the lead at 8 p.m. Another hour of "Dateline" was second for NBC. "EM: Home Edition," 4.8/9, and the NBA pregame show, 4.4/7, gave ABC third place. FOX went with "The Simpsons," 3.7/6, and "The War at Home," 3.1/5. The WB's "Charmed" rerun was fifth.

At 9 p.m., the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks played to a 7.2/12, lifting ABC into the top spot. NBC moved up to second with a "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" rerun, 5.6/9. The Tony Awards slipped back to third. "Family Guy," 3.8/6, and a showing of FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," 2.5/4, let FOX hang onto fourth. The WB finished its night with a second episode of "Charmed."

The NBA game improved slightly to 7.4/12 at 10 p.m.; the Finals as a whole are drawing a slightly larger audience than they did in 2005. The Tony Awards delivered a 5.1/9 for CBS, and a repeat of the "Windfall" premiere scored a 4.5/8 for NBC.

On Saturday, CBS won the night with drama repeats and "48 Hours Mystery," averaging 5.0/8. FOX was second at 3.4/7, followed by ABC, 2.6/5, and NBC, 1.8/4.

  • 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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