TV Ratings: Game 1 of NBA Finals Scores Easy Thursday Win
Coming in shy of Fast National returns for last year's first game, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat still give ABC victories in total viewers and the demo.
Fast National returns have ABC's coverage of Game 1 of the NBA Finals coming in shy of last year but easily topping the night by key measures. The first showdown between Miami and San Antonio earned a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. Last year's game, which aired on a Tuesday, was adjusted to a 6.9 adults rating with final returns.
Elsewhere on the net, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (2.1 adults) was up from last year's preliminary returns, as was NBA Countdown (2.5 adults). ABC averaged an early 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers, though both numbers should see significant adjustments later on Friday.
Fox lead the other nets with a steady Hell's Kitchen (2.1 adults) and a boosted Does Someone Have to Go? (1.2 adults). The latter was up two-tenths of a point from last week, pushing the network to an average 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.95 million viewers.
A block of encores averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers for CBS.
On NBC, back-to-back new episodes of Save Me (0.7 adults) were each up a tenth of a point from last week. Hannibal (0.9 adults), facing competition from the NBA, was down a tenth of a point to a series low. NBC averaged a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers.
The CW, airing repeats, pulled a 0.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 828,000 viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.