June 11, 2014 8:54am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBA Finals Continue to Pace With 2013 as Spurs Take Lead
Another night, another championship series.
ABC's ongoing coverage of the NBA Finals brought game three on Tuesday night, securing an easy win in both the key demographic of adults 18-49 and total viewers.
The game itself averaged a 4.9 rating with adults under 50 in preliminary ratings. That's steady with the comparable game last year, which ultimately rose to a 5.8 rating. The San Antonio Spurs, which won by nearly 20 points, now lead the series 2:1 over the Miami Heat.
Lead-in Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night saw a smaller showing than typical, averaging a 1.9 rating with adults.
NBC's second place win, a close one in total viewers with 9.9 million to ABC's 10.1 million, came courtesy of a new America's Got Talent -- off three-tenths of a point to a 2.6 rating against the competition. One series not stalled by the NBA was Night Shift. The summer drama remains steady with a 1.5 rating in the key demo.
Riot and I Wanna Marry "Harry" were also both steady on Fox, albeit with just a shared 0.4 rating. The duo, while incredibly soft, are at least proving to be even week-to-week.
And soft CW summer premiere Famous in Twelve (0.3 adults) ticked up just a tenth from last week's debut.