9:27am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBA Finals Finish Strong But Miss Out on Game 7 Highs
The Stanley Cup wasn't the only championship series to miss out on the ratings rewards of a Game 6 or 7. The NBA Finals came to a conclusion on Sunday night with the San Antonio Spurs winning the title, taking the series four games to one over the Miami Heat.
It was an expected boon to ABC, which eclipsed all other broadcast networks for the night. Game 5 earned a preliminary 6.0 rating with adults 18-49, up 7 percent from the comparable game last year but down a significant 31 percent from the previous Finals' Game 7.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night continued its solid performance, averaging a 2.1 rating in the key demo — steady with last Sunday's showing.
ABC's competition was slim. Though there was the obvious draw of Game of Thrones' season finale — more on that later — broadcast had little on its plate. The Enlisted burn-off continued on Fox with another 0.4 rating with adults under 50. And on NBC, U.S. Open overrun started the night with a 1.1 in the demo. The series finale of Believe (0.7 adults) fell two-tenths of a point, while Crisis (0.7 adults) was steady at 10 p.m.