TV Ratings: NBA Finals Hit 6-Year Low for Game 3

Golden State Warriors - Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 - Getty-H 2019
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The NBA Finals put up consistent ratings on Wednesday, once again carrying ABC to an easy win for the night.

As was the case with the first two games of the series, however, Game 3 was down significantly year to year. 

ABC's live broadcast of the Toronto Raptors' 123-109 win over the Golden State Warriors drew a 10.0 household rating in metered markets, in line with the 10.1 and 10.2 for the first two contests. That's off 21 percent from a preliminary 12.7 in 2018 and the lowest for Game 3 of the series since 2013 (also 10.0).

Through three games, the 2019 Finals' 10.1 average in metered markets is down about 20 percent compared with a year ago (12.6). In total viewers, the decline is a bit steeper: Game 3 averaged 13.1 million viewers, per Nielsen's final numbers Wednesday. Through three games, the 2019 series is averaging 13.43 million people in the United States, down 25 percent from 18 million at the same point in 2018.

NBC's American Ninja Warrior led Wednesday's non-sports offerings in primetime with a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, followed closely by The Amazing Race (0.8) on CBS. The latter had a small edge in total viewers with 4.65 million to 4.34 million for Ninja Warrior

Masterchef drew a 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic for Fox, off a little bit from its premiere a week ago. The InBetween posted a 0.5 for NBC, also off a tick week to week, and My Last Days and Jane the Virgin held steady at 0.2 on The CW.

ABC cruised to a win among adults 18-49 in primetime with a 3.6 rating. NBC finished second at 0.7, followed by Fox at 0.6. NBC and Telemundo tied at 0.5, Univision averaged 0.3 and The CW trailed at 0.2.

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June 6, 2 p.m. Updated with final numbers for ABC.