TV Ratings: NBA Finals' Hot Streak Continues on ABC

Three games in, the Cavaliers-Warriors series is the highest-rated in network history.
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This year's NBA Finals don't need overtime to break records. The latest game of the series, which aired on ABC Tuesday night, was again the highest rated ever for a game three for the network.

The 13.7 overnight rating marked the third consecutive double-digit surge from 2014, rising 33 percent from the comparable game last year (10.3 rating). It also solidified this year's games as the highest-rated ever since ABC started broadcasting the NBA Finals.

ABC's previous two games brought a respective 17.8 and 18.8 million viewers once final ratings were posted. Tuesday's game tipped the Finals in the Cleveland Cavaliers favor. The LeBron James-led team is now leading the Golden State Warriors 2-1. Basketball has also been a boon to lead-in Jimmy Kimmel Game Night, up 42 percent from last year.

Tuesday's No. 2 network, NBC, was undeterred by the extra competition. America's Got Talent pulled a steady 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 ahead of an also-steady I Can Do That (1.5 adults).

On Fox, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (0.8 adults) was steady — as was the finale of Hell's Kitchen (1.0 adults). The CW aired the season finale of iZombie, steady with a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49.