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ABC dominated the Sunday night ratings with the unlikelycombination of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Jimmy Kimmel and Barack Obama.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s appearanceon the pregame “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” special was the highest-ratedKimmel pregame special yet.
During an eight-minute interview via satellite from
“Will you replace the current president’s bouncy castle witha basketball court?” Kimmel asked.
“I hear there’s a bowling alley, and obviously that hasn’tgone too well,” said Obama, who added that he plays basketball about oncea week. “So we’re getting rid of the bowling alley and replacing it with abasketball court in the White House.”
“Nice, pave over that bowling alley immediately,” Kimmelsaid.
When asked who he’s rooting for in the playoffs, Obama wasdiplomatic. “I just want a good series,” he said. “I’m a Bulls fan, obviously,coming from
“Are you at all worried that if the Lakers come back (to win) it might encourage Hillary to come back, too?” Kimmel asked.
Obama laughed and said he hasn’t thought about it. “We’re on the same team.”
Kimmel also asked the senator what Father’s Day was like inhis house.
“There’s usually some experiment with waffles or pancakes … then we usually go to church,” Obama said. “Usually I get a hall pass, whichmeans I get to play golf or play basketball and goof off a little bit.”
Kimmel requested to close with a virtual fist bump, and Obama obliged.
“Kimmel” (8.2 million viewers, 3.2 adults 18-49 rating and an 11 share) was up10% from its previous pre-NBA Finals specials in the preliminary tallies. If the number holds, the special will likely be one of the highest-rated Kimmel episodes ever (special or late-night), but behind his post-Super Bowl special and perhaps one of his post-Oscar specials.
“Kimmel”was followed by a highly rated NBA Countdown (9.8 million, 4.0/12) andthe Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers game (Nationals: 17.3 million, 7.2). It was the highest-rated NBA game in two years, up 61% from last year and marks the fifth consecutive broadcast of the NBA Finals to win its night. The best part for ABC: The Lakers won, forcing a sixth game on Tuesday.
Meanwhile on CBS, the 62nd Tony Awards hit an all-time low (9.3 million, 1.1/3) in the demo causing the network to place fourth for the night. CBS notes the telecast was up 5% this year in households, however.
On NBC, in second, the network aired the U.S. Open Championships (13.8 million viewers, 3.9/13) and a “Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers” special (4.6 million, 1.9/5).
Fox and CW aired repeats.
Here’s Obama’s appearance on the Kimmel pregame show:
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