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The Los Angeles Lakers may have blown a huge point lead Thursday night, but ABC’s presentation of the NBA Finals showed no sign of surrendering its leg up on competitors.
Game 4 (9.9 million viewers, 4.1 adults 18 to 49 rating and a 12 share) between the Lakers and Boston Celtics gave ABC a win for night, up 21% in the preliminary ratings from last year’s deciding NBA game. The win gave ABC its eighth Thursday victory in a row, the network’s longest winning streak on that night in more than 16 years. Rival scripted summer series “Swingtown” on CBS and “Fear Itself” on NBC endured double digit declines in their second weeks on the air.
ABC also aired “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (7.8 million, 2.9/10) and “NBA Countdown” (8.2 million, 3.2/11).
Fox was second in the demo with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (6.1 million, 1.8/6) and “So You Think You Can Dance” (7.9 million, 2.8/8) posting their lowest Thursday night ratings to date.
CBS placed a tight third, trying out “Million Dollar Password” (9.5 million, 2.0/7) on a new night, followed by a “CSI” repeat (9.4 million, 2.2/6) and the second episode of “Swingtown” (7.3 million, 2.3/7) — the freshman drama fell 18% from last week’s premiere.
In fourth, NBC aired a comedy repeat followed by “Last Comic Standing” (4.1 million, 1.7/5) and the second episode of “Fear Itself” (4.9 million, 1.5/4), the latter down 25%. The CW aired repeats (averaging 1.8 million, 0.7/2).
For some Game 4 coverage, here’s Yahoo Sports on Kobe Bryant (“We just wet the bed”). Below are ESPN’s highlights from Game 4 — “choke” and “gag.”
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