ABC Rules with Game Five of ‘The NBA Finals’

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
Household Rating/Share
ABC: 11.4/20, NBC: 2.9/ 5, CBS: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.3/ 4, CW: 0.7/ 1
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +15, ABC: + 9, CW: no change, CBS: -17, NBC: -22
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Ratings Breakdown:
ABC, of course, stood well above the competition last night with game five of the “NBA Finals” (Warriors: 129, Cavaliers: 120) at an estimated 15.3 rating/26 share in the household overnights from 8-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was nine percent above the 14.0/23 one year earlier. Once the final nationals are factored in, ABC is poised for its most-watched “NBA Finals” series since 1998.
Opposite “The NBA Finals” were three season premieres (“So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox, and “American Ninja Warrior” and “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” on NBC) and the series-premiere of reality/competition “Superhuman” on Fox. “So You Think You Can Dance” returned for season 14 with a 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights, which was on par from the year-ago season-opener, and that led into a 1.9/ 3 for the launch of “Superhuman.” Comparably, the “Superhuman” opener was 58 percent above the 1.2/ 2 for failed drama “Houdini” one year earlier.
NBC, in contrast, lost steam. The return of “American Ninja Warrior” scored a 3.4/ 6 from 8-10 p.m., which was 17 percent below the 4.1/ 7 on the year-ago evening. And “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” dipped by 31 percent year-to-year with a 2.0/ 3 at 10 p.m. Overnight retention for “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “American Ninja Warrior” (3.2/ 5) was lacking at 59 percent.
Elsewhere, CBS populated this second Monday in June with encore telecasts of “Kevin Can Wait” (#4: 2.6/ 5), “Man with a Plan” ((#4: 2.5/ 4), “Mom” (#3: 2.9/ 5), “Life in Pieces” (#3: 2.5/ 4) and “Scorpion” (#2: 2.3/ 4). And The CW featured a repeat of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.8/ 1) and two episodes – original and repeat – of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.7/ 1 from 9-10 p.m.).
What follows is the half-hour breakdown for Monday, June 12, 2017:
8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 4.2/ 8 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#4)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season premiere): 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.8/ 1 (#5)
8:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Countdown: 5.0/ 9 (#1)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “So You Think You Can Dance” (season premiere): 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)
9:00 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 12.3/21 (#1)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Superhuman” (series premiere): 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)
9:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 14.9/25 (#1)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “American Ninja Warrior” (season premiere): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
Fox – “Superhuman” (series premiere): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)
10:00 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 16.6/27 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
10:30 p.m.
ABC – “NBA Finals” (Game 5): 15.5/26 (#1)
CBS – “Scorpion” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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