Ratings: NBA Finals Slam Home Thursday Victory for ABC
Draws 7.1 rating in 18-49 demo and 16.7 million viewers, both up from Game 1
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/15/2012 11:47:40 AM
Game 2 of the 2012
NBA Finals -- which saw the Miami Heat even the series -- continued the strong
ratings for the series, notching the same 11.8 overnight as Tuesday's opening
game. The Heat's 100-96 victory drew a 7.1 rating (up two tenths from Game 1) in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers, giving ABC the lopsided ratings win on Thursday with an overall 4.7
The game also drew 16.7 million viewers, up 3% from Tuesday. Earlier, Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night drew a 2.1, down a tenth from
Tuesday and Kia NBA Countdown was up three tenths with a 3.1. (Due to
the nature of live events, ratings are subjected to higher-than-normal
In Oklahoma City,
the game drew a 44.4 rating, the highest for an NBA game ever in that market.
In Miami, the game generated a 30.3 rating.
landed the network in a distant-second with a 1.5/5.
Fox finished third
with a 1.3/4. The Choice and Take Me Out were both down two
tenths in their second week, drawing a 1.1 and 1.5, respectively.
NBC aired the
second episode of Saving Hope, which was even with another 0.7. Rock Center was also up a tenth from last week to a 0.8. The
network landed in fourth place with a 1.0/3.
The CW rounded out
the night with a 0.2/1. Breaking Pointe was up a tenth from last week to
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