Primetime Ratings: ABC Slams Home Record Game 2 Audience for NBA Finals

Updated: Against basketball, Tony Awards fall to lowest rating ever

Another thrilling overtime contest in the NBA Finals led ABC to another easy victory on Sunday, finishing with an overall 5.3 rating/18 share with adults 18-49 in primetime, according to Nielsen overnight numbers.

The game, this time won by the Cleveland Cavaliers to even the series at 1-1, averaged 18.8 million viewers, up 6% from Game 1 and the most-watched Game 2 ever on ABC. Through two games, The Finals is averaging 18.3 million viewers, the most ever on ABC through that span. Among the 18-49 crowd, Game 2 surged 24% from last year to a 7.3 rating, which was also up 8% from Thursday's opening game.

Against basketball, CBS’ broadcast of The Tony Awards fell 25% from last year to a 0.9 rating, the show’s lowest rating ever. The annual three-hour program averaged 6.35 million total viewers.

NBC was in third with a 0.7/2. Dateline was even with a 1.0, while A.D. The Bible Continues fell 22% to a 0.7 and American Odyssey dipped 20% to a 0.4.

Fox (0.6/2) aired mostly repeats except for a new Golan the Insatiable, which was down two tenths to a 0.4.