Primetime Ratings: NBA Finals Slam Home Thursday Win for ABC

'Love Bites,' 'SYTYCD' both fall

Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals handed ABC the victory in
Thursday night's ratings race, with an overall 5.1 rating/15 share in the 18-49
demo. The Heat/Mavericks matchup earned a preliminary 6.3 rating during 9-11 p.m., up 15% from Tuesday's Game Four (due to the
live nature of sports, ratings are only approximate). At 8 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night was up 9%
from its Tuesday airing to a 2.4, while Buick
Regal NBA Countdown
grew 14% to a 3.3.

Fox came in second with an overall 2.4/7; its two-hour So You Think You Can Dance? fell 11% to
a 2.5.

CBS aired a night of repeats for the third spot with an
overall 1.4/4.

NBC's only new show of the night, Love Bites, fell a tenth of a point from last week's premiere to a
0.9. The network earned an overall 0.8/2.

The CW aired all repeats for a 0.3/1.