NBA Finals Warriors

Ratings: As NBA Championship Win Dominates Night, Ninja Warrior Slips

ABC’s coverage of the Golden State Warriors’ championship win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night drew 24.5 million total viewers and a 9.0 rating, surging 32 and 27 percent from the final numbers for Game 4 of this year’s NBA Finals.

While shy of last year’s deciding Game 7 (which did 31 mil/11.3 in finals), Monday’s match-up was up 36 and 32 percent from the most recent deciding Game 5 (Spurs/Heat 2014) and marked the most watched Game 5 in 19 years.

Facing off against the game….

NBC | American Ninja Warrior did 5.4 mil and a 1.4, slipping 18 percent in the demo from both last season’s opener and finale. Spartan (3.5 mil/0.9) was down 40 percent from its Season 1 premiere yet on par with its finale.

FOX | The well-received So You Think You Can Dance “un-boot” drew 3.6 mil and a 0.9, ticking down just a bit from last year’s “Next Generation” premiere. Superhuman retained 2.6 mil and a 0.7.

THE CW | Whose Line (950K/0.3) was steady.

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  1. Kevin Tran says:

    Don’t ever think about Warriors – Cavs 4 next year. Congrats to the Dubs for winning their second title in three years and thanks for bringing in Kevin Durant. One word: REDEMPTION.

  2. kmw says:

    Well the other shows numbers are pretty expected with basketball and all but good for SYTYCD. a 0.9 is good for FOX these days. And congrats to Warriors

  3. TvPeong says:

    Hi Matt,

    Do you know if American Ninja Warrior changed the rules to include more women in the city finals. Last night, after they showed the top 30, they showed the top 5 women. I can’t seem to find a reliable source as to whether there was an official change.


    • Magali says:

      I think they mentioned on the show this change of rules : the top 5 women of each city automatically advance to the city finals.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        ISEMAN said last night, “The women on American Ninja Warrior just keep getting stronger, so this year we’re changing the rules: From now on, the Top 5 women from Qualifying will move on to the City Finals.”

        • TvPeong says:

          Thanks, Matt. I must have missed it last night.
          I think it’s a good change. I wonder if that means they are going to get rid of wild cards.
          I hope ratings go back up. This is a great summer show.

          • KayCeeCee says:

            I agree. If they do this, should not have Wild Card spots; or rather, they should give all of the Wild Card spots to women.

      • TvPeong says:

        Thanks, Magali!

  4. boffothewondersheep says:

    I think SYTYCD ratings usually go up once they hit the live voting shows, so hopefully they’ll improve. I enjoyed the return to the old format.

  5. Rafael says:

    Stephen Curry = Tom Brady, Kevin Durant = Rob Gronkowski, Golden State Warriors = New England Patriots, Ben Roesthlesberger = Lebron James, Antonio Brown = Kyrie Irving, Pittsburgh Steelers = Cleveland Cavaliers, IMO.

    Meanwhile, if they cannot SYTYCD after this season, no matter how good or bad the ratings, then it should move to a new private network.