Opposite an ever-mighty NBA Finals, NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge premiered on Monday to 4.8 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating (per finals), besting the much-ballyhooed debut of time slot rival BrainDead.
Spartan also improved upon the year-ago launch of (blast from the past alert!) NBC’s The Island (4 mil/1.2).
Opening the Peacock’s night, American Ninja Warrior‘s time slot premiere (6.8 mil/1.9) was up from both its most recent Wednesday outing (5.8 mil/1.6) and last summer’s Monday opener (5.9 mil/1.8), hitting season highs.
CBS’ aforementioned BrainDead opened to 4.6 mil and a 0.7 (and an average TVLine reader grade of “B-“), leading out of a Scorpion rerun (4.1 mil/0.7).
ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals Game 5 drew 20.5 million total viewers and a 7.6 rating, up sharply from Game 4’s finals (16.9 mil/6.2) and up a tick from last year’s Game 5 (20.5 mil/7.5).
Over on Fox, So You Think You Can Dance (3.5 mil/0.9) and Houdini & Doyle (1.8 mil/0.4) each dipped, as did The CW’s Reign (810/0.2) and Whose Line (980K/0.3).