Ratings: Sunday Night Football Steady, End of NBA Finals Ties Demo High

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In the latest TV ratings, NBC Sunday Night Football this week delivered 15.1 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), steady in audience while down just 7 percent in the demo from last week.

Over on ABC, what turned out to be the deciding game of the NBA Finals drew 8.3 mil and a 3.2 (per Nielsen finals), down a tick in audience from Friday’s game but matching the championship series’ high in the demo. That said, this year’s NBA Finals of course were down sharply from 2019 (which were held as usual in the spring), averaging not even half of the audience (7.4 mil vs. 15.1 mil).


CBS | Clueless (2.2 mil/0.4) was on par with last week’s Sunday movie, Old School.

THE CW | Pandora (383K/0.1) was steady versus its season opener.

FOX | The Simpsons (1.4 mil/0.5) was steady, while Bless the Harts (1 mil/0.4), Bob’s Burgers (1.3 mil/0.5) and Family Guy (1.5 mil/0.6) all ticked up.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Common side effects include abdominal pain and dizziness.

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