Ratings: NBA Finals Dominate Tuesday With Game 1, Up 13 Percent YOY

Ratings NBA Finals

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals opener averaged 8.6 million total viewers (per Nielsen finals), up 13 percent from last year’s Game 1 (which was pandemic-delayed until August) and easily delivering Tuesday’s largest audience.

Opening ABC’s night (per early numbers), the Jimmy Kimmel special did 4.6 mil with a 1.2 demo rating, followed by NBA Countdown‘s 3.8 mil/1.1.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent (6.9 mil/0.8, read recap) slipped two tenths in the demo. College Bowl (2.7 mil/0.4) was steady.


THE CW | The Flash (770K/0.2) dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.

FOX  | LEGO Masters (1.6 mil/0.5) and Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.3) were steady.

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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. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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