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.
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.