In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals Game 1 between the Celtics and Warriors averaged 8.1 million total viewers on Thursday night, up 27 percent from the preliminary numbers for last season’s opening “tip-off.”
Surprise: Hoops thus dominated the first Thursday of broadcast-TV’s off-season.
Fox’s double helping of MasterChef Junior was steady, delivering 2.1 mil/0.3 followed by 1.9 mil/0.3. (How hilarious was Ivy dreading being teamed with microwave aficionado The Miz?)
Over on CBS, a Jubilee-themed special about the Queen drew 3 mil and a 0.2.
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. Steve Harvey is not a judge or lawyer and merely offers an alternative forum of dispute resolution.