dwyane wade kevin durant nba finals 2012 gm1 gi TV ratings: NBA Finals up over 2011, scores big for ABC TuesdayFast National ratings for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The opening of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat gave ABC a big ratings win Tuesday night, improving on last year’s first game and more than doubling the 18-49 rating of its nearest competitor.

ABC averaged 11 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/11 share among households in primetime, although those numbers will rise when adjusted for the live NBA broadcast (the game scored an 11.8 overnight rating in metered markets, ABC’s best mark for a Finals opener). CBS (7.2 million, 4.8/8) came in second in viewers, a little ahead of NBC’s 6.9 million and 4.2/7. FOX (5.1 million, 3.0/5) finished fourth. The CW was way off the pace with just 520,000 viewers and a 0.4/1.

ABC dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.6 rating. FOX and NBC tied for second place at 2.1. CBS averaged a 1.2 in the demo and The CW a 0.2.

]]>8 p.m.

CBS:
“NCIS” rerun (9.2 million viewers, 6.1/10 households)
ABC: “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (6.3 million, 4.2/7)/”NBA Countdown” (7 million, 4.6/8)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” (5.3 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” (4.9 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “The Catalina” (650,000, 0.5/1)


18-49 leader:
“NBA Countdown” (2.8)


9 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 1 – Heat/Thunder (12.4 million, 7.5/12)
NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (10.85 million, 6.3/10)
CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” rerun (6.9 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: “Masterchef” (4.9 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “The L.A. Complex” rerun (390,000, 0.3/0)


18-49 leader:
NBA Finals (5.2)


10 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 1 (14 million, 8.5/14)
CBS: “48 Hours Mystery” (5.4 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Love in the Wild” (5 million, 3.2/5)


18-49 leader:
NBA Finals (6.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers
are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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