Ratings: Warriors’ NBA Finals Clincher Spoils ‘Ninja Warrior,’ ‘SYTYCD’ Premieres

Fox’s “Superhuman” debuted somewhere under that pile, too

Last Updated: June 20, 2017 @ 8:04 AM

Golden State Warriors: 1; “American Ninja Warrior”: 0

The Western Conference Champions reclaimed the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy on Monday night, making ABC was the other big winner of the evening. Game 5 drowned out the premieres of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” and “Spartan,” as well as Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Superhuman.”

Of course, much like the Warriors’ big victory, ABC’s was to be expected. Due to the nature of live sports, the below Nielsen numbers for Game 5 are likely understated and could adjust up in the final tally.

ABC was first in ratings with a 6.3 rating/23 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 17.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night” at 8 p.m. earned a 3.4/14 and 11.2 million viewers. “NBA Countdown” at 8:30 posted a 4.4/17 and 13 million viewers. The game itself at 9 lifted ABC’s primetime average even more.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 4.7 million. “American Ninja Warrior” at 8 landed a 1.4/5 and 5.3 million viewers. “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” at 10 started to a 0.9/3 and 3.5 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and fourth in viewers with 3.1 million. The season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” at 8 had a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. At 9, “Superhuman” debuted to a 0.7/2 and 2.6 million viewers.

CBS and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was third in total viewers with 3.8 million, airing just reruns; Univision was fifth with 1.4 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.007 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 996,000. Between repeats, a new “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” at 9 received a 0.3/1 and 948,000 viewers.