Ratings: ABC Wins Big as San Antonio Spurs Clinch NBA Title

Game 5 is up from last year’s, but dropped from 2013’s series-ending Game 7

The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA Championship in 15 years on Sunday, handing ABC the nightly primetime ratings title in the process.

For NBC, the “Believe” finale dipped.

ABC was first in ratings with a 5.1 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 13.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. The clinching NBA Finals game was slightly up from last year’s Game 5, but dropped from 2013’s deciding Game 7. Though due to the nature of live sports, numbers for ABC are approximate.

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At 7 p.m., “Jimmy Kimmel Game Night” got a 2.1/8 and 6.5 million viewers. “NBA Countdown” at 7:30 received a 2.5/9 and 7.1 million viewers. Game 5 at 8 earned a night-high 6.0/19 and 15.6 million viewers.

Univision was second in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.3 million.

NBC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. NBC was third in viewers with 3.4 million, Fox was fifth with 1.8 million.

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For NBC, the U.S. Open overrun at 7 had a 1.1/4 and 5.1 million viewers. Following a rerun, the “Believe” finale at 9 dipped to a 0.7/2 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, “Crisis” got a 0.7/2 and 3.2 million viewers.

For Fox, “Enlisted” at 7 had a 0.4/2 and 1.2 million viewers. Repeats followed.

CBS was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and second in total viewers with 4.3 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” received a 0.8/3 and 7.3 million viewers. Reruns followed.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 981,000.