Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals was another win for the Golden State Warriors — and for ABC. Unfortunately, given the Cavs’ 0-3 hole, the Disney-owned broadcast network probably won’t be enjoying the high ratings this championship series brings for much longer.
Looking way up at the hoops game, NBC and Fox tied for second in the key 18-49 demographic on Wednesday. CBS finished runner-up among total viewers.
ABC was first in ratings with a 4.3 rating/18 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Due to the nature of live sports, these fast national Nielsen numbers for ABC should be considered subject to heavy adjustment. For now, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 8 p.m. is seeing an inflated 2.6/13 and 9 million viewers. “NBA Countdown” at 8:30 scored a 2.6/12 and 8 million viewers. The game itself followed, pulling up those initial averages.
NBC and Fox tied for second in ratings, both with a 0.9/4. NBC was third in total viewers with 4.2 million, Fox was fourth with 3.2 million.
For NBC, a two-hour “American Ninja Warrior” starting at 8 posted a 1.1/5 and 5.1 million viewers. “Reverie” at 10 settled for a 0.5/2 and 2.2 million viewers.
“MasterChef” was the only show on Fox’s schedule.
CBS and Univision tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.4 million.
For CBS, following reruns, “Code Black” at 10 had a 0.6/3 and 5.6 million viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 764,000. Following a repeat, “The Originals” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 748,000 viewers.