Miami Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup inches up from last year's Game 4; Gordon Ramsay's "MasterChef" picks up viewers despite hoops competition
Game 4 of the NBA Finals handed ABC a decisive overall victory on Tuesday night, though it didn't make a dent in Fox's slate of Gordon Ramsay-related programming, according to preliminary numbers.
Though ABC's numbers are subject to revision due to the nature of live sports, the network shows an easy win in both ratings and total viewers, averaging a 4.9 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and 11.6 million total viewers.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" at 8 p.m. posted a 2.5/9, flat with last year's equivalent airing, and drew 6.9 million total viewers, while "NBA Countdown" at 8:30 was on a par with last year's equivalent episode, drawing a 2.8/9 with 7.3 million total viewers.
The game between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9 p.m. grew 9 percent from last year's Game 4, inching up to a 6.0/7, easily the night's best ratings performance, and 13.9 million total viewers, making it the night's most-watched program by far.
Fox took a distant second in ratings with a 2.1/6 and came in fourth in total viewers, averaging 5.2 million. Against ABC's basketball programming, "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 held steady with last week, taking a 2.2/7 and 5.3 million total viewers. "MasterChef," the following hour, dipped slightly in the ratings from last week, receiving a 2.0/6, but inched up in total viewership with 5 million total viewers.
NBC drew third place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.5/4 and 5.8 million. Its sole original program of the night, "Love in the Wild," dropped 13 percent from last week, taking a 1.3/4 and receiving 4.1 million total viewers.
Univision took fourth place in ratings and fifth in total viewers, averaging a 1.3/4 and 3.4 million for the night.
CBS, which ran repeats throughout the night, drew fifth place in ratings and second in total viewers with an average 1.2/4 and 7.1 million.