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Sunday Final Nationals: Cavaliers-Warriors on ABC Posts Top NBA Finals Game 2 Audience in 19 Years

ABC ruled on Sunday night in all key figures. In prime time, the network averaged 15.53 million viewers, with a 5.6 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and a 6.0 rating/19 share in adults 25-54.

Although Game 2 was yet another blowout win for the Golden State Warriors over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the “2017 NBA Finals”, it delivered the largest viewership for a second Finals game since Chicago-Utah on NBC — Michael Jordan’s last Finals series in his playing career — from June 5, 1998 (26.3 million viewers).

ESPN reported an additional 436,000 viewers tuned into Game 2 via streaming.

Through its first two games, the 2017 NBA Finals has averaged a total audience of 20.1 million viewers (19.19 million on ABC; 410,000 via streaming) — the best marks for the series since the aforementioned 1998 NBA Finals.

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Sunday, June 4, 2017
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 8.5/16 15530 5.6/21 6.0/19
7:00 Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night (s) 252 92 2.1/4 3424 0.7/4 1.0/4 1.1/4
7:31 NBA Countdown (s) 250 92 2.9/6 4781 1.4/8 1.6/7 1.8/7
7:59 2017 NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland @ Golden State (s) (thru 10:42) 251 92 10.7/20 19686 6.5/30 7.1/26 7.6/23
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 3.1/6 4780 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.7/2
7:00 60 Minutes (r) 252 93 4.4/9 6789 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/4
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (r) 252 93 3.3/6 5119 0.3/1 0.5/2 0.7/3
9:00 Madam Secretary (r) 252 93 2.7/5 3998 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.5/2
10:00 Code Black (rs) 252 93 2.2/4 3216 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.5/2
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.8/5 4714 0.6/3 1.0/4 1.3/4
7:00 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly (p) 246 93 3.9/8 6197 0.4/2 0.8/4 1.2/4
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (s) 245 93 2.4/4 4219 0.6/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-10 Network Average 0.8/1 1178 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
7:00 Bob’s Burgers (r) 256 93 0.6/1 958 0.2/1 0.3/2 0.4/2
7:30 Last Man on Earth (r) 256 93 0.5/1 788 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
8:00 The Simpsons (r) 255 93 0.8/1 1228 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:30 Family Guy (r) 256 93 0.8/2 1352 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 Bob’s Burgers (rs) 256 93 0.8/1 1297 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:30 Family Guy (rs) 256 93 0.9/2 1442 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.8/2 1412 0.4/2
7:00 La Rosa de Guadalupe 0.6/1 968 0.3/1
8:00 Los Milagros de Jesús (s) 0.8/2 1472 0.4/2
9:09 Los Milagros de Jesús (s) 1.0/2 1774 0.6/2
10:00 Aqui y Ahora 0.9/2 1481 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.3/1 511 0.2/1
6:00 Cine Te estoy observando (2002) 0.3/1 405 0.2/1
8:00 Cine Hermanos de corazón (2011) 0.3/1 622 0.2/1
10:00 La Hermandad (thru 11:00) 0.2/0 345 0.1/0
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.3/1 702 0.2/1 0.3/1
7:00 Cine Home (2014) (preliminary) 0.3/1 628 0.2/1 0.3/1
8:00 Cine Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) (preliminary) 0.3/1 648 0.2/1 0.3/1
9:00 Cine Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) (preliminary) 0.4/1 751 0.3/1 0.3/1
10:00 Don Francisco Te Invita (preliminary) 0.4/1 782 0.2/1 0.3/1

Note: All of this date’s Telemundo data are based on preliminary figures.

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Sunday 6/04/17

Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 0.8/4
Men 18-49: 1.1/5

NBA Countdown” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.9/5
Men 18-34: 1.8/12
Women 18-49: 1.1/5
Men 18-49: 2.1/10

2017 NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 4.8/22
Men 18-34: 8.2/38
Women 18-49: 5.3/19
Men 18-49: 8.9/32

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.8/4

American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.7/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/2
Women 18-49: 1.2/4
Men 18-49: 1.1/4

Fear The Walking Dead” (AMC, 9:00-10:03)
1.73 household rating
3.109 million viewers
1.18 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.66
Men 18-34: 0.79
Women 18-49: 1.14
Men 18-49: 1.23

Fear The Walking Dead” (AMC, 10:03-11:10)
1.55 household rating
2.698 million viewers
1.04 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.58
Men 18-34: 0.71
Women 18-49: 0.97
Men 18-49: 1.11

The Leftovers” (HBO)
0.64 household rating
1.049 million viewers
0.43 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.24
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.38
Men 18-49: 0.48

Silicon Valley” (HBO)
0.55 household rating
0.862 million viewers
0.44 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.30
Men 18-34: 0.49
Women 18-49: 0.30
Men 18-49: 0.57

The White Princess” (Starz)
0.58 household rating
0.868 million viewers
0.21 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.14
Men 18-34: 0.04
Women 18-49: 0.30
Men 18-49: 0.12

American Gods” (Starz)
0.41 household rating
0.607 million viewers
0.21 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.08
Men 18-34: 0.16
Women 18-49: 0.16
Men 18-49: 0.25

Cable Rankings – Sunday 6/04/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Sunday, June 4:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No* D-No* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
41 77 AMERICAN PICKERS A&E 9:00 PM 61 1062 0.19
48 77 AMERICAN PICKERS A&E 10:01 PM 62 928 0.19
99 88 SAMURAI JACK ADSM 8:30 PM 30 407 0.18
79 40 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:00 PM 30 661 0.28
67 30 RICK & MORTY ADSM 9:30 PM 30 771 0.34
40 7 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1074 0.49
26 3 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1376 0.65
74 50 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 6:55 PM 60 727 0.25
33 18 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 7:55 PM 65 1200 0.42
1 1 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 63 3109 1.18
2 2 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 10:03 PM 67 2698 1.04
37 20 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 1101 0.41
83 77 INVITE ONLY CABO BRAVO 9:00 PM 60 610 0.19
89 88 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 598 0.18
96 67 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: HAPPY GILMORE CMDY 8:00 PM 120 493 0.21
59 97 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 7:00 PM 60 837 0.17
46 77 PARTS UNKNOWN CNN 9:00 PM 60 956 0.19
86 77 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 7:00 PM 60 604 0.19
91 88 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 8:00 PM 60 559 0.18
57 45 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 9:00 PM 60 854 0.26
17 6 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 10:00 PM 62 1532 0.50
70 97 PUPPY DOG PALS DISJR 7:30 PM 25 746 0.17
14 10 ALADDIN (MOVIE) DSNY 6:00 PM 100 1584 0.46
35 28 TANGLED: THE SERIES DSNY 7:40 PM 30 1173 0.35
47 45 TANGLED: THE SERIES DSNY 8:10 PM 30 946 0.26
76 77 FANS GUIDE SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING DSNY 8:45 PM 30 702 0.19
98 77 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 7:00 PM 60 427 0.19
94 62 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 8:00 PM 60 527 0.22
23 4 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 60 1437 0.63
84 62 SECOND WIVES CLUB E! 10:00 PM 60 608 0.22
69 67 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (0.48 HH, 0.14 A18-34) ESPN 7:00 PM 30 751 0.21
5 11 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: ST. LOUIS @ CHICAGO CUBS (1.07 HH, 0.32 A18-34) ESPN 7:30 PM 193 1784 0.45
38 8 SPORTSCENTER LATE (0.67 HH, 0.44 A18-34) ESPN 10:43 PM 107 1091 0.47
68 77 FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN FOOD 7:00 PM 60 753 0.19
16 24 FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN FOOD 8:00 PM 60 1547 0.37
8 13 FOOD NETWORK STAR 13 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1712 0.44
58 59 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 843 0.23
55 45 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 864 0.26
4 88 WATTERS WORLD FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 1872 0.18
86 54 SUNDAY MOVIE: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 FRFM 5:00 PM 150 604 0.24
63 30 SUNDAY MOVIE: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 FRFM 7:30 PM 150 812 0.34
73 34 SUNDAY MOVIE: ALADDIN FRFM 10:00 PM 120 731 0.33
34 62 NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS (DELAY) (0.73 HH, 0.13 A18-34) FS1 5:23 PM 127 1179 0.22
32 5 FX MOVIE PRIME: GROWN UPS 2 FX 6:00 PM 120 1253 0.56
36 13 FX MOVIE PRIME: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 FX 8:00 PM 120 1169 0.44
80 54 FX MOVIE PRIME: PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 FX 10:00 PM 120 645 0.24
24 67 HALLMARK ORIGINAL MOVIE: DESTINATION WEDDING HALL 7:00 PM 120 1432 0.21
3 54 GOOD WITCH HALL 9:00 PM 60 2201 0.24
65 45 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN HBO 6:45 PM 127 793 0.26
97 77 BREAK HBO 8:52 PM 11 472 0.19
43 16 THE LEFTOVERS HBO 9:03 PM 72 1049 0.43
56 13 SILICON VALLEY HBO 10:17 PM 29 862 0.44
29 40 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 7:00 PM 30 1280 0.28
21 35 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 7:30 PM 30 1454 0.32
12 25 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1610 0.36
6 21 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1724 0.40
9 23 MEXICO LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1708 0.38
11 30 MEXICO LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1653 0.34
7 35 BEACH HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1722 0.32
10 30 BEACH HUNTERS HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1705 0.34
51 88 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST 7:00 PM 60 885 0.18
54 88 SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS HIST 9:00 PM 63 865 0.18
44 59 SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS HIST 10:03 PM 60 1004 0.23
60 50 HEAR NO EVIL ID 7:00 PM 60 823 0.25
62 59 DISAPPEARED ID 8:00 PM 60 814 0.23
39 38 DISAPPEARED ID 9:00 PM 60 1078 0.29
30 35 ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN ID 10:00 PM 60 1273 0.32
42 54 MOVIE- ACQUIRED PREM: THE PERFECT SOULMATE LIF 8:00 PM 122 1050 0.24
66 88 MOVIE- ACQUIRED RPT: A NEIGHBOR’S DECEPTION LIF 10:02 PM 120 789 0.18
100 77 MTV MOVIES: THE HANGOVER MTV 5:00 PM 150 402 0.19
88 77 WICKED TUNA NGC 7:00 PM 60 603 0.19
81 97 WICKED TUNA NGC 8:00 PM 60 621 0.17
27 21 WICKED TUNA NGC 9:00 PM 60 1364 0.40
13 38 NICK SIZZLING SUMMER CAMP NICK 7:00 PM 60 1594 0.29
15 40 THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 30 1573 0.28
20 45 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY &DAWN NICK 8:30 PM 30 1472 0.26
49 73 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 901 0.20
71 97 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 740 0.17
64 73 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 798 0.20
61 50 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 816 0.25
95 62 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 6:01 PM 60 510 0.22
90 50 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 7:01 PM 60 590 0.25
92 54 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 8:01 PM 60 539 0.24
93 73 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 9:01 PM 60 532 0.20
52 67 THE WHITE PRINCESS STARZ 8:01 PM 59 868 0.21
85 67 AMERICAN GODS STARZ 9:01 PM 52 607 0.21
78 73 SYFY MOVIE: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010) SYFY 6:00 PM 150 662 0.20
72 67 SYFY MOVIE: PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS SYFY 8:30 PM 140 732 0.21
75 25 TBS PRIME MOVIE: TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE RICKY BOBBY STORY TBS 7:00 PM 120 716 0.36
77 43 TBS PRIME MOVIE: RUSH HOUR 2 TBS 9:00 PM 120 671 0.27
82 88 RETURN TO AMISH EXTRA CHARACTER TLC 6:00 PM 120 618 0.18
22 28 RETURN TO AMISH TLC 8:00 PM 125 1443 0.35
50 62 RETURN TO AMISH: CHARACTER TLC 10:05 PM 60 895 0.22
52 43 TNT SUNDAY MOVIES: A FEW GOOD MEN TNT 5:00 PM 180 868 0.27
19 16 AMERICAN SNIPER TNT 8:00 PM 180 1507 0.43
45 88 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 10:30 PM 30 983 0.18
18 8 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 60 1511 0.47
28 18 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1305 0.42
25 11 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1388 0.45
31 25 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 60 1263 0.36

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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