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Sunday Final Nationals: Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC Draws Best NBA Game Ratings in 18 Years

Sunday night’s NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC was the most-watched, highest-rated NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals (which had aired on NBC), according to Nielsen. ABC’s Game 7 viewership peaked with 44.511 million viewers and a 22.5 U.S. rating from 10:30-10:40 p.m. ET.

The 2016 NBA Finals on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 4-3 in a rematch from 2015, was the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998. The series averaged 20.166 million viewers and an 11.3 U.S. rating for its seven games. The back-to-back Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals in 2015 and 2016 are the two-most-watched and highest-rated NBA Finals ever on ABC.

The NBA Finals on ABC won the night across all of television for the 55th consecutive time.

For the week of June 13-19, ABC averaged 10.5 million viewers — the most for the network since Feb. 16-22, 2015 — with a 3.5 rating/14 share along adults 18-49 — ABC’s best since June 6-12, 2011.

WatchESPN NBA Audience Records

Sunday night’s Game 7 became the most-watched NBA game ever on WatchESPN across all metrics. It generated 96.276 million total minutes streamed, 1.76 million unique viewers and an average minute audience of 598,000 viewers, which is the most for a non-World Cup event ever on WatchESPN.

Top local markets on ABC

NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC delivered a 46.3 in the Cleveland market, making it the second-highest rated NBA game ever in the market. In San Francisco, the game generated a 39.4 rating, which also ranks second all-time for an NBA Game. The rest of the top 10 markets included Columbus (30.1), Miami (24.3), San Antonio (23.6), Sacramento (23.3), Memphis (21.7), Atlanta (21.3), Dayton (21.0) and Norfolk (20.7).
 

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Programming Insider Sunday, June 19, 2016
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 12.5/24 24541 8.5/37 8.9/32 9.4/28
7:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (s) 2.3/5 3863 1.0/5 1.1/5 1.3/5
7:31 NBA Countdown (s) 3.4/7 6102 2.0/12 2.1/10 2.3/9
8:00 2016 NBA Finals Game 7 Cleveland @ Golden State (s) 15.8/29 31018 10.8/43 11.3/38 11.8/34
10:40 NBA Trophy Presentation (s) (thru 11:09) 14.1/26 27774 10.1/39 10.6/34 11.0/31
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.6/5 3919 0.2/1 0.4/1 0.7/2
7:00 60 Minutes (r) 4.4/9 6725 0.4/2 0.6/3 1.1/4
8:00 BraindDead (r) 2.3/4 3433 0.2/1 0.4/1 0.6/2
9:00 Madam Secretary (r) 1.9/3 2919 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.5/2
10:00 Elementary (r) 1.8/3 2599 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.5/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 1.5/3 2522 0.5/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
7:00 Movie: Despicable Me 2 (2013) 1.5/3 2585 0.5/2 0.7/3 0.9/3
9:00 American Ninja Warrior (r) 1.4/3 2460 0.5/2 0.7/2 0.9/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-10 Network Average 3.0/6 5103 0.9/4 1.2/5 1.5/5
11:00a U.S. Open Golf Final Round (s) 3.4/9 5393 0.9/7 1.1/7 1.5/7
8:20 U.S. Open Golf Post-Match (s) 2.4/5 3984 0.6/3 0.9/3 1.2/4
8:47 The Simpsons (r) 0.9/2 1482 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (r) 0.7/1 1193 0.3/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
9:30 Family Guy (r) 0.7/1 1103 0.4/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.6/1 1092 0.4/1
7:00 Aquí y Ahora 0.7/1 1206 0.4/2
8:00 Los Tigres del Norte 0.6/1 1016 0.3/1
10:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.7/1 1130 0.4/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.3/1 483 0.2/1
7:00 Cine Duedas de Juego (2007) 0.3/1 482 0.2/1
9:00 Cine Sector 4: Extracción (2014) 0.3/1 484 0.2/1

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Sunday 6/19/16

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.8/4
Men 18-34: 1.1/6
Women 18-49: 1.0/4
Men 18-49: 1.3/6

NBA Countdown” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 1.5/9
Men 18-34: 2.5/15
Women 18-49: 1.7/8
Men 18-49: 2.6/12

2016 NBA Finals Game 7: Cleveland @ Golden State” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 8.1/34
Men 18-34: 13.5/51
Women 18-49: 8.8/30
Men 18-49: 13.8/44

NBA Trophy Presentation” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 7.7/32
Men 18-34: 12.4/46
Women 18-49: 8.6/29
Men 18-49: 12.7/40

2016 U.S. Open Golf-Final Round” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.5/4
Men 18-34: 1.2/10
Women 18-49: 0.7/4
Men 18-49: 1.6/10

2016 U.S. Open Golf-Post Match” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.7/3
Women 18-49: 0.7/3
Men 18-49: 1.2/4

Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Women 18-34: 2.88
Men 18-34: 3.76
Women 18-49: 3.30
Men 18-49: 4.40

Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Women 18-34: 0.62
Men 18-34: 1.00
Women 18-49: 0.63
Men 18-49: 1.13

Veep” (HBO)
Women 18-34: 0.31
Men 18-34: 0.46
Women 18-49: 0.30
Men 18-49: 0.57

Preacher” (AMC)
Women 18-34: 0.21
Men 18-34: 0.28
Women 18-49: 0.34
Men 18-49: 0.51

Ride with Norman Reedus” (AMC)
Women 18-34: 0.08
Men 18-34: 0.12
Women 18-49: 0.12
Men 18-49: 0.22

Food Network Star 12” (Food Network)
Women 18-34: 0.35
Men 18-34: 0.23
Women 18-49: 0.54
Men 18-49: 0.33

MLB Baseball: Pittsburgh @ Chicago Cubs” (ESPN)
Women 18-34: 0.13
Men 18-34: 0.27
Women 18-49: 0.21
Men 18-49: 0.34

Cable Rankings – Sunday 6/19/16

What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Sunday, June 19:

* Viewers in thousands
Rank Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
114 INTERVENTION AC A&E 8:00 PM 60 536 0.2
78 INTERVENTION A&E 9:00 PM 60 693 0.3
128 WHAT WOULD YOU DO A&E 10:00 PM 63 479 0.2
88 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 604 0.2
63 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 8:30 PM 30 793 0.3
45 CLEVELAND SHOW ADSM 9:00 PM 30 1027 0.4
23 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1274 0.5
5 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:00 PM 60 1795 0.8
104 AMC MOVIE: I AM LEGEND AMC 6:00 PM 120 560 0.2
108 PREACHER AMC 8:00 PM 60 553 0.2
34 PREACHER AMC 9:00 PM 60 1142 0.4
133 RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS AMC 10:00 PM 60 470 0.2
122 NORTH WOODS LAW APL 7:00 PM 60 506 0.1
89 NORTH WOODS LAW: REPACK APL 8:00 PM 61 603 0.1
101 NORTH WOODS LAW APL 9:01 PM 61 573 0.1
103 LONE STAR LAW APL 10:02 PM 61 567 0.1
25 SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 1255 0.4
56 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRAVO 9:00 PM 75 835 0.3
112 SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 10:15 PM 60 549 0.2
141 STILL THE KING CMT 9:00 PM 30 449 0.1
147 STILL THE KING CMT 9:30 PM 30 438 0.1
110 CNN NEWSROOM CNN 7:00 PM 60 551 0.1
140 THE HUNT: STILL RUNNING 2016 CNN 8:00 PM 60 453 0.1
135 DECLASSIFIED CNN 10:00 PM 60 464 0.1
60 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 7:00 PM 60 809 0.2
43 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 8:00 PM 60 1050 0.2
36 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 9:00 PM 60 1135 0.3
67 SHARK WEEK SHARKTACULAR DISC 10:00 PM 62 763 0.3
79 LILO & STITCH MOVIE DISJR 6:00 PM 90 681 0.2
94 LION GUARD DISJR 7:30 PM 25 582 0.1
121 MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND DISJR 8:00 PM 25 508 0.1
150 TSUM TSUM SHORTS DISJR 8:25 PM 5 431 0.1
142 PJ MASKS DISJR 8:30 PM 25 448 0.1
137 BARNWOOD BUILDERS DIY 9:00 PM 60 457 0.1
33 DESCENDANTS DSNY 5:55 PM 125 1194 0.3
16 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 8:00 PM 30 1458 0.3
13 LIV AND MADDIE DSNY 8:30 PM 30 1533 0.3
18 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 9:00 PM 30 1387 0.2
22 WALK THE PRANK DSNY 9:30 PM 30 1318 0.2
28 GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1239 0.2
28 BUNK’D DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1239 0.2
24 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 61 1270 0.6
93 RICHKIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS E! 10:01 PM 59 583 0.3
26 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: PITTSBURGH / CHICAGO CUBS (0.77 HH) ESPN 8:00 PM 213 1241 0.3
134 SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND (0.27 HH) ESPN2 7:00 PM 60 465 0.2
106 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: COASTAL CAROLINA/FLORIDA ESPN2 8:00 PM 186 554 0.1
91 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 7:00 PM 60 596 0.2
44 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 60 1046 0.3
4 FOOD NETWORK STAR 12 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1845 0.4
47 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 1024 0.2
52 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 901 0.2
51 FOX REPORT SUNDAY FOXNC 7:00 PM 60 924 0.1
40 LEGENDS & LIES FOXNC 8:00 PM 60 1072 0.1
74 THE O’REILLY FACTOR SPECIAL FOXNC 9:00 PM 60 710 0.1
80 HANNITY SPECIAL FOXNC 10:00 PM 60 675 0.1
12 SUNDAY MOVIE: FINDING NEMO FRFM 7:00 PM 165 1587 0.6
39 SUNDAY MOVIE: DESPICABLE ME FRFM 9:45 PM 135 1073 0.4
37 FX MOVIE PRIME: IRON MAN 3 FX 5:00 PM 180 1128 0.4
41 FX MOVIE PRIME: THOR: THE DARK WORLD FX 8:00 PM 150 1069 0.4
71 FX MOVIE PRIME: THOR: THE DARK WORLD FX 10:30 PM 150 722 0.3
119 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 7:00 PM 30 515 0.1
92 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 7:30 PM 30 588 0.1
117 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:00 PM 30 526 0.1
105 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 8:30 PM 30 557 0.1
125 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:00 PM 30 495 0.1
120 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 9:30 PM 30 511 0.1
154 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:00 PM 30 420 0.1
135 FAMILY FEUD (HARVEY) GSN 10:30 PM 30 464 0.1
31 HALLMARK MOVIE: A COUNTRY WEDDING HALL 7:00 PM 120 1228 0.2
2 GOOD WITCH HALL 9:00 PM 60 2295 0.3
83 GOLDEN GIRLS HALL 10:00 PM 30 625 0.1
84 GOLDEN GIRLS HALL 10:30 PM 30 619 0.1
64 TED 2 HBO 7:00 PM 115 790 0.4
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO 9:02 PM 59 7660 3.8
10 SILICON VALLEY HBO 10:03 PM 29 1628 0.9
53 VEEP HBO 10:33 PM 30 899 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:04 PM 30 1439 0.6
3 FIXER UPPER HGTV 7:00 PM 60 1961 0.5
9 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1642 0.3
8 LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1721 0.3
11 CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1604 0.3
15 CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1515 0.3
14 ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1522 0.3
17 ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1423 0.3
42 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 7:00 PM 60 1058 0.2
20 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1376 0.3
19 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 60 1380 0.2
32 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 10:00 PM 63 1204 0.2
102 MYSTERY MOVIE HMM 7:00 PM 120 568 0.1
48 HMM ORIGINAL MOVIE: MSB: A DEADLY RECIPE HMM 9:00 PM 120 1007 0.1
55 I AM HOMICIDE ID 7:00 PM 60 856 0.2
66 DATELINE ON ID ID 8:00 PM 60 779 0.2
49 DATELINE ON ID ID 9:00 PM 60 946 0.2
46 DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL ID 10:00 PM 60 1026 0.2
85 BONANZA INSP 7:00 PM 60 616 0.1
145 WALKER,TEXAS RANGER INSP 8:00 PM 60 441 0.0
138 MOVIE: MOTHER SLEEP DANGER (2016) LIF 7:00 PM 120 454 0.2
85 MOVIE: KILLER ASSISTANT LIF 9:00 PM 122 616 0.2
81 MOVIE: A WIFE’S NIGHTMARE LMN 6:00 PM 120 673 0.2
73 MOVIE: A FATHER’S SECRET LMN 8:00 PM 120 714 0.2
100 MOVIE: SUGAR DADDIES LMN 10:00 PM 120 575 0.2
75 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 702 0.2
76 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 697 0.2
127 JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW NAN 10:00 PM 30 485 0.1
151 JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW NAN 10:30 PM 30 429 0.1
108 NBA GAMETIME FINALS RECAP NBAT 10:58 PM 154 553 0.2
123 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 7:00 PM 60 501 0.1
125 LIFE BELOW ZERO NGC 8:00 PM 60 495 0.1
50 OTHER KINGDOM NICK 7:00 PM 30 926 0.2
57 OTHER KINGDOM NICK 7:30 PM 30 831 0.2
61 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:00 PM 30 801 0.2
68 SCHOOL OF ROCK NICK 8:30 PM 30 761 0.1
99 BLAZE NKJR 7:00 PM 30 576 0.1
118 BLAZE NKJR 7:30 PM 30 520 0.1
154 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:00 PM 30 420 0.1
96 BUBBLE GUPPIES NKJR 9:30 PM 30 579 0.1
106 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 10:00 PM 23 554 0.1
146 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 10:23 PM 24 439 0.1
142 PENNY DREADFUL S3 SHO 9:05 PM 42 448 0.1
110 PENNY DREADFUL S3 SHO 10:01 PM 54 551 0.1
90 SYFY MOVIE: THE MUMMY RETURNS SYFY 6:00 PM 180 602 0.2
58 SYFY MOVIE: INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL SYFY 9:00 PM 180 817 0.3
65 THE LEGO MOVIE TBS 5:45 PM 135 786 0.3
62 TBS PRIME MOVIE: SHREK 2 TBS 8:00 PM 120 794 0.3
59 TBS PRIME MOVIE: THE PACIFIER TBS 10:00 PM 120 810 0.3
138 SISTER WIVES TLC 7:00 PM 60 454 0.1
21 SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 61 1328 0.4
54 SINGLE DAD SEEKING… TLC 9:01 PM 123 865 0.2
38 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME TNT 6:30 PM 150 1082 0.4
6 THE LAST SHIP TNT 9:00 PM 60 1785 0.4
7 THE LAST SHIP TNT 10:00 PM 60 1780 0.4
70 NINJAGO (SERIES) TOON 7:00 PM 30 733 0.2
72 AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL TOON 7:30 PM 30 717 0.2
129 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:00 PM 30 477 0.1
95 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 8:30 PM 30 580 0.1
82 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:00 PM 30 664 0.1
77 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND TVL 9:30 PM 30 694 0.1
130 JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW TVL 10:00 PM 30 471 0.1
JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW TVL 10:30 PM 30 343 0.1
30 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 60 1230 0.4
27 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1240 0.3
35 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1137 0.3
69 MOTIVE USA 10:00 PM 61 737 0.2
130 CSI MIAMI WETV 7:00 PM 60 471 0.1
124 CSI MIAMI WETV 8:00 PM 60 500 0.1
116 CSI MIAMI WETV 9:00 PM 60 529 0.1
97 CSI MIAMI WETV 10:00 PM 60 578 0.1
113 BLUE BLOODS WGNA 7:00 PM 60 548 0.1
97 BLUE BLOODS WGNA 8:00 PM 60 578 0.1
87 BLUE BLOODS WGNA 9:00 PM 60 605 0.1

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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  1. NBA Finals half-hour breakdowns?! Thanks Douglas!

    By the way, I LOVE the affiliate/coverage information. Truly hope they are here to stay. I have never looked so forward to the NFL preseason. 🙂