Assisted by basketball, ABC wins ratings week
NEW YORK (AP) -- Basketball and talent shows commanded TV viewers' attention last week.
Three nights of NBA finals with Miami facing San Antonio were the top programs in prime time. They helped ABC, the network that aired them, to win the week overall, according to the Nielsen Co.
Sunday's game was the week's most-watched show, seen by 16.3 million viewers; Thursday's game drew 16.2 million and Tuesday's clash was seen by 14 million viewers.
NBC's Monday edition of "The Voice" was right behind in fourth place, with the Tuesday edition of the singing competition claiming sixth place for the week. Tucked in between was "America's Got Talent" on NBC.
For the week, front-runner ABC averaged 7.5 million viewers. NBC was second with 6.1 million, followed by CBS with 5.1 million, while Univision had 3.2 million, Fox had 3.1 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 750,000.
USA was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.7 million viewers in prime time. Disney Channel had 2.5 million, History had 2.1 million and Fox News Channel had 1.7 million.
NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. ABC's "World News" was second with 6.8 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.8 million viewers.
For the week of June 10-16, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Sunday), ABC, 16.27 million; NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Thursday), ABC, 16.23 million; NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Tuesday), ABC, 14.05 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.85 million; "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.52 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.66 million; "NCIS," CBS, 8.67 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 8.62 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 7.43 million; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 7.14 million.
ABC and Disney Channel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is owned by CBS Corp.; CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp.; Fox and Fox News Channel are units of News Corp.; NBC, Telemundo and USA are owned by Comcast Corp.; ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks; History is owned by the A&E Television Networks.