TV ratings: 'Glee' finale solid, but NBA Finals win Tuesday

glee-finale-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The finale of "Glee" posted the show's best ratings ever without an "American Idol" lead-in, but Game 3 of the NBA Finals still gave ABC an overall win Tuesday night.

ABC averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/11 share in households for the night -- numbers that will probably rise some when the live NBA telecast is figured in. CBS (9.2 million, 6.2/10) finished second overall. FOX (8.9 million, 5.1/8), came in just ahead NBC (8.8 million, 5.2/9) for third. The CW was, per usual, a non-factor with 660,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

ABC led among adults 18-49 as well, its 4.3 rating beating FOX's 3.9. NBC, 2.6, took third in the demographic, followed by CBS at 1.6. The CW mustered only a 0.3.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" rerun (11.1 million viewers, 7.3/13 households)
ABC: "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" (8.1 million, 4.9/9)/NBA pre-game (9 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "America's Got Talent" rerun (7.6 million, 4.6/8)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (6.9 million, 4.0/7)
The CW: "90210" rerun (760,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: NBA pre-game (3.5)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"America's Got Talent" (13 million, 7.3/12)
FOX: "Glee" season finale (10.92 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: NBA Finals Game 3 - L.A. Lakers at Boston (10.9 million, 6.8/11)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" rerun (9.5 million, 6.2/10)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" rerun (560,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Glee" and the NBA Finals tied at 4.6

10 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 3 (12.15 million, 7.4/13)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (7 million, 4.9/8)
NBC: "Losing It with Jillian" (5.9 million, 3.7/6)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals (5.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Photo credit: FOX


For the record: An earlier version of this post had incorrect show titles for NBC at 8 and 10 p.m. They have been corrected.