TV ratings: Lakers, ABC win Thursday

nba-finals-game-1-320.jpgFast National ratings for Thursday, June 3, 2010

The NBA Finals got off to a decent start in the Nielsens Thursday, with the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Boston Celtics improving a little in viewers over Game 1 of last year's Finals.

ABC drew 10.2 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/11 share in households for the night; those numbers will change some with adjustments for the live NBA telecast. FOX (8.5 million, 5.2/9) came in second, followed by CBS (7.1 million, 4.7/8). NBC's 2.7 million viewers and 1.8/3 was good enough for fourth. The CW scored 1.35 million viewers and a 0.9/2 as encores of the three-year-old series "Moonlight" did OK, at least by the standards of reruns on The CW.

ABC also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.9 rating, even with the first game last year. FOX, 3.2, came in second. There was a sizable drop from there to third-place CBS, 1.5. NBC averaged 1.2 in the demographic and The CW 0.5.

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" (7.6 million viewers, 4.7/9 households)/NBA pre-game (8.8 million, 5.3/9)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.8 million, 4.9/9)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (4.1 million, 2.8/5)/"Rules of Engagement" rerun (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Community" rerun (3.1 million, 2.0/4)/"100 Questions" (2.2 million, 1.5/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/2)

18-49 leader: NBA pre-game (3.2)

9 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 1 - Boston at L.A. Lakers (11 million, 6.9/12)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (9.2 million, 5.5/9)
CBS: "CSI" rerun (7.5 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (2.8 million, 1.9/3)/"30 Rock" rerun (2.8 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Moonlight" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals (4.3)

10 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 1 (11.3 million, 7.1/12)
CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (9.3 million, 6.1/11)
NBC: "The Office" rerun (2.95 million, 2.0/3)/"Parks and Recreation" rerun (2.55 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals (4.6)

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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