TV ratings: NBA Finals peaks with Spurs' victory, 'Believe' bows out quietly Sunday

nba-finals-14-game-5-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, June 15, 2014

Game 5 of the NBA Finals brought an end to the series and another ratings boon to ABC, as the San Antonio Spurs' decisive victory brought the highest ratings of the Finals.

Only a smattering of other shows aired original episodes Sunday night opposite the NBA. "Believe" ended its run on NBC on a low note, tying its smallest 18-49 rating of the season, while "Crisis" was also down. FOX's "Enlisted," however, was up slightly in viewers and even with last week in adults 18-49.

ABC averaged 13.4 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/14 share in households in primetime, pending updates for its live broadcast. That was better than the combined total of the other three networks. CBS (4.3 million, 2.9/5) came in second, followed by NBC (3.4 million, 2.2/4) -- which also had live sports early in the evening -- and FOX (1.8 million, 1.1/2).

ABC was similarly dominant among adults 18-49 with a 5.1 rating. None of the other three even made it above 1.0: FOX and NBC each scored a 0.8, and CBS drew a 0.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS:
"60 Minutes" (7.3 million viewers, 4.8/10 households)
ABC: "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" (6.5 million, 3.6/7)/"NBA Countdown" (7.1 million, 4.0/8)
NBC: U.S. Open runover (4.8 million, 3.0/6)
FOX: "Enlisted" (1.2 million, 0.8/2)/"American Dad" rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/2)

18-49 leader: "NBA Countdown" (2.5)

8 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 5 - Spurs/Heat (13.1 million, 7.7/14)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (3.15 million, 2.2/4)
NBC: "American Ninja Warrior" rerun (2.6 million, 1.6/3)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (2 million, 1.2/2)/"Family Guy" rerun (2.1 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals (4.9)

9 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 5 (15.9 million, 9.3/16)
CBS: "The Good Wife" rerun (3.15 million, 2.2/4)
NBC: "Believe" series finale (3.1 million, 2.0/3)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (2.4 million, 1.5/3)/"American Dad" rerun (2 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals (6.1)

10 p.m.

ABC:
NBA Finals Game 5/NBA post-game (17.9 million, 10.5/18)
CBS: "The Mentalist" rerun (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
NBC: "Crisis" (3.2 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: NBA Finals/NBA post-game (7.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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