June 20, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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Another great night of ratings for ABC from the NBA Finals, but the network certainly was disappointed in the result of last night’s Game 4.  Miami won again at home, taking a 3-1 lead in the series and giving the heat a shot at ending the series Thursday in Game 5.  Visions of a very highly-rated Game 7 are quickly evaporating.  

ABC averaged a 4.9 Adult 18-49 rating in prime time in the preliminary fast nationals, including a very good 6.0 preliminary rating for the game itself.  Previous games in this series have generally earned a mid-5 fast national rating which turned into around a 7 rating in the official nationals.  Last night’s Game 4 could be looking at around a 7.5 rating in the official nationals later today.

FOX is the only other network that mounted a serious challenge last night, averaging a 2.1 rating from 8-10 pm with Hell’s Kitchen (2.2) and MasterChef (2.0).  Both Gordon Ramsay cooking reality shows were in line with their previous Tuesday outings this year.  Hell’s Kitchen three-week Tuesday track: 2.1– 2.2– 2.2.  MasterChef Tuesday track: 2.2– 2.1– 2.0.

NBC averaged a 1.5 rating from 8-11 pm with two repeats of America’s Got Talent (1.5 at 8 pm and 1.8 at 9 pm) and an original Love in the Wild (a season low 1.3 at 10 pm).  Love premiered premiered June 5 with a 1.6 and turned in a 1.5 last week.

CBS finished in fourth place with a 1.2 rating for the night that included repeats of NCIS (1.3) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2), as well as 48 Hours Mystery (1.1).

About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.