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TV Ratings: Spurs’ NBA Finals clincher dominates Sunday night

Fast National ratings for Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Sorry, ABC. That's it for your NBA Finals summer ratings infusion.

The San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Miami Heat in only five games, with Sunday's series clincher doing the best numbers for this NBA Finals, dominating primetime in all measures and denying ABC what certainly would have been even bigger ratings for Game 6 and Game 7.

Sunday offered few other network notables — “Game of Thrones” finale numbers will be available later — with the “Believe” finale and “Crisis” whimpering weakly for NBC, but still far outperforming FOX's steady-but-tiny returns for “Enlisted.” 

On to the results…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 5.1 rating for Sunday night, more than doubling the combined total for the other three networks in the key demographic. NBC and FOX both averaged 0.8 key demo ratings, while CBS did a 0.5 key demo rating.

Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 13.41 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/14 share for Sunday primetime. CBS was a distant second with 4.31 million viewers and a 2.9/5, topping NBC's 3.44 million viewers and 2.2/4. FOX averaged a 1.1/2 and 1.82 million viewers for the night.

7 p.m. – CBS started primetime in first overall with 7.29 million viewers for “60 Minutes,” which finished third with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's NBA Finals pregame coverage averaged 6.81 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's US Open overrun and “American Ninja Warrior” encore averaged 4.8 million viewers for third and a 1.0 key demo rating for second. FOX trailed with a new “Enlisted” (1.19 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating) and an “American Dad” repeat (1.31 million and a 0.6 key demo).

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