B-ball, 'The Bachelorette' help ABC to week's rating win

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Basketball and “The Bachelorette” helped propel ABC to a ratings win last week, while the Tony awards, “60 Minutes” and scripted reruns kept runner-up CBS represented in the Top 10 Programs roster.

Games 4 and 3 of the NBA Finals clash between Cleveland and Golden State ranked first and second for the week, according to the Nielsen Co.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was third, followed by a “Hamilton”-revived Tonycast and “60 Minutes.” Two editions of “The Bachelorette” ranked seventh and ninth.

ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 6.6 million viewers, while CBS averaged 5.4 million viewers. Third-place NBC had 5.1 million, while Spanish-language Univision had 2.2 million, beating Fox’s 2.1 million. Reruns-sporting ION Television (with 1.5 million) and Spanish-language Telemundo (1.4 million) trounced the CW’s 860,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.13 million viewers in prime time. HGTV had 1.54 million, and USA had 1.35 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million. But it was a disrupted week of numbers-gathering due to basketball and hockey sportscasts. The newscasts of NBC and ABC were each measured only three of five days — with a different combination of those days for each network.

For the week of June 6-12, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 4, ABC, 16.57 million; NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 3, ABC, 16.47 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 10.79 million; Tony Awards, CBS, 8.72 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.86 million; “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 7.60 million; “The Bachelorette” (Monday), ABC, 6.90 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 6.79 million; “The Bachelorette” (Tuesday), ABC, 6.77 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.61 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.