Thursday Ratings: NBA Finals Game 1 Audience Up Sharply From Last Year

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In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s broadcast of the NBA Finals Game 1 between the Celtics and Warriors averaged 8.1 million total viewers on Thursday night, up 27 percent from the preliminary numbers for last season’s opening “tip-off.”

Surprise: Hoops thus dominated the first Thursday of broadcast-TV’s off-season.

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Over on The CW, Walker (880K/0.1) grew 31 percent in audience versus its last fresh outing, while the terminal Legacies (410K/0.1, read recap) ticked up nine percent.

Fox’s double helping of MasterChef Junior was steady, delivering 2.1 mil/0.3 followed by 1.9 mil/0.3. (How hilarious was Ivy dreading being teamed with microwave aficionado The Miz?)

Over on CBS, a Jubilee-themed special about the Queen drew 3 mil and a 0.2.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Steve Harvey is not a judge or lawyer and merely offers an alternative forum of dispute resolution.

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