Ratings Watch: Largest Audiences Ever for NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Faceoff
Viewers have championship mania. Both the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup finals are breaking records, as audiences flock to two thrilling series.
After two games, the Cleveland/Golden State matchup was already the strongest start ever for an NBA Finals on ABC, up 23% in viewers and 20% with adults 18-49 vs. last year. Both Games 1 and 2 led this week's top viewership ranker.
But hockey's seeing a bump in popularity as well. Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final, between Chicago and Tampa Bay, attracted 6.6 million viewers. That made it the hockey final's most-watched Game 2 (since at least 1994) and the most-watched non-deciding Stanley Cup Final game on record.
The 69th annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway's best, made the top 25. But the show, hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, attracted 6.7 million viewers, which was down vs. last year, when 7.4 million tuned in. Big winners of the night were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won for best play, and best musical winner Fun Home. Both won five Tony Awards.
Meanwhile, audiences are giving new summer dramas a try–but on their own timetable. The program with the largest number of viewers tuning in via DVR/video-on-demand was Fox's Wayward Pines, which added 2.6 million more viewers after three days of time-shifted use–a 62% jump from 4.2 million to 6.8 million. Also, ABC's new The Whispers is off to a strong start, adding 2.3 million more viewers to the mix, from 5.7 million to 8 million, after three days of time shifting.
Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) for the week ending June 7.
SHOW & NETWORK
NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 2 ABC
NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 1 ABC
America's Got Talent (Tuesday) NBC
Game of Thrones HBO
60 Minutes CBS
NCIS: New Orleans CBS
The Whispers ABC
The Big Bang Theory CBS
The Bachelorette ABC
American Ninja Warrior NBC
Dateline NBC (Thursday) NBC
20/20 (Friday) ABC
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
Wayward Pines Fox
69th Tony Awards CBS
Criminal Minds CBS
48 Hours (Tuesday) CBS
NHL Stanley Cup Final: Chicago vs. Tampa Bay, Game 2 NBC
Blue Bloods CBS
Mike & Molly CBS
CSI: Cyber CBS
|Total viewers; in millions|