Ratings: NBA finals on ABC, 'SVU' finale take the week

The NBA’s finals are upon us, as evidenced by the top-rated shows of the week ending June 7. The No. 1 and No. 2 spots were taken by the first two games of the L.A. Lakers-Orlando Magic showdown, which snagged 14.1 million and 13.0 million viewers on Sunday and Thursday nights, respectively.

Interestingly enough, the top scripted show of the week went to none other than NBC. (Haven’t been able to say that for a long while!) The Peacock’s season finale of Law & Order: SVU rolled in at No. 3 with 11.6 million viewers. In fact, the SVU season-ender killed in general: It trounced its predecessor, Law & Order (No. 9, 8.9 million viewers), as well as its previous year’s finales — the 2007 finale grabbed 10.3 million while the 2008 finale snagged 11.5 million viewers. Guess it pays to push a series finale out of broadcast’s traditional finale week once in a while? Well, at least it did for NBC, in this case.

Other notable entries in the Top 20 included NBC News’ two-part special Inside the White House, which popped up on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The specials garnered 9.2 and 9.0 million viewers, respectively, and showed up at No. 7 and No. 8. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance turned up twice, as usual: first, the Wednesday edition, at No. 9 with 8.9 million viewers; and then a bit further down, the Thursday episode, at No. 17, with 8.2 million viewers. Besides ABC’s No. 15 Wipeout (8.4 million viewers), the rest of the Top 20 is full of summer’s hallmark: repeats. All from CBS, of course. The full Top 20 — with total viewership numbers — is after the jump.

1. NBA Finals: Game 2 | ABC | 14.1 million
2. NBA Finals: Game 1 | ABC | 13.0 million
3. Law & Order: SVU | NBC | 11.6 million
4. NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.3 million
5. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 10.9 million
6. Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 10.1 million
7. NBC News: Inside the Obama White House, Part 1 | NBC | 9.2 million
8. NBC News: Inside the Obama White House, Part 2 | NBC | 9.0 million
9. 60 Minutes (R) | CBS | 8.9 million
    Law & Order | NBC | 8.9 million
    So You Think You Can Dance | Fox | 8.9 million
12. Criminal Minds (R) | CBS | 8.6 million
13. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 8.5 million
      CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 8.5 million
15. Wipeout | ABC | 8.4 million
16. Rules of Engagement (R) | CBS | 8.3 million
17. So You Think You Can Dance | Fox | 8.2 million
18. CSI (R) | CBS | 7.9 million
19. CSI: NY (R) | CBS | 7.8 million
20. 48 Hours Mystery (R) | CBS | 7.7 million

1. NBA Finals: Game 2 | ABC | 14.1 million
2. NBA Finals: Game 1 | ABC | 13.0 million
3. Law & Order: SVU | NBC | 11.6 million
4. NCIS (R) | CBS | 11.3 million
5. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 10.9 million
6. Two and a Half Men (R) | CBS | 10.1 million
7. NBC News: Inside the Obama White House, Part 1 | NBC | 9.2 million
8. NBC News: Inside the Obama White House, Part 2 | NBC | 9.0 million
9. 60 Minutes (R) | CBS | 8.9 million
    Law & Order | NBC | 8.9 million
    So You Think You Can Dance | Fox | 8.9 million
12. Criminal Minds (R) | CBS | 8.6 million
13. The Mentalist (R) | CBS | 8.5 million
      CSI: Miami (R) | CBS | 8.5 million
15. Wipeout | ABC | 8.4 million
16. Rules of Engagement (R) | CBS | 8.3 million
17. So You Think You Can Dance | Fox | 8.2 million
18. CSI (R) | CBS | 7.9 million
19. CSI: NY (R) | CBS | 7.8 million
20. 48 Hours Mystery (R) | CBS | 7.7 million

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  • Jason Stone

    NBA is starting!!! whooooot Im in the money again!!

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