The contest is tight and the ratings are high for the NBA Finals, which once again dominated primetime for ABC last night. Game 4 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, in which the Celtics tied the series, delivered an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest of the series so far and a 6% increase from last year’s Game 4 between the Lakers and Orlando Magic. For a fourth consecutive game in the NBA Finals this year, last night’s game received the highest overnight rating since 2004 (Lakers/Detroit). The NBA game is expected to win last night by a landslide when reliable total viewers and adults 18-49 ratings for it are released. Its only serious original competition was Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2.5/7, 6.6 million) at 9 PM, which aired a special non-competition episode introducing the 11 finalists. Its demo rating was down as expected from last week by 22% but should rebound next week. The special was in line with the show’s Meet the Top 20 special in the fall (2.6/7).
The only other original program of the night was NBC’ burnoff comedy 100 Questions (0.8/3) at 8:30 PM, which was down 11% from last week and currently ties ABC’s Happy Town as the lowest-rated telecasts (original or repeat) on the Big 4 networks this week.
The CW’s stint of airing reruns of cult favorite Moonlight after repeats of Vampire Diaries on Thursday didn’t have a whole lot of bite last night but did OK by summer CW standards. Moonlight drew a 0.4/1, falling slightly from its Diaries’ lead-in (0.5/2).