UPDATED: It was great news all around for ABC last night. First, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs staged an overtime thriller that scored a 14.7 overnight rating, up 29% from Game 5, the second-highest-rated NBA Finals Game 6 ever on ABC behind the 2011 Heat-Mavericks decider and the fourth-highest-rated game ever on the network. Secondly, Miami prevailed, forcing a Game 7.
The Heat-Spurs heroics likely affected the finale of NBC’s The Voice, which faced the big game in some parts of the country — the first time the singing competition has gone against a major sporting event for its finale. Still, The Voice from 9-11 PM managed a 4.3/12 in adults 18-49, even with the fast national for its previous spring cycle which concluded in early May last year. (It currently runs 0.1 behind last May’s national but will likely be adjusted up later today too.) Compared with the most recent fall cycle, The Voice finale was down 12%. In total viewers, with 15.3 million tuning in, this was the most-watched Voice finale ever. At 8 PM, America’s Got Talent (2.9/9) was down by a tenth from last week.