This year’s NBA Finals are starting to feel like a rerun. The same two teams are following the same win pattern last year — the San Antonio Spurs took Game 1, followed by a Miami Heat victory in Game 2 — to the same ratings results. Last night’s second game drew a 10.2 overnight rating in the metered markets households from 8-11 PM, matching last year’s Game 2 overnight rating. Like last year, Game 2 faced the Tony Awards on CBS.
There was a also an element of deja vu at the Tonys, with last year’s host Neil Patrick Harris returning as a performer and a Tony winner for Hedwig And The Angry Inch. With fellow frequent Tony host Hugh Jackman succeeding Harris as emcee, the Tonys posted a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.0 million total viewers from 8-11 PM in the fast nationals. That was even with last year’s 18-49 result and down a fraction from 2o13’s viewership (7.24 million in the fast nationals, 7.3 million in the finals).
NBC’s Miss USA telecast (1.4, 5.5 million ), also from 8-11 PM, was up a tenth from last year in 18-49 and 21% in total viewers. On Fox, a burn-off original of cancelled comedy Enlisted (0.4) at 7 PM was even with last week. At 9 PM, Cosmos (1.1) was down 15% from last week with a repeat lead-in. Back to ABC, the network opened the night with Jimmy Kimmel Game Night (2.2), up 16% from last year’s fast national. ABC is expected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.