ABC jumped and waltzed its way to another weekly win among adults 18-49 on the strength of its coverage of the NBA Finals and its summer reality series "Dancing With the Stars."
Meanwhile, CBS was again the most-watched network for the week ended June 19, according to Nielsen Media Research data.
ABC claimed the top spots in the weekly program rankings with the nail-biting fifth game of the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs (13.1 million viewers, 5.5 rating/16 share), which ranked No. 1 among adults 18-49, and "Dancing With the Stars" (15.7 million, 4.8/14), which finished first in total viewers.
With three NBA games and "Dancing With the Stars," ABC had the top four programs of the week among adults 18-49 for a second straight week.
Through five games, the NBA Finals (average of 11.2 million viewers, 4.7/14 in 18-49) are down from last year's five-game series between the Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers (17.9 million, 7.9/23) but up from the first five games of the Spurs-New Jersey Nets series in 2003 (9.5 million, 3.9/13), which went to six games.
ABC's reality series "The Scholar" (4.3 million, 1.5/5) didn't improve its grades in its second airing, falling 12% among adults 18-49 from its underwhelming premiere.