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Ratings: ABC Dunks on Wednesday Competition as Bucks Tie Up NBA Finals
Fox came in a very distant No. 2 with “Crime Scene Kitchen” and “MasterChef”
ABC blew past the other broadcast networks on Wednesday with the Milwaukee Bucks’ 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns — a Game 4 victory that tied up the ongoing NBA Finals — according to early ratings.
Fox was (a very far behind) runner-up in the key adults 18-49 demo with new episodes of cooking competitions “Crime Scene Kitchen” and “MasterChef.”
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Due to the nature of live sports, the below Nielsen numbers for ABC should be considered subject to significant adjustment following the time of publication.
ABC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen figures were put up by Game 4 of the Bucks-Suns NBA Finals, along with a special “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and NBA Countdown pre-show that aired back to back in the 8 o’clock hour ahead of the primetime game.
The Bucks’ win over the Suns on Wednesday tied up the 2021 NBA Finals with two wins for each team and no ultimate victor declared yet. Game 5 is set for Saturday.
Fox was second in ratings with a 0.5 and fourth in viewers with 2.157 million. At 8 p.m., “MasterChef” received a 0.6 and 2.5 million viewers. “Crime Scene Kitchen” at 9 pulled a 0.4 and 1.8 million viewers.
CBS was third in ratings with a 0.4 and third in viewers with 2.187 million. At 8, “Big Brother” earned a 0.8 and 3.5 million viewers. A new episode of Season 3 of “Love Island” at 9 settled for a 0.3 and 1.7 million viewers. A drama encore followed.
NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.3 and second in viewers with 2.4 million. The broadcast network aired only repeats.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1 and in viewers with 594,000. At 8, “Kung Fu” had a 0.1 and 776,000 viewers. “In the Dark” at 9 ended the night with a 0.1 and 412,000 viewers.
We do not have early Nielsen numbers for Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.