UPDATED: The Miami Heat weren't the only winners in the NBA Finals Thursday night. ABC cleaned up, too, by airing Game 7.

The game averaged 26.3 million viewers, according to updated ratings released Friday afternoon. The game was television's top telecast since ABC broadcast the Oscars in February.

The Heat beat San Antonio to repeat as NBA champs, and Game 7 was the second most-watched NBA game ever on ABC. The biggest was the Boston-Los Angeles Game 7 in 2010.

ABC averaged 17.4 million in prime time, but the game finished at 11:52.  ABC was way ahead of other broadcast networks: CBS with 5.9 million, Fox with 3.7 million, NBC with 1.7 million and The CW with 730,000. ABC won the 18-to-49 age group by a wide margin.

ABC's pre-game drew 6.6 million viewers. The most-watched show on another network was "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS with 7.7 million fans.

In Orlando, the game averaged 462,900 viewers. For this TV market, it was the most-watched final game in an NBA Finals series since 2009, when 555,100 viewers saw the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic.

The pre-game show on ABC was second for the night with 147,400 total viewers.

Rounding out the top five in total viewers were CBS' repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" with 110,400, Jimmy Kimmel's pre-game special on ABC with 89,000 and "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox with 81,800.

In the 18-to-49 age group, Game 7 was tops by a wide margin. The other top programs in the age group were ABC's pre-game show, "Hell's Kitchen," Kimmel's special and the 9:30 p.m. episode of "Pawn Stars" on History.