Game 6 between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs averaged 20.6 million viewers, the biggest audience yet for the series. The Heat staged a remarkable overtime victory to even the series. The audience peaked at 28.7 million from midnight to 12:15 a.m.
Game 7 starts at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC. No matter who wins, the Disney-owned network is a huge victor. The 20.6 million viewers were the fourth largest audience for any NBA game in ABC's history."The Voice" on NBC averaged 15.6 million viewers. They saw Danielle Bradbery, a 16-year-old country singer from Cypress, Texas, named the winner. She was mentored by Blake Shelton. NBC opened the night with "America's Got Talent," which drew 11.8 million viewers.
The updated prime-time averages: NBC with 14.3 million viewers, ABC with 12.9 million, CBS with 6.5 million for repeats, Fox with 3.9 million for "So You Think You Can Dance" and The CW with 630,000 for repeats. But ABC easily beat NBC in the 18-to-49 age group.
Before the game on ABC, the pre-game drew 5.4 million, and Jimmy Kimmel's prime-time special amused 3.6 million. CBS' strongest rerun was "NCIS" with 8.1 million viewers, followed by "NCIS: Los Angeles" with 6 million.
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" drew 81,800 viewers. The dance contest revealed its Top 20, and Orlando Ballet performer Sebastian Serra was not among them.
ABC's pre-game show ranked No. 7 with 64,500 viewers.
The top five programs in the 18-to-49 age group were the NBA Finals, "The Voice," "America's Got Talent," the pre-game show and "So You Think You Can Dance."