NBA Playoffs Dominate Week's Cable
The Monday, Wednesday and Friday games between the two teams earned ratings of 4.5, 4.2 and 4.1 when they aired on TNT. More than 4 million households and 6.5 million people watched the games. The top sports program was the first game of the playoffs, which aired on ABC, and delivered a 5.7/15 with 8.2 million people watching the Sunday afternoon game.
The top pay cable program was HBO's Six Feet Under, which delivered a 3.2 rating with 5 million people tuning in. A 9 p.m. Tuesday telecast of Spider-Man, also on HBO, was the second-highest-rated pay-cable program with a rating of 1.9 and 2.8 million people tuning in.
In syndication, the top programs were Wheel of Fortune (8.8 rating, 9.4 million households); Jeopardy (7 rating, 7.4 million households); Seinfeld (6.6, 7 million households); Friends (6.4 rating, 6.8 million households); and Oprah Winfrey Show (6 rating, 6.4 million households).
The top 10 basic-cable programs according to Nielsen Media Research:
- NBA Lakers-Spurs Playoff Monday (TNT), 4.5, 6.5 million people.
- NBA Lakers-Spurs Playoffs Wednesday (TNT), 4.2, 6.1 million people.
- NBA Lakers-Spurs Playoffs Friday (TNT), 4.1, 6 million people.
- WWE Entertainment/WWE Raw Zone (TNN), 2.9, 4.6 million people.
- NBA Kings-Mavericks (ESPN), 2.9, 4 million people.
- Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon), 2.8, 4.1 million people.
- Spongebob (Nickelodeon), 2.8, 4.1 million people.
- NBA Kings-Mavericks Playoff, 2.8, 3.6 million people.
- NBA Kings-Maverick Playoff, 2.7, 3.5 million people.
- Spongebob (Nickelodeon), 2.7, 3.5 million people.