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NBA Finals Yield Week's Nielsen Champ: ABC
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward David West during the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. (Kyle Terada/Pool Photo via AP)
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On a rerun-riddled schedule last week, viewers flocked to the limited ration of fresh fare, according to Nielsen.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals was by far the week's big attraction, drawing more than 24 million viewers to ABC to land the week's top spot.

NBC grabbed the next three slots with its participation-variety shows "America's Got Talent," ''World of Dance" and "Little Big Shots."

ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" placed seventh, and the season premiere of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" was 12th-ranked, just ahead of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" on ABC.

Mostly, the lineup was a sea of reruns, including even CBS' "60 Minutes," which ranked 11th. But with an audience of 5.4 million, it was far ahead of NBC's rival newsmagazine, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly," which, despite a much-hyped new segment with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, finished a disappointing 38th place with a viewership of 3.6 million.

Overall, ABC remained dominant in prime time for its third week, averaging 5.34 million viewers, while NBC was second with 4.53 million. CBS had 4.15 million viewers, Fox had 2.60 million, Univision had 1.42 million, ION Television had 1.27 million, Telemundo had 940,000 and the CW had 780,000.

Fox News Channel remained the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.29 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.88 million, TBS had 1.51 million and HGTV had 1.48 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" was the front-runner among evening newscasts with an average of 7.65 million viewers, but NBC's "Nightly News" was close behind with 7.58 million. The "CBS Evening News" had 5.96 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 12-18. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

1. NBA Finals: Cleveland at Golden State, Game 5, ABC, 24.53 million.
2. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.70 million.
3. "World of Dance," NBC, 8.04 million.
4. "Little Big Shots," NBC 7.29 million.
5. NBA Countdown - Game 5, ABC, 6.81 million.
6. "NCIS," CBS, 6.75 million.
7. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Sunday), ABC, 6.25 million.
8.  "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.14 million.
9. "Bull," CBS, 5.64 million.
10. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.62 million.
11. "60 Minutes," CBS, 5.42 million.
12. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.35 million
13. "Steve Harvey's Funderdome," ABC, 5.12 million.
14. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Thursday), ABC, 4.91 million.
15. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 4.87 million.
16. "Jimmy Kimmel Live - Game Night 5," ABC, 4.71 million.
17. "Superior Donuts" (Thursday), ABC, 4.70 million.
18. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 4.58 million.
19. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 4.57 million.
20. "Mom," CBS, 4.51 million.

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