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NBA Helps ABC Land Atop Week's Nielsen Race
In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland. Golden State won 108-97. The game, which aired on ABC, was the top viewed program for the week of June 6-12, watched by 16.57 million. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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Basketball and “The Bachelorette” helped propel ABC to a ratings win last week, while the Tony awards, “60 Minutes” and scripted reruns kept runner-up CBS represented in the Top 10 Programs roster.

Games 4 and 3 of the NBA Finals clash between Cleveland and Golden State ranked first and second for the week, according to the Nielsen Co.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was third, followed by a “Hamilton”-revived Tonycast and “60 Minutes.” Two editions of “The Bachelorette” ranked seventh and ninth.

ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 6.6 million viewers, while CBS averaged 5.4 million viewers. Third-place NBC had 5.1 million, while Spanish-language Univision had 2.2 million, beating Fox’s 2.1 million. Reruns-sporting ION Television (with 1.5 million) and Spanish-language Telemundo (1.4 million) trounced the CW’s 860,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.13 million viewers in prime time. HGTV had 1.54 million, and USA had 1.35 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million. But it was a disrupted week of numbers-gathering due to basketball and hockey sportscasts. The newscasts of NBC and ABC were each measured only three of five days - with a different combination of those days for each network.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 6-12. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 4, ABC, 16.57 million.

2. NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 3, ABC, 16.47 million.

3. “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 10.79 million.

4. Tony Awards, CBS, 8.72 million.

5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.86 million.

6. “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 7.60 million.

7. “The Bachelorette” (Monday), ABC, 6.90 million.

8. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.79 million.

9. “The Bachelorette” (Tuesday), ABC, 6.77 million.

10. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.61 million.

11. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 6.51 million.

12. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 6.36 million.

13. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 5.80 million.

14. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.62 million.

15. “Dateline,” NBC, 5.58 million.

16. “The Bobby Brown Story,” ABC, 5.52 million.

17. NHL Stanley Cup Final #6: Pittsburgh vs. San Jose, NBC, 5.41 million.

18. Copa America 2016: Mexico vs. Jamaica, Univision, 5.101 million.

19. “20/20” (Sunday), ABC, 5.099 million.

20. “NBA Countdown” (Wednesday), ABC, 5.03 million.