This year's Game 1 was up 5 percent in total viewers from last year. The game highlights included the Heat's LeBron James leaving with cramps, the air conditioning in San Antonio going on the fritz and the Spurs pulling away to a 110-95 victory.
In Orlando, Thursday's game averaged 249,321 viewers, best of the night and an impressive number. Last week, the biggest show was the season premiere of "America's Got Talent" on NBC with 196,745 viewers.
In national ratings, the night's top reruns were on CBS: "The Big Bang Theory" with 8.8 million viewers, followed by "Mom" with 6.1 million and "Two and a Half Men" with 5.3 million. The new fare included "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox with 4.8 million and "Last Comic Standing" on NBC with 4.3 million.
Also on ABC, the pregame show drew 5.5 million, and Jimmy Kimmel's pregame special amused 3.9 million.
The national prime-time averages: ABC with 11 million, CBS with 5.7 million, NBC with 3.8 million and Fox with 3.8 million apiece and The CW with 660,000.
In Orlando, the No. 2 show Thursday was "Hell's Kitchen" with 109,510 viewers. Rounding out the top five in total viewers were "The Big Bang Theory" with 105,361, "Two and a Half Men" with 82,425 and "Last Comic Standing" with 74,393.
In the local 18-to-49 age group, the game was the dominant No. 1. Rounding out that top five were "Hell's Kitchen," the pregame show, "Two and a Half Men" and the Kimmel pregame special.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals starts at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
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