By Hal Boedeker
10:30 AM EDT, June 8, 2013
Tony Parker's amazing final shot in Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals was witnessed by many viewers.
The game on ABC averaged 14.2 million viewers, easily the biggest audience of the night. Parker's San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat. Game 2 will be be at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
Game 1 easily topped the Thursday ratings for Central Florida with 269,900 viewers. The distant No. 2 was a repeat of "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS with 128,100 viewers. No. 3 was "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox with 100,800 viewers.
Next in the rankings were three CBS repeats: "Elementary" with 97,300 viewers, "Two and a Half Men" with 92,500 and "Person of Interest" with 87,200. The NBA pregame pulled 84,400 to ABC. The season premiere of "Burn Notice" on USA engaged 78,200.
Other programs of note: Jimmy Kimmel's prime-time ABC special amused 56,500, and the series premiere of "Graceland" on USA was the stop for 52,900. (That series films in the Fort Lauderdale area.)
In national ratings, ABC won the night by averaging 10.5 million to CBS' 6.8 million, Fox's 4 million, NBC's 2.4 million and The CW's 820,000. ABC also won the 18-to-49 age group.
"The Big Bang Theory" still pulled 9.4 million to CBS. The rest of the CBS lineup: "Two and a Half Men" with 7.2 million, "Person of Interest" with 6.7 million and "Elementary" with 5.4 million. The NBA pregame also had 5.4 million viewers, but Kimmel was the choice of just 4.1 million.
"Hell's Kitchen" served up 5.3 million fans to Fox.
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