Saturday TV Ratings 7/17/21: NBA Finals Slip But Still Dominate, MLB and Superstar Racing Experience Also Drop (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: Game 5 of the NBA Finals (1.9) was down six-tenths from the preliminary rating of the 4th one (2.5) but remained a tick above what game 3 garnered in prelims (1.8). ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Game Night' (1.1) and 'NBA Countdown' (1.0) were able to stay around the same vicinity in the 8pm slot. On Fox, 'MLB Regional Coverage' (0.3) was a tenth shy of last week's telecast. (0.42). NBC had middling reruns of 'America's Got Talent' (0.2) and 'Dateline' (0.3). But the peacock network was still well above CBS, with 'Superstar Racing Experience' (0.1) and a repeat of '48 Hours' (0.1) crashing into anemic territory on the Tiffany network. 

Finals Update: NBA Finals Game 5 (+1.2), MLB Regional Coverage (+0.1), and the repeat of America's Got Talent (+0.1) adjusted up. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (-0.6) and NBA Countdown (-0.3) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating

Viewers (mil)


8 PMJimmy Kimmel Live Game Night0.471.83ABC

MLB Regional Coverage0.372.30Fox

America's Got Talent (R)0.251.87NBC

Superstar Racing Experience0.141.27CBS
8:30 PMNBA Countdown0.702.77ABC
9 PM2021 NBA Finals Game 53.059.62ABC
10 PMDateline NBC (R)0.332.49NBC

48 Hours (R)0.111.03CBS
(R) = repeat

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