Game 5 of the NBA Finals on ABC was the big winner on Sunday opposite the Tonys on CBS and reruns on NBC and Fox, according to preliminary results. The match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics attracted 14.3 million viewers, up 42 percent from last year’s series-deciding game between the Lakers and Orlando Magic (10.1 million). ABC won the night in viewers (12.87 million)- which represented its most-watched summer Sunday in 10 years — and among adults 18-49.
The Tonys drew 7 million viewers — down 5 percent versus last year’s telecast (7.4 million). It also was down 8 percent in the key adult demographic. CBS finished the night in second place among total viewers, with 7.47 million.
Fox aired repeats of its animated shows and the canceled comedies ‘Til Death and Sons of Tucson. It averaged 3.39 million viewers for the night and ranked No. 2 among adults 18-49. NBC aired Dateline Sunday followed by repeats of Losing it with Jillian and Last Comic Standing. The network averaged 3.59 million viewers for the night.