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Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 5, 2014. The air-conditioning-free Game 1 of the NBA Finals caused problems for both LeBron James and ABC's competition on Thursday night as the Heat-Spurs showdown dominated primetime in all measures. The Miami/San Antonio opener was in line with last year's Game 1 ratings, which makes sense since that was also a Heat-Spurs Finals. Fittingly, only "Hell's Kitchen," which only had to face ABC's pre-game, avoided drops on Thursday as "Undateable," "Gang Related" and "Last Comic Standing" all dipped. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 4.2 rating for Thursday night, tops in the key demographic by a wide margin. CBS, NBC and Fox all posted 1.2 key demo ratings to tie for second, while The CW had a 0.3 key demo rating for the night. Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 10.66 million viewers and a 6.5 rating/11 share for Thursday primetime, far ahead of the 5.71 million viewers and 3.8/7 for CBS. »


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