TV Ratings: NBA Finals Rebound With Game 4, Swamp Thing Grows CW Slot

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night averaged 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up sharply from Game 3 to mark the series’ best preliminary numbers since its Sept. 30 tipoff.

NBC’s Weakest Link (4.7 mil/0.8) dropped from last week’s pre-debate premiere yet still led Tuesday’s non-NBA fare in both measures. Leading out of that, Ellen’s Game of Games returned to 3.5 mil/0.6, while Transplant (3.1 mil/0.4) dipped from its previous outing.

Elsewhere:

FOX | Cosmos (1.3 mil/0.3) dipped to hit and tie season lows, while NEXT (1.8 mil/0.3) debuted to 1.8 mil and a 0.3 (well below L.A.’s Finest and Filthy Rich, which both premiered to 3 mil/0.5). TVLine readers gave the evil A.I. drama opener an average grade of “B,” with 87% planning to stay tuned.

THE CW | Swamp Thing (1.1 mil/0.2) gave the network’s 8 o’clock hour its largest audience since May 19 (DC’s Stargirl), and the 90-minute period its best audience since Feb. 4.

CBS | The FBI Declassified did 3.4 mil and a 0.35.

The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!

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