It was not your typical week in the Nielsen ratings for last week -- not by an NBA long shot. ABC's coverage of the first two games of the NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers captured the first two spots on the ratings list, with Game 1 attracting 14.06 million viewers and Game 2 attracting 13.04 million. (In a ratings anomaly, Game 2 actually came out on top.) It was also a good week for NBC, which rarely places any program at all in the top ten, and often not even in the top 20. This week, however, it wound up with four shows on the select list, with the season finale of Law And Order SVU placing third with 11.6 million viewers and its original Law and Order coming in at No. 7. A two-part NBC News special, "Inside the Obama White House," tied for eighth on the list. (Both documentary specials were rebroadcast on Friday and produced the highest ratings of the night.)
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. NBA Finals - Game 2, ABC, 8.2/14; 2. NBA Finals - Game 1, ABC, 7.8/14; 3 . Law and Order SVU , NBC, 7.7/13; 4. NCIS, CBS, 7.4/13; 5. The Mentalist , CBS, 7/11; 6. Two and a Half Men , CBS, 6.3/10; 7. Law and Order , NBC, 6/11; 8. Inside the Obama White House - Pt. 1, NBC, 6/10; 8. (Tie) Inside the Obama White House - Pt. 2, NBC, 6/10; 10. 60 Minutes , CBS, 5.9/12.