NBA, talent shows rule


NEW YORK -- Basketball and talent shows commanded TV viewers' attention last week.

Three nights of NBA finals with Miami facing San Antonio were the top programs in prime time. They helped ABC, the network that aired them, to win the week overall, according to the Nielsen Co.

Sunday's game was the week's most-watched show, seen by 16.3 million viewers; Thursday's game drew 16.2 million and Tuesday's clash was seen by 14 million viewers.

NBC's Monday edition of "The Voice" was right behind in fourth place, with the Tuesday edition of the singing competition claiming sixth place for the week. Tucked in between was "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

For the week, front-runner ABC averaged 7.5 million viewers. NBC was second with 6.1 million, followed by CBS with 5.1 million, while Fox had 3.1 million.

USA was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.7 million viewers in prime time. Disney Channel had 2.5 million, History had 2.1 million and Fox News Channel had 1.7 million.

NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. ABC's "World News" was second with 6.8 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.8 million viewers.

For the week of June 10-16, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships (in millions):

1. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Sunday) (ABC), 16.27.

2. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Thursday) (ABC), 16.23.

3. NBA Finals: San Antonio vs. Miami (Tuesday) (ABC), 14.0.

4. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 11.8.

5. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday) (NBC), 11.5.

6. "The Voice" (Tuesday) NBC, 10.6.

7. "NCIS" (CBS), 8.67.

8. "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), 8.62.

9. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 7.4.

10. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS), 7.1. ‘Nightline' anchor heading overseas

NEW YORK -- ABC News "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran is getting a new posting as the London-based chief foreign correspondent for the network.

It's a revived position at ABC News. The late Peter Jennings spent several years as a London-based correspondent before becoming the network's chief news anchor.

Dan Abrams will replace Moran alongside Cynthia McFadden and Bill Weir as "Nightline" anchors.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood says Abrams will also be a chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News and expand his role on "Good Morning America."

NBC News airing Valerie Harper doc

NEW YORK -- Valerie Harper has agreed to give a first-person account of her battle with terminal cancer to NBC News.

The network says Meredith Vieira will host the documentary, which will air in prime time. No airdate has been set.

The actress gained fame playing Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." She announced this year that she has been diagnosed with brain cancer. She was given as little as three months to live when diagnosed March 6, which she has already exceeded.

NBC says the 73-year-old Harper has allowed cameras to follow her since she was diagnosed.


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