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Ratings: TNT Dunks Competition To Win First Week of Summer

HBO’s `Game Of Thrones’ Draws 5.2 Million Viewers As Top Original Series 6/04/2013 12:46 PM Eastern

TNT’s coverage of the Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat NBA Eastern Conference Finals series scored the top three most watched shows for the week and help give TNT the first win of cable’s 2013 summer ratings race. The “drama” network averaged 3.7 million viewers for the week, besting Disney Channel and USA Network’s 2.3 million watchers, according to Nielsen. History (2.1 million viewers) finished fourth followed by Fox News (1.8 million).

And that was before Monday night's concluding seventh game of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers drew a record 11.5 million viewers to TNT, according to Nielsen fast nationals (photo via nba.si.com). The 11.5 million that saw the Heat's victory over the Pacers was the largest audience in TNT's 29-year history of broadcasting the league; it was also the most-watched NBA game on any network this year.

HBO’s Game Of Thrones, meanwhile, continues to rule with viewers. The June 2 episode of the series, which featured a shocking and graphically violent wedding sequence, drew 5.2 million viewers -- tops among entertainment-based shows for the week of May 27 to June 2, according to Nielsen.

TBS (1.8 million viewers); A&E (1.6 million); and Discovery Channel, HGTV and ESPN (tied with 1.3 million) rounded out the top 10.

Nickelodeon took the top slot in total day viewers with 1.7 million viewers, topping Disney Channel (1.6 million) and TNT (1.3 million.)

Tim Baysinger contributed to this article.

Most Watched Shows For The Week Of May 27 to June 2

5/30/2013

NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT-PACERS GM. 5

TNT

8.5 million

6/1/2013

NBA PLAYOFFS- HEAT-PACERS GM. 6

TNT

8.2 million

5/28/2013

NBA PLAYOFFS- HEAT-PACERS GM. 4

TNT

8.1 million

6/2/2013

GAME OF THRONES          

HBO

5.2 million

5/27/2013

NBA PLAYOFFS-GRIZZLIES-SPURS GM. 4

ESPN

5.2 million

5/30/2013

PAWN STARS              

HIST

5.0 million

5/30/2013

PAWN STARS              

HIST

4.3 million

5/27/2013

LONGMIRE                

A&E

4.1 million

5/27/2013

AMERICAN PICKERS        

HIST

4.1 million

5/27/2013

WWE ENTERTAINMENT       

USA

3.9 million

Source: Nielsen

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