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ABC wins the ratings battle while the Heat force a game 7

The Heat beat the Spurs 103-100 in overtime in game 6 of the NBA Finals setting a Thursday night showdown for the NBA Title. It was a win or go home game for Miamiand the star power of LeBron James, along with the high drama of the game, paid off big for both the NBA and ABC.

ABC's numbers are approximate according to the Nielsenratings service, the network currently holds first place in theadvertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 5.4 rating/14 share and second intotalviewers with 13.7 million. Game 6 of the NBA Finals drew a 6.5/18, down 24 percent from the early numbers on last year's Game 6 but still the best ratingsfor the night, and was the most-watched show of the evening with 16.1milliontotal viewers.

Finishing a surprise second was expected winner of last night'sratingrace. NBCs popular "The Voice" season finale matched the ratings for last spring's finale, buttheratings sagged from December's finale, it still looks like the night belongs tobasketballand the NBA Finals. ABC won the night, thanks to Game 6 and you canbetthat they cant wait till game 7 for a one last game, winnertakeall finalonThursday.

A quick fun note is that it will be the NBA's firstdo-or-die matchup to crown a champion since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010.


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