TV Ratings: NBA conference semi-finals, NASCAR dominate


Fast national ratings for Saturday, May 7. Saturday's prime-time viewing was mostly devoted to NBA basketball. ABC's airing of the NBA Conference Semi-finals: Miami Heat vs. the Boston Celtics steadily grew in viewership throughout the evening, chased -- not especially closely -- by FOX's live coverage of the NASCAR Showtime Southern 500.ABC led the night in total viewers with 7 million and a 2.9 rating/10 share. Fox pulled in a tidy Saturday night audience as well, with 6.3 million watching and a 1.8 rating/6 share. The rest of the TV watching was a hodge-podge of crime procedurals and true crime programming -- "NCIS," "CSI: Miami," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "48 Hours Mystery," none of which did especially hopping business.Saturday hour by hour:8 p.m.FOX: "NASCAR 2011" (6.5 million viewers, 1.8/7 households)ABC: "NBA Conference Semi-finals" (5.7 million viewers, 2.2/8 households)CBS: "NCIS" (5.2 million viewers, 0.7/2 households)NBC: "Chase" (3.6 million viewers, 0.8/3 households)18-49 leader: "NBA...


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