By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 18, 2003 03:25 PM
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Looks like viewers would rather go outside and play basketball than watch it on TV this summer.

Third-ranked network ABC shot an airball with its coverage of the NBA Finals, which wrapped up with the San Antonio Spurs’ Game 6 title win over the New Jersey Nets. The matchup was the lowest-rated championship series in at least 27 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

On another game front, ABC also aired the seventh game of the National Hockey League finals, in which the New Jersey Devils beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. And while it was the highest-rated pro hockey game on TV since at least 1987, hockey is not particularly popular — so no ratings boost there, either, the Associated Press notes.

Meanwhile, reruns of CBS’s “CSI” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” once again topped the ratings, drawing 14.6 million viewers and 14 million viewers, respectively.

For the week of June 9-15, NBC led the way with an average of 8.36 million viewers; CBS had 8.35 million; ABC, 7.1 million; FOX, 5.9 million; UPN, 3.2 million and the WB, 2.9 million.

The Top 10 programs of the week were as follows:

1. “CSI,” CBS, 14.6 million viewers
2. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 14 million
3. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 12.8 million
4. “Law & Order,” NBC, 12.4 million
5. “Still Standing,” CBS, 12 million
6. NBC Finals Game 6, ABC, 11.6 million
7. “Without a Trace,” CBS, 11.4 million
8. “Dateline NBC,” Monday, NBC, 11.2 million
9. “48 Hours Investigates,” CBS, 10.8 million
10. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 10.5 million