NBA Finals Generates Best Game 2 Overnight Rating Since 2004

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June 15th, 2012

via press release:

The NBA Finals Game 2 on ABC – Miami Heat defeated Oklahoma City to even the series at 1-1 – generated an 11.8 overnight rating, the best overnight rating for a Game 2 since 2004 and second highest ever on ABC, according to Nielsen. The 11.8rating is up 12 percent compared to last year’s Finals Game 2 (Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks), which earned a 10.5.
The two-game NBA Finals overnight ratings average for 2012 is an 11.8, up 11 percent from last year. Game 2 peaked with a 15.1 rating from 11:30to 11:45p.m. ET.
In Oklahoma City, the game generated a 44.4 rating, the highest for an NBA game ever in the market (Game 1 of this series was the previous high with a 44.3). In Miami, the game generated a 30.3rating.
The only other Game 2 telecast with a higher overnight on ABC was the 12.3 rating for the 2004 NBA Finals (Detroit Pistons vs. L.A. Lakers).
The Kia NBA Countdown pregame show averaged a 3.8overnight rating, up 9 percent from a 3.5for last year’s Game 2 pregame show. The two-game overnight average for the program is a 4.2, up 20 percent.
The 2012 NBA Finals will continue with Game 3 on Sunday, June 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN Radio and ESPN3.
  • Silvio

    Same as Game 1. Then final ratings for Game 2 should be similar as in G1:
    around 10.0 HH, around 7.0 A18-49 and 16+ million total viewers

  • AppleStinx

    The referee was in perfect control of the game last night, and control it he did, esp. in the last quarter. :wink:

  • Melanie P.

    Great game and very thrilling all the way to the end. Go Heat!!

  • Laurence Glavin

    Oklahoma City is too small to be the NBC Champ. The home office will instruct the refs to extend the series to seven games, then give it to major market Dade County.

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