TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Delivers 5.3 U.S. HH Rating & 8.2 Million Total Viewers

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May 23rd, 2013


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TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Delivers 5.3 U.S. HH rating & 8.2 Million Total Viewers  Network Ranks No. 1 Across All of Television in Prime Time Based on Nielsen Metered Market Ratings

Most-Viewed 2013 NBA Playoff Game to Date
TNT’s exclusive presentation of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat delivered a 5.3 U.S. HH rating and 8.2 million total viewers, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals, and propelled the network to rank No. 1 across all of television (cable or broadcast) in prime time. Last night’s game is the highest-rated and most-viewed 2013 NBA Playoffs telecast to date.

The Pacers/Heat telecast is up 10% in U.S. HH rating (vs. 4.8) and 6% among total viewers (vs. 7.8 million) when compared with the network’s Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.

Last night’s Pacers/Heat telecast generated a 24.4 metered market in Miami and a 20.2 locally in Indianapolis. Miami is the 16th largest DMA among the 56 metered markets (in household reach) with Indianapolis ranking 24th overall.

TNTs coverage of the Pacers/Heat Game 1 was also the most-discussed program of the night across social media platforms, garnering 2.7 million comments from 1.4 million authors.

  • Hillbilly

    Great game last night!

  • USAmerica1st

    Those ratings should grow, now that the Pacers have played Miami so well in Game 1, only to lose in the last 3 seconds over a controversial Indiana coaching decision. San Antonio-Memphis may be another matter.

  • kbmv

    Wow, more than i expected. I think the overtime probably added about a million viewers. Indiana needs to win game 2 or else it’s gonna be a quick series.

  • Joseph

    Apparently, only two broadcast network shows from 9 to 10 P.M. EDT (“Criminal Minds” and “Modern Family”) drew more viewers than did the NBA game.

    With the broadcast networks mostly into reruns, I expect that TNT will win the night among both broadcast and cable for their remaining games of the series (Isn’t ABC going to carry one of the games??).

    And ESPN may also “top the night” among broadcast and cable networks for one or two games of the Western Finals, but the Eastern Finals seem to have the more appealing match-up.

  • Hillbilly

    (Isn’t ABC going to carry one of the games??).

    I think TNT has the rights to the ECF games.

  • dennis

    if heat don’t get more production from allen, battier, cole, chalmers and miller, like they’ve done all season long, they will lose series…

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