Second Highest-Rated NBA Finals Game 6 Ever on ABC

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June 19th, 2013


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Second Highest-Rated NBA Finals Game 6 Ever on ABC

Fourth Highest-Rated NBA Game in ABC History


NBA Finals Game 6 on ABC – the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to even the series in an overtime thriller – scored a 14.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the second highest-rated NBA Finals Game 6 ever on ABC and the fourth highest rated game ever on the network.


Game 6 is also expected to mark the 36th consecutive time an NBA Finals telecast has won the night for all of television and is the 24th straight time it has delivered double-digit overnight ratings. The game peaked at a 19.8 rating from 11:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET.


Last night’s game trails only Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Game 7 in 2010 (18.2), Los Angeles Lakers-Detroit Pistons Game 5 in 2004 (15.5) and Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks Game 6 in 2011 (15.0).


NBA Finals Game 6 scored strong local ratings with a 47.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 35.4 in Miami.  In addition, ABC’s Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show delivered a strong 4.4 overnight rating, up 16 percent from the pre-game show prior to 2011 NBA Finals Game 6 (3.8).


ESPN digital growth continues

Game 6 of The Finals on ABC live through special simulcasts on ESPN3 was the largest NBA game of the season to date and of any NBA Finals game in 2012 with over 25 million total minutes and an average minute audience of 129,000 across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox (source: Adobe SiteCatalyst). Additionally, NBA content across ESPN digital platforms generated over 100 million total minutes, the largest single day of the NBA Playoffs and nearly half of which were consumed on mobile properties.  NBA content on also logged an average minute audience of 22,000 (up 211 percent compared to Games 1-5).


The 2013 NBA Finals will continue with the decisive Game 7 on Thursday, June 20, at 9 p.m. on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The telecast will be preceded by Kia NBA Countdown at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN3.



  • Devin

    Jordan ratings for Game 7.

  • Mikey

    I kinda doubt that we’ll see Jordan numbers (18.0-22.0 final rating) for Game 7. We’ll most likely see a final rating of 14.0-16.0 and around 25-30 million viewers.

  • SomeGuy32

    The 98 Finals AVERAGED an 18.7 final rating – Game 6 got a 22.3 that year.

    This year only one of the first 5 games got over a 10.0 final rating (obviously it’ll be 2 including last night)

  • Frank

    If there is ever a Lakers-Heat or Knicks-Heat game 7 those ratings will be in the upper 28’s

  • kbmv


    Knicks and Heat are in the same conference. Heat/Lakers would be epic. Or Bulls/Lakers. Although Kobe is almost done so we probably won’t see it.

  • kbmv

    Game 7 should be around the Lakers/Celtics game 7 in 2010. If the game stays close, it should get around an 17-18 overnight rating. Around 26-28 million viewers. Maybe more if we get overtime.

  • tati

    People, people…. remember the Spurs are involved here.

    This is the 16th ranked TV market v. 36th ranked.. however, if this series had been competitive game to game wise, the ratings would’ve been better.

  • AppleStinx

    Surprise, surprise. There will be a game 7.
    I checked the NBA game once and it was Spurs up by double digits in the 3rd quarter. I had no doubt that Miami would win the game.

  • yoyo


  • jp

    Great game. Tough ending since I was pulling for the Spurs. ESPN/ABC and the NBA are doing cartwheels with those numbers. Thursday game will do at least 25 million viewers.

  • mike

    Knew they were going to 7.

  • KJ Styles

    I’m not surprised at these numbers. It was a classic game. You will see Jordan numbers for Game 7 for certain. I hope the Spurs win. I hate Lebron with a passion!

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