Game 7 Draws 26.3 Million - ABC's 2nd-Biggest-Ever NBA Game and TV's Top Telecast Since the Oscars

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June 21st, 2013


via press release:


Overshadowing Thursday with coverage of the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals (Miami-San Antonio), ABC beat the other networks combined by wide margins (CBS, NBC, Fox and CW) in  Total Viewers (+43%) and Adults 18-49 (+109%).  The Net dominated all 7 evenings of the 2013 NBA Finals among Adults 18-49 and each game of the series ranked as the #1 TV show of the night in Total Viewers and across all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).  In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC scored its strongest Thursday in 3 years – since 6/17/10.


On average, the 2013 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night specials grew by double digits over last year in Total Viewers (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%), delivering the annual program’s 2nd-biggest audience and equaling its best young adult number.


With the Miami Heat defeating the San Antonio Spurs to win its 2nd consecutive championship, ABC’s NBA Finals Game 7 (9-11:52pm ET) shot to the top of the night as Thursday’s dominant #1 TV program in Total Viewers and in each of the key Adult demographics.  In fact in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, Game 7 qualified as TV’s top telecast in 4 months - since ABC’s Oscar broadcast in February on 02/24/13.  In Total Viewers and all key Adult demos, Game 7 was ABC’s 2nd-biggest-ever NBA game – behind only the seventh game of 2010 LA-Boston series on 6/17/10.  Up by 5% over last year’s Miami-Oklahoma series on average, the 2013 NBA Finals finished as the 2nd-most-watched series since 2004.

  • Torrid

    Ya know hockey’s getting an azz-whipping when the usually mouthy fanbois suddenly wanna talk NFL/NBA rather than NHL/NBA right LOL!!!

    By the way I LOOOOVE me some NFL… That’s the quintessential AMERICAN!!! sport and football season is right around the corner now that the NBA is done.

    Ah by the way … I recall seeing a whole lot of hockey fans disparaging the NFL too on this and other forums/fora – I will be monitoring from time to time to see when they raise their bitter jealous comments about football season too.

  • Derrick


    the bcs title game was on ESPN (pay cable). this game was on broadcast tv.

  • Fed master

    It still baffles me how americans call their sport football when 98% of the time the ball is carried with hands and yet the real sport that’s played with feet is called soccer.

  • Waksman

    Now hockey fan boys stfu. Further proves nobody watches hockey so please stop bringing up whack hockey nobody will ever run to their TV saying oh the Stanley cup finals are on. Lmao. I know alot of American wont. Please go cry about it. Also why you hockey fan boys think the Olympics got rid of hockey? It garners no audience clowns

  • Waksman

    @sunshinegravy can you read or are you retarded. It beat out the world series and hockey what other sport is beating it but football you crybaby?. What sport is hockey beating out

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