2015-06-05t040245z1631042188nocidrtrmadp3nba-playoffs-cleveland-cavaliers-at-golden-state-warriors

via press release:

Highest-Rated NBA Finals Game 1 Ever on ABC: 12.9 Overnight Rating

  • Up 24 Percent From Last Year; Broadcast Peaked with 15.6 Rating
  • NBA Finals Expected to Win the Night for 43rd Consecutive Time

 

Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in an overtime thriller, delivered a 12.9 overnight rating, making it the highest-rated NBA Finals Game 1 ever on ABC, according to Nielsen. The broadcast peaked with a 15.6 from 11:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET.

 

NBA Finals Game 1 was also up 24 percent from a 10.4 for last year’s Game 1 (Miami Heat-San Antonio Spurs).

 

It is expected that the NBA Finals will win the night across television for the 43rd consecutive time.

 

Record local numbers

Game 1 on ABC delivered a 41.4 rating in the Cleveland market and a 28.9 in the San Francisco market. Both are the highest-rated NBA games on ABC ever in the respective markets. Top 10 local markets:

 

Market

Rating

Cleveland

41.4

San Francisco

28.9

Columbus

21.1

Memphis

19.9

Norfolk

16.5

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

16.2

Sacramento

15.7

Atlanta

15.6

Richmond-Petersburg

15.2

Raleigh-Durham

15.0

 

Additionally, NBA Countdown – ABC’s NBA Finals pre-game show – generated a 4.6 overnight rating, which is up 18 percent from 3.9 for the corresponding show leading into Game 1 in 2014.

 

The NBA Finals will continue with Game Two on ABC this Sunday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET. NBA Countdown will precede the broadcast at 7:30 p.m. For more details on ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA Finals coverage, visit ESPN Media Zone.

 

 

Posted by:Steve Baron

VP/Digital for TV station ownership group; Dad to young twins, runner, skier & spend a lot of times in airplanes.

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