Game 1 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals scores 13.1 overnight rating, best since 2001


Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors  drew a 13.1 overnight rating (% of households in the largest 56, out of 210 markets.) That’s up 1.5% versus last year’s Game 1 of the NBA finals which drew a 12.9 overnight rating for a game the Warriors won in overtime.  The game peaked with a 14.8 rating from 10:45-11PM ET.

While that might not be as big of an increase as some predicted, considering last year’s game went to overtime and this year the Warriors were cruising in the 4th quarter, and the whole “best game 1 ratings since 2001” thing the numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

Tip of the hat to Peter Wade who was first with the overnight rating by a wide margin:

Update: Here’s the local market info via ESPN:

The broadcast peaked with a 14.8 rating from 10:45 p.m.-11 p.m. ET.

Market Rating
Cleveland 36.0
San Francisco 32.8
Sacramento 20.2
Columbus 18.9
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 18.8
San Antonio 18.7
Atlanta 16.9
Birmingham 14.5
West Palm Beach 14.4
Houston 14.1

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