Game 5 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals averages 20.5 million viewers, highest of the series


Update: the game averaged 20.528 million viewers, on par with last year’s game 5.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors to extend the series to a 6th game averaged a 14.2 overnight rating. That’s the highest overnight rating for the series so far, and even versus last year’s 14.2 overnight for game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

Top local markets on ABC: Game 5

Market Rating
Cleveland 38.5
San Francisco-Oakland* 36.9
Sacramento 20.4
Miami 20.1
Columbus 19.6
Memphis 19.4
Atlanta 19.1
San Antonio 18.0
Portland 17.5
Birmingham 16.4

*The 36.9 rating in San Francisco-Oakland is the second-highest rated NBA game ever in the market on ABC.

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Overnight household rating = the live+same day DVR overnight metered-market household rating from the top 56 Nielsen television markets. The 56 markets (out of 210 total) account for about 70% of the US TV-viewing population. The  overnight household rating is  the percentage of the households that were tuned-in in those markets

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