(Updated) Game 5 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals scores a 14.2 overnight rating, highest of the series


Update: game 5 averaged 20,511,000 viewers with a peak audience of 24,840,000 viewers from 10:30-11p and through 5 games the series is averaging 19.215 million surpassing the Lakers-Celtics series in 2010 to become the most-watched NBA Finals since they moved to ABC in 2003.

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Game 5 of the NBA Finals where the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 3-2 lead in the series averaged a 14.2 overnight rating. That’s the highest overnight rating for the series so far, up versus Thursday night’s 13.9.  Per ABC/ESPN it’s the highest-rated game 5 in over a decade and up 21%  from last year’s game 5 (Spurs-Heat).

The broadcast peaked with a 18.1 rating from 10:30-10:45p.

In the Cleveland market the game drew a 42.5 rating and in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market the game scored a 33.6 rating.

Through 5 games the Finals are averaging a 13.5 overnight rating, up 27 percent from last year and the highest-ever since moving to ABC.

More via ESPN.

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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