(Updated) Cavaliers-Warriors Game 7 draws massive 30.8 million average, peak of 44.5 million

June 20, 2016

Update: the game averaged 30.8 million viewers with a peak of 44.5 million. More details via ESPN. The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win game 7 versus the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship, ending the city of Cleveland’s championship drought. The game  drew an 18.9 overnight rating, tops in the post-Michael Jordan finals era. Game 7 in 2013 (Heat-Spurs) drew a 17.7 overnight…

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Game 6 of Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals draws 14.1 overnight rating, down 11% from 2015

June 17, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the Golden State Warriors to even the series at three games apiece and the game drew a 14.1 overnight rating. That’s down 11% down from last year’s game 6  when the Warriors clinched the series and drew a 15.9 overnight rating. The game peaked with a 16.7 rating. The game averaged a 44.3 rating in the Cleveland market and a 34.9 rating in the San Francisco market…

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

June 14, 2016

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…

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Game 3 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals averages 16.5 million viewers, down 12% from 2015 (Updated)

June 9, 2016

Update: game 3 averaged 16.465 million viewers, down around 12% versus last year’s 18.7 million average for game 3. Cleveland’s win over Golden State in game 3 averaged an 11.8 overnight rating. That’s down 13.9 percent from last year’s game 3 which drew a huge 13.7 overnight rating (last year the series had been tied entering game 3). The telecast peaked with a 13.4 rating from 10-10:15 p.m. ET.  Through…

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Viewership for game 2 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals down 9% from last year (Updated)

June 6, 2016

Update: the game averaged 17.361 million viewers, down 9% from last year’s game 2 which averaged 19.2 million. Game 2 of the 2016 NBA finals drew an 11.8 overnight rating, down 8.5% from last year’s game 2 which drew a 12.9 overnight rating for an overtime thriller Cleveland won. Despite the drop, it tied as the third-highest game 2 of the finals on ABC. The game peaked with a 13.2…

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Game 1 of Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals averages 19.197 million viewers, up 8% from 2015

June 3, 2016

The Golden State Warriors win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 1 of the NBA Finals averaged 19.197 million viewers on ABC, up 8 percent versus the 17.768 million viewers game 1 with the same two teams a year ago (an overtime win for the Warriors). Considering last year’s game was an overtime win for the Warriors and this year the Warriors were cruising in the 4th quarter, ABC/ESPN has…

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