Update: the game averaged 8.28 million viewers, up 29% from last year’s number on TNT (Spurs-Thunder) and up 59% from 2013 when ESPN last had the Western Conference finals. The game drew a 5.0 national household rating (all 210 markets) up 19% from the comparable game last year on TNT.
The Houston Rockets staved off elimination versus the Golden State Warriors in game 4 to force a game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 averaged a 6.0 overnight rating, up 22% from last year’s Spurs-Thunder game 4 which drew a 4.9 rating on TNT. The game was up a big 46% from the last time the WCF was on ESPN in 2013 (Spurs-Grizzlies) that drew a 4.1 overnight in game 5.
The game peaked with a 6.8 rating from 10:45-11p. Locally the game scored a 19.5 rating in the San Francisco market, the best ever in the market going back at least to 2003. The game drew a 14.1 rating in Houston.
Overnight household rating = the live+same day DVR overnight metered-market household rating from the top 56 Nielsen television markets. The 56 markets () 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.