Lakers-Celtics give NBA biggest audience since ’98

Artest
The final score of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Game 7: 28.2 million. That’s the total audience for Thursday’s broadcast, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan’s Chicago farewell against Utah attracted 35.9 million viewers.

The game had a 11.4 rating and 33 share among viewers 18-49.

This year’s finale drew twice as many viewers as the final game of the 2009 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Orlando Magic (14.2 million viewers).The final game of the 2008 NBA Finals between Boston and Los Angeles had 16.9 million viewers, and the finale of the 2007 Finals between San Antonio and Cleveland (a four-game sweep) had 9.91 million viewers.

Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel’s latenight show is dispensing with its customary Friday repeat for a fresh episode that will have Lakers star Kobe Bryant and backbone Derek Fisher among the guests. Teammate Pau Gasol, meanwhile, will stop by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

More TV

  • Paula Kerger

    PBS Chief Talks Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, #MeToo

    The final score of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Game 7: 28.2 million. That’s the total audience for Thursday’s broadcast, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan’s Chicago farewell against Utah attracted 35.9 million viewers. The game had a 11.4 rating and 33 share […]

  • PBS logo

    PBS Sets New Shows '#MeToo Now What?,' 'Native America,' 'Great American Read'

    The final score of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Game 7: 28.2 million. That’s the total audience for Thursday’s broadcast, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan’s Chicago farewell against Utah attracted 35.9 million viewers. The game had a 11.4 rating and 33 share […]

  • Facebook Watch Chief Talks Early Lessons

    Facebook Watch Chief Talks Early Lessons From Video Push, Unveils 3 New Shows

    The final score of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Game 7: 28.2 million. That’s the total audience for Thursday’s broadcast, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan’s Chicago farewell against Utah attracted 35.9 million viewers. The game had a 11.4 rating and 33 share […]

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    The final score of the Lakers-Celtics NBA Game 7: 28.2 million. That’s the total audience for Thursday’s broadcast, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan’s Chicago farewell against Utah attracted 35.9 million viewers. The game had a 11.4 rating and 33 share […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content