×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Heat-Pacers Clincher on TNT Draws Season-Best 11.6 Million

Despite blowout, it tops the night and does best same-night demo rating of any show since April

The Miami Heat’s decisive victory over the Indiana Pacers in the seventh and deciding game of their NBA playoff series Monday night on TNT produced the largest audience for a pro basketball game this season — 11.57 million viewers.

It’s also the largest audience ever for an NBA game on TNT, whose history with the league goes back 29 years.

The audience would have been even higher if the defending champs were seriously threatened in the second half, but they ended up winning by 23 to earn a slot in the NBA Finals, which began Thursday on ABC. The previous high was Game 6 of the same Eastern Conference finals series last Thursday, which drew 8.54 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Miami was the top-rated among Nielsen’s metered markets, with 31.7% of homes watching. The game earned a 21.9 rating in Indianapolis.

Monday night’s game drew the highest same-night adults 18-49 rating (5.1) of any primetime telecast since the April 15 episode of NBC’s “The Voice” (5.2). It did a big 7.1 rating in men 18-34, and its 3.7 rating in women 18-34 was bigger than anything else on television on the night; it ranked second to NBC’s “The Voice” among women 18-49.

The 11.6 million in total viewers was also the best on Monday, ahead of the 11.3 million for “The Voice.”

Hockey’s Stanley Cup Playoffs action also aired Monday, with Game 2 of the series between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins averaging a 1.1 rating in 18-49 and 2.6 million viewers overall. Like the basketball game, this one was also lopsided, with the Bruins winning 5-1.

More TV

  • Topher Grace'Breakthrough' film premiere, Arrivals, Regency

    Listen: Topher Grace on How 'Saturday Night Live' May Be TV's Most Important Show

    Topher Grace believes we may take “Saturday Night Live” for granted. After nearly 45 years, the late-night sketch series has become such an institution that it’s easy to forget the program’s unique place in TV history. “There’s something special about ‘SNL’ and how it’s been in the same place the whole time,” Grace told Variety‘s [...]

  • Game of Thrones finale

    Six Things We Learned From 'Game of Thrones: The Last Watch' Documentary

    HBO gave fans a long parting look at the making of “Game of Thrones” on Sunday night in a two-hour documentary that focused on the Herculean efforts by the small army craft and technical experts who worked on the mammoth fantasy drama. “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” introduced viewers to the leaders of the [...]

  • 'Killing Eve' Season 2 Failed Where

    'Killing Eve' Season 2 Stumbled Where 'Barry' Soared (Column)

    SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the entire second seasons of “Killing Eve” and “Barry.”  I was dead certain that “Killing Eve” and “Barry” — two of my favorite television debuts of 2018 — should have ended after a single season. Both coincidentally starring unstable assassins, the shows were smart, propulsive, and extremely weird [...]

  • A.P. BIO -- "Melvin" Episode 208

    'AP Bio' Canceled After Two Seasons at NBC

    “AP Bio” has been canceled at NBC. Series creator Mike O’Brien shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing that “This has been my favorite project of my life.” In the single-camera comedy, Glenn Howerton portrayed a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar who lost out on his dream job and was forced to return to Toledo, [...]

  • James Holzhauer $2 million

    'Jeopardy!' Champion James Holzhauer Hits $2 Million Winnings Milestone

    This current “Jeopardy!” player has just won over $2 million on the popular game show. Who is James Holzhauer? The 34 year old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has hit a “Jeopardy!” milestone by becoming only the second person in the show’s history to win over $2 million in regular season play. Holzhauer won [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content