The Cleveland Cavaliers’ showstopping victory against the Golden State Warriors helped ABC score a ratings record, with early Nielsen estimates putting the game at 18.9 in overnight metered market ratings, which makes the match-up the highest-rated sports telecast on ABC or ESPN in a decade, and the top score ABC has ever seen from an NBA broadcast.
The second-highest rated NBA game ever on ABC was Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in 2010, which drew an 18.2 overnight rating. Sunday’s game was TV’s most watched telecast overall since ABC’s 2016 Academy Awards, and the top rated among Adults 18-49 since CBS’ Super Bowl 50.
The clash between the Cavs and the Warriors was up 7% from the most recent time the NBA Finals went to Game 7, when Miami Heat took on the San Antonio Spurs in 2013 and drew a 17.7 overnight rating.
In live plus same day ratings, the NBA Finals nabbed a 11.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 30.8 million viewers.