Thursday night’s game, which again saw the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, drew an 12.3 rating in Nielsen’s metered market households. For comparison, 2017’s Game 1 drew a 12.4 household rating.
In the overnight ratings, Game 1 drew a 5.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers, though due to the nature of live sports these numbers will be subject to adjustment later today. Last year’s Game 1 initially drew a 5.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.7 million viewers before adjusting up to a 6.9 and 18.7 million. 2016’s Game 1 drew a 7.3 rating and 19.2 million viewers when all was said and done.
Earlier on ABC, the special “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” drew a 2.5 and 8.6 million viewers. “NBA Countdown” drew a 3.0 and 9.2 million viewers.
NBC, CBS, Fox, and The CW aired only repeats
ABC dominated all of their primetime competition, winning the night with a 4.3 and 12 million viewers. NBC was second in the demo with a 0.9 but third in viewers with 4.4 million. CBS was third in the demo with a 0.8 but second in viewers with 5.1 million. Fox was fourth overall with a 0.5 and 1.8 million. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 696,000 viewers.